Home' Navy News : March 4th 2010 Contents Mention you saw this flyer prior to completing your initial contract and we'll give
you a choice of either a Free Nav Man C40 Portable GPS or a Teac
Portable DVD Player when your new vehicle is delivered.
Call us on 1300 738 601
*To qualify for this offer you must mention this advert to Fleet Network, prior to completion of your initial contract.
The offer is subject to Fleet Network's terms and conditions. Check our website for details.
Save now by salary sacrificing your next vehicle.
Fleet Network Pty Ltd D/L No. 20462
$5,000 to be won
$5,000 to be won
Sign up now & help support
Sailors' Recreation, Ship's Funds and Sport
The Win with Navy Raf e
is a RANCCF initiative only open to
Navy (PN or CFTS) personnel.
Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible to enter.
March 4, 2010
By LEUTs Darren Mallett and
THE day was Saturday, July 21,
1984. The place, Todd Pacific
Shipyards, Seattle, USA. It was
commissioning day for the RAN's
frigate HMAS Darwin.
The baby in his father's arms was
blissfully ignorant of the pomp and
ceremony of the occasion. But that
day was a busy one for tradition,
with a christening to take place as
well. CPO Peter Cucilovic passed
the infant over to Principal Chaplain
Jones and watched as his son became
the first baby christened with water
from the upturned ship's bell.
Fast forward 25 years and the
young baby made his second visit
to Darwin, as ABCIS Michael
Cucilovic. Posted to the ship in late
2009, AB Cucilovic joined Darwin
as she returned home from her
south-east Asia deployment and is
now busy, along with the rest of the
ship's company, with the Navy's
Fleet Concentration Period (FCP)
off the eastern seaboard of Australia.
The elder Cucilovic, who was
part of Darwin's commissioning
crew, retired from the Navy in 1986
after 20 years service.
ABCIS Cucilovic joined the
Navy in 2003 and has served as
commissioning crew himself aboard
Nuship Toowoomba. He also par-
ticipated in HMAS Toowoomba's
2007 Gulf deployment in support of
"I've heard the first baby chris-
tened using a ship's bell can lay
claim to that bell once the ship is
decommissioned," ABCIS Cucilovic
Although he's not sure if that part
of tradition is observed by the RAN,
he certainly has the bell in his sights.
"Somewhere in the future when
Darwin is decommissioned, I'll be
asking the question."
According to the younger
Cucilovic, there won't be any power
struggles for the bell with his dad.
"If we are presented with the
bell, it will be safe at mum and dad's
house in Ballina. Probably over the
bar at home."
Bells have a centuries-long tradi-
tion of varied use in the navies and
merchant fleets of the world. They
were historically used for signalling,
Baby finds his way
home to Darwin
MEANT TO BE: ABCIS Michael Cucilovic is currently serving in
HMAS Darwin and was the first baby to be christened with water
from the ship's bell in 1984.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
keeping time and sounding alarms,
fulfilling an important role in ship's
routine and readiness.
Originating in the Royal Navy,
the custom to baptise a child using
water from the ship's bell continues
to this day. Once the baptism is con-
ducted, the child's name is inscribed
inside the bell.
Baptisms with, or consecrations
in the presence of, a ship's bell were
important in times past because ves-
sels were considered to be sovereign
territory. Those ceremonies, con-
ducted for babies born at sea or in
foreign ports, usually guaranteed cit-
izenship to the infants of the country
where the ship was registered.
Editor's note: check out the special lift-
out for more information on the FCP.
Change at the top
AFTER ensuring a successful Standard
Missile 2 test firing from HMAS
Melbourne on December 8, CMDR
Allison Norris handed over the sym-
bolic telescope of command to CMDR
Michael Harris on December 9.
CMDR Norris, who assumed com-
mand of the ship on July 4, 2008, was
farewelled by her ship's company in
true style, conducting a ceremonial
drive-past in a limousine as the crew
lined the ship's side for a farewell "hoo-
Note: Navy News wishes to apologise for
publishing incorrect information in Volume
53, Number 1, which said the date of the
test-firing was December 18. This was
due to incorrect information provided. We
apologise for any inconvenience caused as
SHE'S ALL YOURS: CMDR Allison Norris hands over command of HMAS
Melbourne to CMDR Michael Harris.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
Links Archive February 18th 2010 March 18th 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page