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September 29, 2011
rolls out welcome mat
IN STEP: (Above)
Sailors from Cerberus
march through the
streets of Melbourne.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln
PROUD MOMENT: LEUT Ian
Harvey parades the Queen's
Colours before taking station in
the parade and, inset, RADM
Steve Gilmore leads Cerberus
through the city.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
More photos on
"People were generally inquisitive as
to what we were doing and where we had
"I felt so proud to be in the Navy."
The parade, led by Australian Fleet
Commander RADM Steve Gilmore, was
held in central Melbourne as part of cel-
ebrations marking the RAN's centenary
The parade began at the Victorian
Arts Centre, continued along Swanston
Street and ended in front of Melbourne
Town Hall, with the chal-
lenge from Victoria Police.
echoed the sentiments of
"It made me feel proud
to march through my home
city," she said.
"I had some members
of the public comment on
how amazing it was to witness such a
large contingent enter the city with such
coordination, especially how we halted
on the drum beat for the challenge."
For ABBM Daniel Peters, the march
was a new experience for him.
"It was the first time I had worn cer-
emonials. I didn't know how to put it all
together as I've just recently transferred
from the Army," he said.
"I got it all sorted in the end, though."
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle
welcomed the RAN.
"I'm delighted that the City of
Melbourne can honour the RAN in this
way," he said.
The parade was well attended by
Melbourne spectators impressed by the
ceremony and the dress and bearing of
After the parade, the sailors and offic-
ers in attendance were invited into the
Melbourne Town Hall for refreshments
in thanks of their efforts.
CN VADM Ray Griggs said the
welcome received from the
people of Melbourne was
The FoE parade marked
the 90th anniversary of
It was also an opportunity
for the RAN to thank the City
of Melbourne for its support
over that time.
While Victoria doesn't receive as
many ships as New South Wales or
Queensland, it is home to Cerberus --
Navy's premier training establishment
located about one hour south-east of
"Cerberus is a major training facil-
ity for the Navy and the ADF, and
Melbourne plays a critical role in its
operation," VADM Griggs said.
"This is an opportunity for us to thank
the City for its support."
"It made me
feel proud to
my home city."
-- SMNCIS Jessie
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