CO Penguin passes the weight

This article has photo gallery Published on WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Change of Command

Commander Mat Bradley hands over the weight to Commander Bernadette Alexander at the HMAS Penguin change of command ceremony. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)
Commander Mat Bradley hands over the weight to Commander Bernadette Alexander at the HMAS Penguin change of command ceremony.

After an impressive Naval career spanning 26 years, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley has officially retired from full time service.

Commander Bradley officially retired on Friday 10 May 2019 following clear lower deck conducted at the waterfront of HMAS Penguin, which  gave the ship’s company the opportunity to farewell their outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) and welcome the new, Commander Bernadette Alexander.

The ceremony featured the traditional ‘passing of the weight’ signifying the change of command.

On handing over the weight to Commander Alexander, Commander Bradley said it had given him enormous pride to be the Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, seeing so many changes, and the introduction of new units such as the Leadership School become part of HMAS Penguin family.

He said the increase of trainees through all of the schools at HMAS Penguin this year had placed enormous pressure on those schools, but all of them had met the challenge head on and with great success.

Commander Bradley then wished Commander Alexander and all of the ship’s company every success in the future.

Commander Alexander made special thanks to Commander Bradley’s family, thanking them for their service to the Navy and noting that the Navy does not leave the wharf without the support of family and friends.

On assuming command, Commander Alexander challenged the personnel of Penguin to be curious and inspirational - to work together to ensure that everybody in Penguin is ‘Proud to Serve’ every day.

On completion of the formal activities, the ship’s company lined the wharf at HMAS Penguin to give Commander Bradley and his wife Trish a traditional cheer ship 'three cheers' as they departed the establishment onboard the beautifully restored 1920s Navy Cutter.