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March 17, 2011
By LEUT Tony White
TASMANIA turned up the heat for
Navy's visit to Hobart for the 173rd Royal
Hobart Regatta People's Day public holi-
day on February 14.
In Tasmania as part of Exercise Triton
Storm I, Seahawk 76 -- embarked in HMAS
Parramatta -- performed wet-winching dem-
onstrations and static displays at the Hobart
Cenotaph where pilots, aircrew and main-
tainers were met by more than 2000 enthu-
siastic visitors over a three-hour period.
Tasmanian-based Dive Team 10 provid-
ed two divers for the wet-winching demon-
stration, where experiencing 80km/h winds
in the down-draught was an "adrenaline
rush" for SMN Luke Shea.
SMN Shea volunteered for the job after
being winched and dropped back into the
water by the A109 helicopter at the 2010
regatta. This year, the divers were winched
into the aircraft and taken for a short flight
over Mount Wellington before landing
again at the cenotaph.
Historically, the regatta began as a
friendly competition between local sailors
and members of the merchant navy. The
regatta holiday is now one of the oldest
continuing public holidays in Australia.
But it wasn't just the "birdies" on show
during Navy Week. The Tasmanian detach-
ment of the RAN Band participated in
a number of activities including a cock-
tail party and Ceremonial Sunset aboard
Parramatta, and spent two days performing
at Princes Wharf at Salamanca.
Bandmaster CPO Daniel Hobson said
the Salamanca performances were linked to
the Australian Wooden Boats Festival and
were very successful.
"This was the first year this popular
biennial festival was free to public, which
ensured that thousands of people attended,"
"The band played three sets of about
50 minutes each day, with each set start-
ing with a drum display. The drum corps
performance comprised drum solos, stick
drills, bugle calls and the drummers beating
to quarters stopped people in their tracks
and led to large crowds for each of our sets.
"The band's mix of modern and classic
rock was appreciated by the crowd."
The band ended the weekend at the
Royal Hobart Regatta performing for
crowds by the River Derwent with Ballarat
at anchor in the background.
On show in Tassie
IMPRESSIVE SIGHT: (Above)
HMA Ships Ballarat (foreground)
and Parramatta alongside in
Hobart and open to the public dur-
ing Tasmania Navy Week.
PRECISION: (Right) The RAN
Band Tasmania Detachment's
drum corps marches on to HMAS
Parramatta's flight deck during a
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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