Christmas in the Capital

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT James Tew (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Topic(s): HMAS Harman

The Commanding Officer HMAS Harman, Commander Alison Westwood, RAN (left) and the Executive Officer HMAS Harman, Lieutenant-Commander Anthony Taylor, RAN pass on gifts donated by Harman personnel, for the Salvation Army, to Chris Maxwell.  (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)
The Commanding Officer HMAS Harman, Commander Alison Westwood, RAN (left) and the Executive Officer HMAS Harman, Lieutenant-Commander Anthony Taylor, RAN pass on gifts donated by Harman personnel, for the Salvation Army, to Chris Maxwell.

HMAS Harman hosted its annual Christmas party for Defence families in capital and surrounds - bringing a bit of fun to the start of the holiday season.
 
Hosted on a warm Summer night in the capital, families turned out to celebrate a busy and successful year.
 
Children were treated to a myriad of rides and experiences including jumping castles and face painting.
 
Ship's Warrant Officer Scott Brown said the annual event supported by Navy Canteens was a great way to end a very productive year for all who supported Defence across the ACT region.
 
"It's always great to see the kids out with their parents who sacrifice so much to serve and this is a great way for everyone to relax in a casual and fun environment," he said.
 
In addition to rides and activities for the kids, the Royal Australian Navy Pop and Rock Band provided musical entertainment during the event.
 
Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Anthony Taylor said the event was important to show appreciation to the families of service personnel and Defence public servants and the community.
 
He and Commanding Officer, Commander Alison Westwood, also passed on gifts donated by Harman personnel, for the Salvation Army.
 
"Behind every great Defence person is a family that supports them in their career.

"This Christmas party is just a way that we can say thanks and of course, it wouldn't be possible without the generous support provided by Navy Canteens, Keeping Watch, Navy Health, Defence Housing Authority, Defence Health and Australian Military Bank," Lieutenant Commander Taylor said.
 
Stephen Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Navy Canteens, said whilst not operating a canteen on base at this point in time, Navy Canteens was determined to find ways to reinvest in the area.
 
"We support HMAS Harman throughout the year with support to events and most recently a barber trial on base,” Mr Gregory said.
 
Harman
provides administration and personnel support to all Navy personnel in the Canberra area.

In addition, Harman also plays host to a number of communication departments as well as support for the Royal Australian Air Force 28 Squadron and Army Reserve units.