Navy takes it on the nose for kids

Published on MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, Fleet Base East

The crew of HMAS Diamantina come together on the forecastle to celebrate red nose day alongside HMAS Waterhen, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
The crew of HMAS Diamantina come together on the forecastle to celebrate red nose day alongside HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

A warship and two of Navy's operational helicopters have been given a 'red nose' make over in support of Red Nose Day being held nationally today.
 
Members from HMAS Diamantina, 808 and 816 Squadrons donned the iconic red nose to help raise awareness for Sudden and Unexpected Infant Death Syndromes (SIDS).
 
Commanding Officer of Diamantina Lieutenant Commander Iain Hutchins said ship's company were eager to show their support for a worthy cause.
 
“A number of ship's company, myself included, have young children and understand the value of the work done by SIDS and Kids,” Lieutenant Commander Hutchins said.
 
“We wanted to play our part in raising awareness about this important issue.
 
“What better way for Navy to show their support than by putting the red nose on a warship.”
 
Forty members of Diamantina’s crew rallied on the upper decks to show their support alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.
 
Leading Seaman Ben McNeil, a member of 816 Squadron said he was pleased to see their Seahawk helicopter in a red nose.

L-R: Leading Seaman Aircrewman Ben McNeil and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Rhys Williams from 816 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross, stand with a Seahawk Helicopter wearing a red nose, to show the squadron's support of Red Nose Day.

L-R: Leading Seaman Aircrewman Ben McNeil and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Rhys Williams from 816 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross, stand with a Seahawk Helicopter wearing a red nose, to show the squadron's support of Red Nose Day.


“The Seahawk is a serious piece of machinery, so seeing it wear a big red nose for a very worthy cause is something to behold,” Leading Seaman McNeil said.
 
Tragically, nine children under the age of four die every day in Australia suddenly and unexpectedly from a range of causes including SIDS, fatal sleeping accidents and stillbirth.
 
SIDS and Kids, founded in 1977, is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant deaths during pregnancy, birth and childhood.
 
Since 1988 SIDS and Kids along with Red Nose Day have raised over $16 million towards the education and research into infant deaths.
 
To lend your support donations or products can be purchased at http://www.rednoseday.com.au, with all proceeds going to research and education.

Personnel from 808 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross, stand with a MRH-90 Helicopter, which is proudly wearing a red nose, to show their support of Red Nose Day.

Personnel from 808 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross, stand with a MRH-90 Helicopter, which is proudly wearing a red nose, to show their support of Red Nose Day.

Navy Red Nose Day imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141862 and http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141729.