NPC Shore Patrol at IFR

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Helen Frank (author)

Location(s): Garden Island, Sydney

Topic(s): International Fleet Review

Naval Police Coxswains Leading Seaman Neil Herron and Petty Officer Renee Young maintain security at the Garden Island ferry terminal during the International Fleet Review. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
Naval Police Coxswains Leading Seaman Neil Herron and Petty Officer Renee Young maintain security at the Garden Island ferry terminal during the International Fleet Review.

While thousands of sailors were out sightseeing and enjoying Sydney, a dedicated team of Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) were working around the clock to safeguard the safety and security of Garden Island and visiting ships’ sailors.

PONPC Renee Young, currently posted to NUSHIP Canberra, and her team spent the night of October 4 helping sailors safely move in and out of Garden Island via the ferry wharf.

She said her night shift team of five leading seamen and a CPO were also maintaining security and were ready to respond immediately to any incident that may arise.

“We’re ensuring our visiting personnel get from one place to another without getting lost among Garden Island’s many buildings with safety and security our priority,” she said.

“We are also making sure they embark and disembark the harbour ferry in a controlled safe manner.”

PONPC Young said it had been very interesting meeting all the different nationalities.

“There were 178 in the last group we had through here,” she said.

“They seem quite pleased that we were here to help them.

“It’s really quite exciting to be working here as part of IFR.”