South Queensland celebrates Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Nick Robinson (author), James Goss (photographer)

Location(s): Maroochydore, Queensland, Currumbin, Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, HMAS Newcastle (F06), HMAS Waller (S75)

Navy Week, South Queensland, commenced in King George Square, Brisbane, with Beat to Quarters, Ceremonial Sunset and a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane. (photo: James Goss)
Navy Week, South Queensland, commenced in King George Square, Brisbane, with Beat to Quarters, Ceremonial Sunset and a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

South Queensland has celebrated the Royal Australian Navy’s footprint in the region with a calendar of events from Maroochydore to Currumbin.
 
Navy Week, South Queensland, commenced in King George Square, Brisbane, with Beat to Quarters, Ceremonial Sunset and a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
 
City Hall was illuminated in a sea of blue with personnel from Brisbane base, HMAS Moreton in attendance.
 
Commander Mark McConnell, Commanding Officer Moreton, said the gesture was uplifting for all those involved.
 
“HMAS Moreton has a long standing relationship with Brisbane and the South Queensland region." 
 
“Whilst the number of Permanent Navy personnel in the region is small, their impact in King George Square for the opening of Navy Week was significant,” Commander McConnell said.
 
As the guard and band from Moreton performed Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset they were flanked by Naval Cadets from the fourteen Training Ships in the region.  
 
“I was exceptionally proud of the cadets and it was a privilege to witness the involvement of all members,” Commander McConnell said.
 
Beyond the scheduled activities, Queensland also hosted port visits from HMA Ships Newcastle and Waller.
 
Navy Seahawk helicopters from 816 Squadron performed a fly over as a part of the All Navy Reunion at Maroochydore and Commodore Malcom Wise, Commander Warfare, visited another reunion at Currumbin.
 
The Navy Band made a not so quiet contribution across the entire week, giving the gift of music to many of the events.
 
The support of the band was greatly appreciated by all guests throughout the week, including those who attended the ‘Night in the Navy’ event, where potential recruits had the opportunity to meet and speak informally with many Navy members who are currently serving.
 
Navy Week South Queensland concluded with the 78th Annual Seafarers Service and Wreath Laying, held at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Ann Street, Brisbane.
 
All Navy Week events endeavor to promote the wellbeing and development of all Navy people and to strengthen the relationships with communities in each region.