Topic: Ceremony and Traditions
Almost every evening of the year a member of the Australian Defence Force dons their ceremonial attire in Canberra and honours one of the 102,000 Australians who have given their life in war and other operations.
The conduct of divisions is a time-honoured tradition which continued recently south of Perth with more than 1,300 personnel from HMAS Stirling, resident units, and all Fleet Base West home-ported ships and submarines parading on the main sports field.
Twenty two indigenous recruits from across Australia graduated from the Defence Indigenous Development Program – Navy (DIDP-N) at HMAS Cairns earlier this month.
On Anzac Day current serving members on operations can reflect on their part in the ongoing story of the Australian nation; such as the ship's company of HMAS Wollongong, who are among more than 2,240 Australian Defence Force members currently deployed.
A sailor lost during HMAS Sydney’s battle with a German raider off the coast of Western Australia will be remembered at this afternoon’s Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.
A sheen of rain covered the cloisters of the Australian War Memorial as Royal Australian Navy Commander Kate Ryan read a dedication to Flight Sergeant Lyndsay Arthur Bayley to the crowd of silent onlookers last month.
Leadership of one of Sydney's iconic naval bases passed to new command in a unique ceremony in late January.
Minehunter, HMAS Huon is under new management after welcoming the new Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jason Mullen, during a handover ceremony which took place outside the Navy Heritage Centre at Garden Island, Sydney in early December.
Command of Canberra's HMAS Harman passed to Commander Alison Westwood last month, with outgoing Commander Jayne Craig taking up her new posting as the Director of Navy Employment Conditions in Canberra.
Navy's home to the MRH-90 helicopter, 808 Squadron, assembled for the traditional rowing ashore of the outgoing Commanding Officer as Commander Adrian Capner handed over the “trident of power” to Commander Michael Waddell recently.