HMAS Penguin hosts Humpty Dumpty tour

Published on WO John O’Brien (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, Sydney

Topic(s): Humpty Dumpty Foundation, HMAS Penguin

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Sean Ferguson briefs representatives from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity on the explosives that Clearance Divers work with. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Petty Officer Clearance Diver Sean Ferguson briefs representatives from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity on the explosives that Clearance Divers work with.

Ten members of the Mosman community were given a special tour of HMAS Penguin as part of a charity auction prize for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation recently.

The ladies paid $1000 each for the privilege of a private base tour and lunch at the Sir David Martin Mess, hosted by the Commanding Officer Penguin, Commander Paul Gall.

The group was given a personal tour of the Royal Australian Navy Diving School, the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit and the Recompression Chamber Facility and the recently redeveloped waterfront buildings.

Lieutenant Commander Joel Hissink talks to Patricia King, Nicole Mills and Lisa McGlone about the decompression chamber at the Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit, during their Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity tour of HMAS Penguin.

Lieutenant Commander Joel Hissink talks to Patricia King, Nicole Mills and Lisa McGlone about the decompression chamber at the Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit, during their Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity tour of HMAS Penguin.

Commander Gall said the women were interested to see for themselves what role Penguin played in protecting the nation.

“The group was impressed by the recently upgraded buildings, the specialist level of underwater medicine and equipment that the Navy provides and the state of the art equipment available to trainee Divers to develop and hone their skills,” Commander Gall said.

“They were also interested to learn about Clearance Diving and were given a tour of historic and current diving equipment.”

“It isn’t every day that we open the gangway for tours to the base. It was a pleasure to host the Humpty Dumpty Foundation auction prize winners lunch, as the funds they raised will make a significant contribution to what is a great cause,” Commander Gall said.

Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford and Petty Officer Clearance Diver Sean Ferguson talk about the various roles of Clearance Divers to representatives from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity.

Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford and Petty Officer Clearance Diver Sean Ferguson talk about the various roles of Clearance Divers to representatives from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation charity.

“Each year Navy has representatives take part in the Balmoral Burn up Awaba Street, which raises funds for the foundation. We are proud to continue our support of this charity.”

All of the money raised at the fundraiser goes towards the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to provide funds to purchase medical equipment for children’s hospitals.

This is the third year in a row that HMAS Penguin has hosted a Humpty Dumpty lunch.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142524.