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November 8, 2012
Sailors on show in Cairns
LEUT Samantha Dudley
CLOSE ties between the people of
Cairns and Navy were strengthened
when HMAS Cairns celebrated Navy
Week in September.
Navy Week kicked off on
September 15 with the first Freedom
of Entry in the city since 2002.
CO Cairns CMDR Wendy Bullen
said the march through the street
of Cairns was a display of trust and
friendship between citizens and mili-
"In recognising that one decade
had passed since Cairns' last Freedom
of Entry, we were delighted to receive
the invite from Cairns Mayor Bob
Manning," CMDR Bullen said.
Town Sheriff Police Inspector
Mark Jackson said the Freedom of
Entry was an important tradition.
"It's a symbolic ceremony, but it's
a firm sign of the relationship that we
enjoy between the police service and
the armed services here in Cairns,"
Inspector Jackson said.
Navy Week events included a bulk
blood donation that saw 33 officers
and sailors roll up their sleeves to give
blood at the Cairns Blood Donation
"This is the largest number of
blood donations conducted in a sin-
gle visit by Cairns over the past four
years," CMDR Bullen said.
"It's great to see our numbers
growing at each donation."
Another highlight was a visit to
Cairns Base Hospital where staff,
patients and visitors listened to the
Navy Band Sydney Detachment and
feasted on a sausage sizzle cooked by
sailors to raise funds for the Far North
Queensland Hospital Foundation.
"It was fabulous and enhanced
morale," Pippy Cannon, an employee
of the hospital, said.
Fifty-one members also participat-
ed in the 5km Russ Renne Fun Run
along Cairns Esplanade, while Cairns
golfers joined force with ADCU,
Defence Health and 22 civilians at
Paradise Palms Golf Course to raise
more than $2600 for Legacy.
The public were invited to a
Ceremonial Sunset and Beat to
Quarters followed by a Defence
Indigenous Development Program
Cultural performance at Cairns
Later in the week, the Navy band
again showcased their talents with a
performance at an aged care facili-
ty while Navy domestic engagement
members exchanged stories with the
residents during the show.
At the Navy Week official recep-
tion, recognition of the base turning
30 was given as a wall of honour pay-
ing tribute to Cairns and her previous
and current fleet units was unveiled
by former lieutenant commander Peter
"This memorial not only records
the proud history of Cairns and her
ships, it serves also to remind us that
we progress by standing on the shoul-
ders of those who came before us," Mr
The week ended with the annual
Navy Week Open Day. Almost 3500
visitors streamed through the base
over four hours to enjoy tours of HMA
Ships Wollongong, Shepparton and
Open day activities included RHIB
rides, a beat the PT challenge, face
painting and jumping castles for the
kids, sausage sizzles, survival at sea,
clearance diving, Fleet Support Unit,
hydrographic and weapons displays,
as well an interactive Red Man Suit
CO Labuan LCDR Andrew Staker
said even messes and recreational
spaces were on show.
"I wanted to make sure that every-
one who visited my ship received the
best possible experience," he said.
CMDR Bullen said the open day
allowed Navy to showcase sailors,
their skills and equipment to the com-
"Next year will hopefully be even
bigger and better," she said.
MORE than 7000 people con-
verged on the Air Warfare Destroyer
Alliance facility at Techport to enjoy
South Australia's annual Navy open
day on October 14, and they weren't
There was something for every-
one: balloon animals and face paint-
ing for the smallest visitors, Navy
merchandise for kids of all ages,
personnel on hand to answer ques-
tions and a variety of capability on
Visitors got a rare close-up of
the individual AWD modules under
construction, as well as modules that
have already been assembled for
the first AWD, to be named HMAS
Of course, a Navy open day
wouldn't be complete without a
ship, and HMAS Parramatta was
alongside with an open gangway for
CO Parramatta CMDR Simon
Cannell and his ship's company
dressed ship and guided the eager
throngs from the flight deck through
to the forecastle.
"It was a great day to visit South
Australia and show off the ship,"
CMDR Cannell said.
"People were very enthusiastic
and quizzed the crew on everything
from the type of paint we use on the
hull to our role on operations."
Another crowd favourite was the
CLOSE TIES: HMAS Cairns
celebrated Navy Week in September,
giving the local community a chance
to participate in many hands-on
activities including RHIB rides (above)
with SMNBM Jarryd Korevaar and
ABBM Jacob Machen, flashing light
demonstrations with ABCIS Rebecca
Brewer (left), and face painting with
ABMT Khristy Jensen (main).
Photos: LEUT Samantha Dudley
Up close in Adelaide
Bell on display, with 723SQN air
crew, led by LEUT Bradley Eaton,
eager to answer questions.
Members of AUSCDT-One and
Reserve Dive Team 9 also enter-
tained visitors in the demonstration
dive tank, even playing underwater
naughts and crosses with delighted
The SA detachment of the Navy
Band kept toes tapping through-
out the day, playing a wide range
of popular tunes, while Australian
Navy Cadets and members from
Defence Force Recruiting and the
Naval Association of Australia
assisted visitors and promoted life
in the Navy.
SAFETY FIRST: MIDN Maria Marinogomez shows a young visitor
how to wear a protective helmet worn by boarding teams.
CPL Neville Pace
plays a game
of naughts and
crosses with a
young visitor (above)
while people fill
during the open day
Photos: CPOIS David Connolly
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