Service held onboard to commemorate WWII loss

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Commitment of Ashes Ceremony, HMAS Canberra (I)

Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, salutes the Royal Australian Navy Ensign at the memorial service for HMAS Canberra (I) on HMAS Adelaide during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018. (photo: ABIS Kieran Dempsey)
Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, salutes the Royal Australian Navy Ensign at the memorial service for HMAS Canberra (I) on HMAS Adelaide during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018.

A service has been held on HMAS Adelaide to commemorate the sinking of HMAS Canberra (I) as the ship passed over the site while transiting to Honiara in the Solomon Islands during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18.

The ship's company attended the service to reflect on those that lost their lives and to witness the scattering of the ashes of Canberra (I) survivor, Alan Fletcher Keys, who passed away recently in October 2017.

A Joint Task Group of four ships and more than 1000 personnel from the Australian Defence Force deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours.

Running from May to September, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 is the second iteration of the exercise and part of ongoing efforts to re-affirm Australia’s positive relationships with other militaries through joint practical activities.

HMAS Adelaide, a Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the centrepiece of the task group, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore in support of joint exercises.

HMAS Adelaide is joined in the Joint Task Group by HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. HMAS Melbourne was involved in the initial stage of IPE.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians.