More than 700 sailors, soldiers, airmen and women stood proudly on parade at HMAS Cerberus to observe the tradition of Ceremonial Divisions on 13 March.
Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer acted as Reviewing Officer for the ceremonial parade and addressed both the parade and onlookers, complimenting them on their standard of dress and bearing.
Rear Admiral Mayer explained the history behind Ceremonial Divisions and its uses in current practice to ensure both the welfare of the sailor and the continued war fighting effectiveness of modern ships and establishments.
“The Naval Divisional System is the oldest military leadership system still in use. It is absolutely integral to our ability to both lead and care for each other,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
“Divisional Officers were responsible to the Captain for training their sailors and leading them in battle. The divisions of the ship were regularly fallen in for inspection with their officer reporting them to the Captain. We continue this tradition today and I am delighted to be here as the Reviewing Officer.”
Students from Wallaroo Primary School, Hastings, attended the parade to observe and learn about the Navy within their community. In line with the establishment's year of 'Family and Community’, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Stephen Bowater extended the invitation as an opportunity to educate and strengthen the important ties with community and local youth.
“Cerberus is known as the 'cradle of the Navy' and we’ve earned that title through training our sailors to carry out Navy’s mission with enthusiasm and determination and to the best of their abilities,” Captain Bowater said.
“We have around 2,500 sailors, soldiers, airmen and women here striving to be the best they can.
“Each year we see around 6,500 people pass through our gates. While they all belong to the Defence family, it’s important that they also understand they belong to and have a duty to, the community they serve and live alongside.”
HMAS Cerberus is the home to the Navy's Recruit School, category and qualification training for both sailors and officers and provides training for personnel across the Australian Defence Force.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20150630.