Sun sets on Brisbane’s first night in Brisbane

Published on LEUT Danielle Brodie (author)

Location(s): Hamilton Wharf, Brisbane, Qld

Topic(s): Ceremonial Sunset, HMAS Brisbane (D41)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics – Steward Connie Whaipooti looks out over the Brisbane River from the flight deck of HMAS Brisbane, as the warship is berthed at Hamilton Wharf, Brisbane. (photo: )
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics – Steward Connie Whaipooti looks out over the Brisbane River from the flight deck of HMAS Brisbane, as the warship is berthed at Hamilton Wharf, Brisbane.

In a night steeped in Naval tradition, the flight deck of HMAS Brisbane was transformed as the Commanding Officer welcomed his guest of honour, the Governor of Queensland His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC onboard the ship bearing his capital city’s name.

Over 250 dignitaries and guests of the warship’s namesake city attended the function on Thursday night. The evening comprised of an official reception and Ceremonial Sunset, and is the start to a busy port visit for the ship.

Commanding Officer HMAS Brisbane, Commander Josh Wilson, exchanges a signed ship jersey with Mr Greg Swan, the CEO of the Brisbane Lions while the Australian Warship is berthed at Hamilton Wharf, Brisbane.

Commanding Officer HMAS Brisbane, Commander Josh Wilson, exchanges a signed ship jersey with Mr Greg Swan, the CEO of the Brisbane Lions while the Australian Warship is berthed at Hamilton Wharf, Brisbane.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane, Commander Josh Wilson said that the evening gave the Ship’s Company a chance to interact closely with the locals and thank them for their support.

“Brisbane has always had a special bond with ships bearing the name, so it was a pleasure to bring so many locals onboard HMAS Brisbane (III).”

“Arriving here in Brisbane for the first time itself is special, and having the opportunity to showcase the Ceremonial Sunset, one of our oldest naval traditions, made it particularly memorable,” Commander Wilson said.

Seaman Bosuns Mate Alexandra Trevatt, a member of the ceremonial guard, said she was proud to be serving in HMAS Brisbane.

“It can be hard being away from loved ones and working long hours, so I was excited to be coming home in my ship.

“The highlight for me was definitely being a member of the ceremonial guard. It was a surreal moment when we fired the volley,” Seaman Trevatt said.

The Ceremonial Sunset dates back to the age of sail, and incorporates Beat to Quarters. Originally, the drum was used to call the Ship’s Company to man the guns and prepare to fight the ship.

Today Ceremonial Sunset reflects the worldwide naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the Ensign at sunset each day by ships in harbour and shore establishments.

HMAS Brisbane is conducting a five day port visit to Brisbane where she has a number of community engagements scheduled, including a Freedom of Entry march and a ship’s open day.

More than 5000 free tickets have been issued for the ship’s open day. Unfortunately, Navy cannot issue any further tickets due to safety considerations. Navy wishes to remind people that scalping of tickets is an offence.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Freedom of Entry through the streets of Brisbane on Saturday. Details can be found at:
https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/event/freedom-entry-parade