Visiting Naval Fellows and members of Navy’s Sea Power Centre - Australia (SPC-A) formed up shoulder-to-shoulder to attend a moving Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The ceremony began with the Australian national anthem followed by the piper’s lament before Lieutenant Colonel Yano Wenas of the Indonesian Navy, Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tupueluelu from His Majesty’s Armed Forces Tonga and Mr Andrew Ertl - a project scholar from the United States of America - laid wreaths to honour the fallen at the Pool of Reflection.
Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods of the Royal Australian Navy read the story behind Private David William Brown of the Australian Imperial Force.
Sea Power Centre - Australia’s Commander Visiting Navy Fellows, Commander Andrew Schroder said that the Visiting Navy Fellows Program was a fundamental part of the Royal Australian Navy’s international defence engagement.
“It was important that the Fellows experienced our military tradition of the Last Post with the story behind one of our First World War diggers,” Commander Schroder said.
“SPC-A hosts the Visiting Navy Fellows Program which nurtures relationships and mutual understanding between the Royal Australian Navy and its key Indo-Pacific counterparts.
“The Visiting Navy Fellows Program also weighs into maritime strategy and defence policy debates in Australia and across the region.
“The Fellows produce 10,000 word policy papers on maritime strategy and defence policy issues of critical importance to their home countries and Australia.
“They meet with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, Australian policy makers and defence policy experts, and attend academic and policy conferences and official functions related to the Sea Power Centre’s core program of maritime strategy research.
“Today was a celebration of the international defence relationships we have - it’s a proud moment for us to share this experience with them this afternoon,” he said.
Visiting Naval Fellow, Lieutenant Colonel Yano Wenas from Indonesia said that he was honoured and thankful to the SPC-A for the opportunity to participate in the Last Post Ceremony.
“It was a great experience to be able to lay a wreath during the Last Post Ceremony as an international guest,” Lieutenant Colonel Wenas said.
The Ode was recited by Navy members in attendance and the ceremony ended with the sounding of the Last Post.