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SAILORS from HMAS Penguin
reconnected with Navy's past when
they hoisted the Australian White
Ensign on the refurbished mast of
HMAS Sydney I during a dedication
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim
Barrett hosted the dedication ceremo-
ny at Bradley's Head in Sydney on
It linked the sailors to the crew of
Sydney I, who 99 years earlier con-
ducted a colours ceremony on the
same mast-arm on the morning they
defeated German raider SMS Emden
RADM Barrett said Sydney I's
triumph in November 1914 marked
Navy's first victory at sea and instilled
a sense of national pride in a growing
"Sydney's battle with Emden is
a feat of arms that has never slipped
from the Navy's or the nation's con-
sciousness," he said.
Navy won worldwide acclaim for
destroying the elusive German raid-
er, which had sunk some 20 Allied
warships and vessels in the opening
months of the war.
RADM Barrett said the upgrade
of Sydney's mast was part of a joint
venture between the NSW Office of
Environment and Heritage and the Navy.
The mast was upgraded ahead of
Raised again in
Navy's International Fleet Review
(IFR) where it played an important role.
"All naval ships, on entering
Sydney Harbour, honour Navy's war
dead by saluting the mast and the
ensign that flies from it," RADM
The mast was removed from the
ship following her decommissioning
and in 1934 was erected at the south-
ernmost tip of Bradley's Head.
RADM Barrett said the mast
formed part of the Bradley's Head
Memorial Precinct, which joins three
existing memorial plaques to Sydney I
and Sydney II.
Bradley's Head was recently includ-
ed on the NSW State Heritage Register
in recognition of the heritage signifi-
cance of the mast, the memorials to
Sydney I and II and gun fortifications.
In the lead up to the IFR, command
ceremonial staff from HMAS Kuttabul
and other shore establishments con-
ducted colours ceremonies at a number
of locations around Sydney.
CEREMONY: RADM Tim Barrett gives his opening address at the
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
FLYING HIGH: POCIS Pennie Douglas hoists the Australian White
Ensign during the rededication ceremony.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
N AV Y has rescued two French sailors
whose yacht sunk 360 miles east of
Jervis Bay on September 29.
The pair were winched from a
small boat by 816SQN's Seahawk
Tiger 74 after they abandoned their
yacht when it sunk in rough conditions
earlier in the day.
They were taken to HMAS Perth
where they stayed overnight before
being landed ashore in Jervis Bay.
They suffered mild hyperthermia.
CO Perth CAPT Lee Goddard said
the recovery had gone smoothly.
"The Rescue Coordination Centre
did a great job managing a number
of assets including ourselves, fixed-
wing aircraft and the merchant vessel
Williams Strait," he said.
"The final piece of the rescue
saw the Seahawk use its night-vision
capability to ensure a successful out-
816SQN and Perth were in the
area participating in maritime exer-
cises before their involvement in
the International Fleet Review in
Night rescue for Tiger 74
SAFE AND SOUND: Tiger 74 crew LEUT Phil Rhodes, PO Colin
McCallum, LCDR David O'Toole and LS Blake Woolard stand with the two
French sailors they winched to safety.
Fanfare and celebration as
tall ships reach Sydney
TALL ships made a majestic entry
into Sydney Harbour on October 3 to
begin the International Fleet Review.
Navy training ship STS Young
Endeavour spearheaded the proces-
sion through Sydney Heads and into
the iconic harbour alongside tall ship
South Passage, which was crewed by
graduates of the Defence Indigenous
Development Program (DIDP).
The procession of 10 local and six
international tall ships provided a hint
of the grandeur and historical signifi-
cance of the First Fleet, which sailed
into the harbour in 1788.
The tall ships formed two lines
abreast as they sailed under the
Sydney Harbour Bridge and to the
Tall Ship Precinct at Cockle Bay and
The magnificent procession trig-
gered an outpouring of euphoria
among the spectators, which gave an
insight into the excitement building
for the IFR and centenary celebrations
the next day.
The crew of Young Endeavour was
elated to have had the honour to lead
the Tall Ships Entry.
LEUT Caitlin Guest said sailing
through Sydney Heads to be greet-
ed by hundreds of pleasure craft all
sounding their sirens and horns was
an amazing experience.
"The weather was really rough,
but it was a memorable experience for
all the crew," she said.
The cheers from excited specta-
tors reached a crescendo when South
Passage berthed at Darling Harbour,
where she was greeted by members of
the Defence Indigenous Dance troupe.
South Passage's DIDP crew were
welcomed by 20 indigenous sailors
who performed traditional welcome,
lyrebird and black cockatoo dances.
The DIDP is a seven-month pro-
gram that provides indigenous youth
in Far North Queensland with educa-
tion, training, life skills and confi-
dence to embark on a career in the
Navy, as well as skills that are useful
on return to their own towns and com-
Half of Navy's DIDP trainees
aged 17-25 years come from Bamaga,
Thursday, Boigu and Yam islands,
Seisia and as far as Saibai Island.
The participating tall ships includ-
ed the steel-hulled Cape Horner
Picton Castle (Canada), the class A
tall ship Lord Nelson (England), ex-
fishing vessel Tecla (Netherlands),
the replica of James Cook's magnifi-
cent HMB Endeavour (Sydney), the
100-foot gaff rigged schooner South
Passage (Brisbane), Norwegian-built
1939 square rigger Coral Trekker
(Airlie Beach), the 1911 Bark Europa
(Netherlands), the iron-hulled Barque
James Craig (Sydney) and the
Deptford built Brig Lady Nelson rep-
For more on the tall ships involved with
the IFR see page 17.
AT THE time of printing the
International Fleet Review had
just started. Navy News will be
there to cover the celebrations
in Sydney and will provide
comprehensive coverage in a
special commemorative liftout
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