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June 7, 2012
FIVE Navy musicians had the chance
to swap skills and bring an "Aussie
touch" to events after they were invited
to Washington DC in April.
At the request of the Australian
embassy in Washington DC, ABMUSN
Damian Dowd, ABMUSN Peter Taylor,
POMUSN Christopher Palamountain,
ABMUSN Vladimir Shvetsov and
CPOMUSN Andrew Stapleton visited
the US capital.
They participated in Anzac Day
events, supported com memorations
for the 70th anniversary of the Battle
of the Coral Sea and performed at the
Australia n embassy.
POMUSN Palamountain said
throughout the visit they were assisted
by the US Navy Band, who supplied
equipment and a sound operator for all
"It was really interesting to spend
time at the US Navy Band facility to see
how they do business," he said.
"The US Navy Band staff were so
friendly and helped us out im mensely
with equipment and logistics."
The band's Anzac Day commitments
started with a chilly dawn service at the
Korean War memorial, attended by a
crowd of more than 2000 people.
After the ser vice, they performed a
program of Australian and New Zealand
popular songs for a lunchtime reception
at the Australian embassy.
POMUSN Palamountain said the
embassy staff and guests praised the
ensemble and com mented that the enter-
tainment helped create a more casual
and high-spirited event than in previous
The Coral Sea commemoration ser-
vice on May 1 was held at the US Navy
memorial in the heart of the city.
Before the official ser vice, the band
performed a 40-minute bracket of popu-
lar music which helped draw a local
crowd to supplement the large nu mber
of ser vice personnel in attendance.
Following the laying of the
Australian wreath by Ambassador Kim
Beasley, CPOMUSN Stapleton played
the Last Post and reveille.
"I loved Washington," CPOMUSN
"The historic streets, the grand
hotels and the imposing architectu re
The Navy Band also has groups
going to Samoa, Baltimore, Hong Kong
and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo over
the next few months.
THE Navy Bash 'task group' is
looking for charity-minded and
fun-loving personnel to participate
in the 2012 NSW Variety Bash from
The team requires crew for
five cars it will enter in the annual
charity drive that raises money for
Australian children with special
LCDR Wong said the five cars
will be modified with the help of
engineers at FSU-Sydney to look
like a frigate, a submarine, a
replenishment ship and two heli-
"The five Navy cars will par-
ticipate in the 4202km charity voy-
age from Balmain in Sydney to
Bamaga, at the tip of Cape York,"
Those interested need to be
prepared to pay for their food and
accommodation and make a contri-
bution towards the cost of fuel.
They also require approval from
their work area to undertake adven-
ture training and to be prepared to
assist with preparation in their own
time before the event. Mechanical
and/or electrical skills are not essen-
tial.Since 2003 the Navy team has
raised more than $300,000 for the
NSW Variety Bash.
For further details about the 2012 NSW
Variety Bash, contact LCDR Graeme
Wong on 0412 256 918, or graeme.
AUSSIE TOUCH: ABMUSN Damian Dowd, ABMUSN Peter Taylor, POMUSN
Christopher Palamountain, ABMUSN Vladimir Shvetsov and CPOMUSN
Andrew Stapleton perform in Washington DC.
Join the Bash for charity
BIG BUSH BASH: WO Kevin Goodwim, LSMT Jason Rigby, LEUT Sandra Fraser, LSET Daniel
O'Rourke and LCDR Graeme Wong at last year's Bash.
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