Anzac Day is the day we commemorate the service of all men and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force and remember those who have made the supreme sacrifice. For those of you planning to attend Dawn Services or commemorations, there is likely a Navy contingent nearby.
Anzac Day gives us all an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s commitment to war efforts and peacekeeping missions and recognise those Australians who have and will bring stability to the world, defend our sovereignty and protect our prosperity.
It is a tradition that started in Gallipoli, not only with the landings at Anzac Cove where Navy was first in and last out but with the brave exploits of HMAS AE2 in the Dardanelles and HMAS AE1 in New Guinea.
It continued through the Second World War including the Navy’s most costly year which was in 1942, with major action in the Battles of the Coral Sea and Sunda Strait.
Wrapped up in the name Anzac is our deep connection with our allies, New Zealand. It is representative of our strong relationships we have around the globe with like-minded countries who seek peace and prosperity, freedom and liberty.
Approximately 2,350 Australian Defence Force members are currently deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit while serving Australia's national interests at home and many countries around the world.
For those in Australia, beyond the usual ships' companies marching in their home locations such as Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Perth, Fremantle and Cairns, Navy will be supporting Anzac Day ceremonies and marches across the country.
More than 100 Navy officers are visiting cities and towns across the nation to thank the Australian people for their support in times of peace and war.
Navy members are assisting with commemorations at schools, hospitals, cenotaphs, community groups and memorials.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett will be representing the Australian Defence Force at the services in Gallipoli, Turkey, and former Chief of Navy, now Vice Chief of Defence, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs will be making the address national service at the Australian War Memorial.
Some notable activities include; the ship’s company of HMAS Newcastle marching in Newcastle, the ship’s company of HMAS Parramatta will march in Brisbane, the newly formed ship’s company of the first destroyer Hobart, which will commission later this year, will march for the first time as a formed unit in Adelaide.
Navy will also have helicopters flying over the following New South Wales locations as part of commemorative activities at the times detailed:
· 1050 Braidwood
· 1105 Bungendore
· 1115 Kangaroo Valley
· 1130 Kiama
· 1145 Culburra
· 1053 Batemans Bay
· 1059 Moruya
· 1103 Narooma
· 1109 Bermagui
· 1113 Bega
Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all or our past and present service men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.
We hope to see you this Tuesday.