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May 13, 2010
By Graham Davis, CMDR Steve Dunning,
LEUT Ray Smith and SBLT Carolyn Docking
FROM a sea of white in the north to a blan-
ket of winter rig in the south, the Navy was
obvious in virtually every main centre of
Australia on Anzac Day.
It was also well represented overseas. CN
VADM Russ Crane, was on duty in Gallipoli,
while his deputy, RADM Davyd Thomas, was
Navy's senior representative in Canberra. Fleet
Commander RADM Steve Gilmore led the main
march through Sydney.
Naturally, the major turnout was in the cap-
ital cities. But, from Darwin, Cooktown and
Cairns to the southern and western capitals, full-
time members proudly showed the flag, while
reservists and cadets did the honours in centres
where PN personnel are scarce.
In the far north, the CO of HMAS Labuan,
(LEUT Steven Noakes) sailed the heavy landing
craft to Cooktown, where the ship's company
joined soldiers from 51 Far North Queensland
Regiment and members of RAAF No. 38
Squadron to participate in Anzac Day activi-
ties and officially open the Cooktown RSL sub-
branch's new office.
The 170 Naval personnel on parade in Cairns
formed just part of HMAS Cairns' (CMDR Bob
Heffey) Anzac commitments. In all, more than
400 personnel from the base and its home-ported
fleet units took part in dawn services and march-
es within a radius of at least 300km.
In Brisbane, the Director of Naval Reserve
Support -- Queensland, CMDR Andy Clowes, led
more than 100 RAN members (mostly reservists)
and the Queensland Detachment of the RAN
Band in a snappy "eyes-right" to the Governor,
Ms Penelope Wensley, who was flanked by the
CO of Navy Headquarters South Queensland,
CMDR Geoff Fiedler.
Navy's march through Sydney was the larg-
est. Companies of ships and establishments,
reservists veterans and ships' associations were
Down south, a crowd of more than 40,000
made the dawn pilgrimage to the Shrine of
Remembrance in Melbourne.
Soon after, the Navy platoon of more than
300 led the morning march, undaunted by the
threatening skies. The sailors were bathed in
warm sunshine by the time they ascended the
steps to salute the Eternal Flame.
The main contingent was from HMAS
Cerberus, but many local reserve officers and
sailors also took part, including members of the
Clearance Diving Branch's resident diving team,
South Australia might not boast a large Navy
presence, but 130 crew from the visiting frigate
HMAS Arunta (CMDR Stephen Bowater) nearly
tripled the local numbers. A 20-member contin-
gent from 817 Squadron (LCDR Scott Palmer),
along with personnel from NHQ-SA (CMDR
Michael Doherty) and outstations, helped to
form Navy's biggest presence in the commemo-
rative march through Adelaide to the Cross of
State RSL boss and Reservist LCDR Sam
Jackman said more than 8000 people turned out
for the dawn service, which was attended by the
Governor, RADM Kevin Scarce, service chiefs
and other dignitaries and guests.
"This year we also recognised the contribu-
tion of younger veterans and we had a contin-
gent of Iraqi veterans lead the march," he said.
In Hobart, about 3500 braved chilly condi-
tions to attend the dawn service.
CO NHQ-Tas, CMDR Steve Bliss, later joined
the Governor, Mr Peter Underwood, on the dais
for the salute and the well-attended march, led
by XO NHQ-Tas, LCDR Simon Gourlay.
One of Tasmania's longest-serving reservists,
LS Chris Schott (a total of 38 years' service), car-
ried the NHQ-Tas lifebuoy in the main parade.
And, as proof that no parade is too small,
reservist WO Jim Hart attended a service at
Snug, about 20 minutes south of Hobart.
"I was the only ADF uniformed person at
the event and I assumed the role of parade com-
mander and led a small parade made up of ex-
servicemen, family members and scouts onto the
venue arena to the sound of bagpipes," he said.
All hands on deck
Commanding Officer, cadets and
parents of TS Manoora Naval Cadet
Sunday 25th April, Anzac Day 2010:
Pouring rain, who cared. Sitting with
my mates from years gone by, having
a quiet drink, a laugh, and sharing
stories as we do each year.
A group of young men and women
arriving in the rain in black-and-
white uniforms, laughing and smiling
regardless of how wet they looked. My
eyes were locked on this group. My
mates nudging each other and whis-
pering, "Have a look."
We all took in a breath and our
chests filled with pride. Long ago we
looked like that group of young people.
We wore uniforms similar and we had
smiles on our faces.
From an old Navy dog to the
Commanding Officers and cadets, I
want to take this time to say thank
you all for making my Anzac Day
special. You all wore a uniform with
pride, acted in a manner I thought was
beyond the younger generation and
that was respectful. You all should be
proud of yourselves for the display of
unity, friendship and respect that you
portrayed on Sunday out at Old Bar.
Keep up the good work and thank
you once again for showing what I
went through many years ago in serv-
ice was worth it just to know that it's
carried on today in you young men
Enough to make an old dog proud
A letter from a veteran to the future ...
DISPLAY OF RESPECT: Cadets from TS Manoora, who marched in
Old Bar, Taree and Tuncurry on Anzac Day.
AT THE READY: The
ship's company of
HMAS Tobruk practice
their Anzac Day drill at
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
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