Stirling commemorates Centenary of Anzac

Published on LEUT Todd Austin (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, Western Australia

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and members of the Navy Senior Leadership Group, along with Senior Sailors and Officers from HMAS Stirling attend the 100th Anniversary of Anzac Mess Dinner held in the Sir James Stirling Mess. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and members of the Navy Senior Leadership Group, along with Senior Sailors and Officers from HMAS Stirling attend the 100th Anniversary of Anzac Mess Dinner held in the Sir James Stirling Mess.

HMAS Stirling has marked the Centenary of Anzac with a recent mess dinner attended by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, and members of Chief of Navy’s Senior Advisory Committee.

Over 100 officers and Senior Sailors attended the dinner at the Sir James Stirling Mess with the key note speaker, Commodore Bob Trotter (Rtd), providing an informative history of the Royal Australian Navy's activities during the last 100 years.

Commanding Officer Stirling, Captain Angela Bond, and Commanding Officers of west-based ships and units attended the commemorative event. 

During their visit to Western Australia, Senior Advisory Committee members visited units and personnel to better understand issues affecting naval personnel in the region.

“The visit allowed the Chief of Navy and other members of the Senior Advisory Committee the chance to socialise outside of their busy schedules," Captain Bond said.

It provided an opportunity for Navy personnel at Stirling to highlight developments in the region to senior leaders often based on the east coast.

"The senior officers were able to see first hand the great work that is going on in this region,” Captain Bond said.

Stirling Executive Officer, Commander Brian Chase, said it was an honour to be able to host the Chief of Navy and other senior officers for such an occasion.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to allow the officers and senior sailors the chance to commemorate the 100th anniversary in a combined gathering,” he said. 

The Committee routinely meets at naval establishments across the country.