Penguin community celebrated

This article has photo gallery Published on WO Ian Daley (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): Ceremonial Sunset, HMAS Penguin, Charities and Fundraising

A guard of honour prepare to fire as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during a ceremonial sunset held at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)
A guard of honour prepare to fire as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during a ceremonial sunset held at HMAS Penguin.

Sydney base, HMAS Penguin has paid tribute to the local community for their continued support at their annual community reception, 'Beat to Quarters' and 'Ceremonial Sunset'. 
 
Commanding Officer, Commander Ian Campbell hosted the event, which brought together dignitaries and members of the Mosman, Manly and Northern Beaches communities.
 
"It was a wonderful opportunity to say thank you and for our guests to get a glimpse of the Navy and the professional and talented members of Penguin and the Navy Band,” Commander Campbell said.

“We were pleased that representatives from Commonwealth, State and Federal Government could attend along with representatives from a number of community based organisations.”

Guests included the Federal Member for Mackellar, Mr Jason Falinski MP, and Member for the North Shore and NSW Minister for Health The Hon Jillian Skinner MP.

“Penguin
regularly supports local charity and community events including the Balmoral Swim for Cancer, Anzac Day, the Humpty Dumpty Balmoral Burn, Legacy fundraising and youth information days with local High Schools,” Commander Campbell said.

The 'Beat to Quarters' took place at the main gangway with Sydney Harbour providing a backdrop to the ceremony. 

The Navy Band performed a marching display and on completion, the drummers advanced and 'Beat to Quarters', as their ancestors once had to call the ship's company to man the guns and prepare the ship to fight.

Sub Lieutenant Tania Nathan read the history of the ceremony before the Penguin Ceremonial Guard, under the command of Lieutenant Kathleen McTaggart signaled the sunset with a timed volley of shots, which rang out across the base. 

“Everyone who attended told me how much they had enjoyed the evening and how professional those involved were. A number said it made them proud to be Australian,” Commander Campbell said.