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November 11, 2010
DAWN LANDING: The Five
Powers Rifle Company prac-
tices a pre-dawn beach landing
from HMAS Tobruk's land-
ing craft at Tioman Island,
Malaysia, during Exercise
Bersama Padu 2010.
Photos: SGT Chris Weissenborn
Pepper Penguin's grand day out
By SGT Dave Morley
WHILE the Army may have the space
to keep their mascots in a paddock, the
Navy doesn't have that luxury. Their
mascots need to be of a more inert
HMAS Tobruk's mascot is a prime
example of inertness.
'Pepper the Penguin' is stuffed,
not from the unusually hot and humid
weather Tobruk recently experienced in
the South China Sea, but by his very
nature. But Pepper is no ordinary stuffed
toy.He dresses in tailored DPNU and has
a neck which allows his head to turn -- a
distinct advantage when he's on watch.
More importantly Pepper has his own
Facebook page, which allows families at
home to keep up with their loved ones
while they're away on deployment or
Pepper became restless while Tobruk
was recently alongside in Kuantan,
Malaysia, and was granted leave for the
Training Officer with the embarked
FOC trainees, LEUT Larissa Pervan
Margot, was having a brew in the ward-
room when she was approached and
asked if she was interested in doing
some public relations work.
Replying in the affirmative she was
immediately given three tasks:
find Pepper the Penguin, bearing in
mind, like most seamen, he keeps a
find two midshipmen who could be
released for the morning; and
take them all into Kuantan for a
She quickly located Pepper and
placed him in his carry case, and just
as quickly found Midshipmen Dillon
Gateley and Rogan Meital who were also
available for a 'public relations' task.
MIDN Meital said he wondered what
was going on when LEUT Margot turned
up with a penguin in a bag and told him
he was going into Kuantan.
"At first I thought what we're doing
was just crazy, but as we went on I began
to get into it," he said.
MIDN Gately said he really enjoyed
his day out with Pepper and meeting
some local school children.
"It was an amazing feeling to see
how meeting Pepper affected them and
I'LL HAVE THE FISH: (Above) Pepper Penguin (left) and LEUT Larissa
Pervan Margo peruse the menu at a local restaurant near Kuantan.
EASY RIDER: (Below) MIDNs Dillon Gately (left) and Rogan Meital keep
a good eye on Pepper as he sits astride a motor scooter outside the Royal
Malaysian Navy Base at Kuantan.
how happy they were to cooperate with
us -- it really brought a lot of joy to
them," he said.
"If I was told three weeks ago I'd
be taking a penguin to lunch I'd have
thought, 'are you joking, why do we
have a penguin in Tobruk?'"
LEUT Margot said taking Pepper into
town was a fun task and she especially
enjoyed having lunch with him.
"It was good because we both enjoy
seafood," she said.
"Then we had to go back to the ship,
our brief time together was all too short."
Unfortunately Pepper declined to be
interviewed for this story.
Details of Pepper the Penguin's big day out,
as well as photos and video footage, can be
found on his Facebook page, accessible via
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