Brisbane became a hive of naval activity in the middle of October, with service men and women out in force for Navy Week Southeast Queensland.
Personnel from HMAS Moreton, kicked the celebrations off in King George Square with a Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset.
This year, Navy Week expanded to include sporting events, a reception, a Defence Force Recruiting event and a commemorative ceremony at the Currumbin RSL on the Gold Coast.
The Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset is an annual event which is hosted by the Lord Mayor of Brisbane. It was a spectacular sight with a sea of white bearing down on Brisbane’s Town Hall.
More than 1000 members of the public witnessed the event.
The Royal Australian Navy Band entertained the crowd with their crisp music while executing precise marching formations that set the scene for the arrival of the Guard. The Guard marched through the Band surrounded by over 100 Australian Navy Cadets from throughout Southeast Queensland.
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Christopher Pollock said that there was a significant amount of preparation involved to make the event look effortless.
“Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Paul Cannard put us through our paces to perfect our timing and ensured we looked as sharp as we could,” Leading Seaman Pollock said.
“It’s a great privilege to be part of the Guard.”
Commanding Officer Moreton, Commander Mark McConnell said the diminutive base pulled out all the stops.
“I’m so proud of what our small team has achieved,” he said.
“To see such a large number of the public gathering to view a Navy ceremony shows that Moreton is really making a difference here in Southeast Queensland!”
Following the event, all members were invited to Brisbane City Hall for a civic reception where they engaged with the community.
All Service members attending the reception received a warm welcome from the Lord Mayor’s team, praising them for their service in Southeast Queensland.