The Navy Headquarters Tasmania team has once again rolled up its collective sleeves to help the local Royal Hobart Regatta Association.
Several weeks ago the NHQ team helped the Regatta Association prepare its pavilion to host an official party farewelling the flotilla of tall ships making its way north to Sydney to participate in the IFR.
Further work needed doing to have the Regatta Pavilion ‘ship-shape’ for the next big public gathering - the 176th Royal Hobart Regatta. The Royal Hobart Regatta has been staged annually, and without a break since 1838 - apart from 1967 when the disastrous bush fires caused its last minute cancellation.
For most of the 175 previous regattas, the flag-ship has been a Navy vessel; initially the Royal Navy, then colonial navy vessels, and since 1913 Royal Australian Navy Ships.
The Royal Hobart Regatta Association President, Mr Geoff Lucas, said the Regatta has always had a strong relationship with the Navy.
“Having the Navy’s ongoing support with the provision of a flag-ship is always most appreciated,” Mr Lucas said.
“With a three-day event there is a lot for our volunteers to do through the year, and we welcome any contributions from the community - and Navy Headquarters Tasmania’s team involvement is gold to us.
“It is great to have CMDR Porter’s support and watching this team in action is inspirational.
“They arrive with a plan and just get stuck into it until it is done.”
The project management for the Regatta Pavilion work was assigned to AB Ben Melville.
Both Mr Lucas and CO NHQ Tasmania (CMDR Stacey Porter) agreed AB Melville did a sterling job arranging the tools and painting materials needed, allocating the necessary tasks and giving advice to ensure a top-quality job.