Success in Athens for Centenary of Anzac

Published on ABIS Jake Badior (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Location(s): Athens, Greece

HMAS Success Ships Company pay their respects  during the Anzac Day dawn service onboard HMAS Success while in Athens, Greece taking part in Centenary of Anzac commemorations. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)
HMAS Success Ships Company pay their respects during the Anzac Day dawn service onboard HMAS Success while in Athens, Greece taking part in Centenary of Anzac commemorations.

HMAS Success was Athens, Greece, for Centenary of Anzac commemorations, and has been at the island of Lemnos in the lead up to Anzac Day, the site of the Australian Field Hospitals and the stepping off point for the troops sent to Gallipoli.

A dawn service was held on board the flight deck of the ship, conducted by the ship’s Chaplain,Colin Tett and several locals and visiting Greek Australians attended. Following the service guests and crew not on duty were afforded the traditional luxury of a ‘gunfire breakfast’ from the ship’s galley.

At 1100 local time, a service was held at the Commonwealth War Graves site in Athens, attended by a large contingent of ship’s company, a Greek military guard, senior ranking Greek officials, the Australian Defence Attaché for Southern Europe, the Australian Ambassador in Greece, and heads of Australian-Greek community groups, many of whom laid wreaths at the memorial.

Visitors respectfully walked the rows of graves at the cemetery, pausing to learn names and ages of those who gave their lives for the Commonwealth. Sprigs of rosemary, accompanied by small crosses which displayed Anzac inspired messages from Australian school children, were prepared for guests to place upon the graves.

The Ambassador, his Excellency Mr John Griffin, invited people back to his residence after the service.

"The visit of HMAS Success and its company to Lemnos and Piraeus Athens for the Centenary of Anzac commemorations has been an immensely valuable contribution to invigorating the Australian-Greek First World War linkage and to strengthen the bilateral relationship generally with its strong wartime and immigration foundation," he said.

Success leaves Greece privileged to be part of the recognition of the strong ties between Australia, New Zealand and Greece.

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