HMAS Coonawarra will celebrate Navy Week from Monday 5 September showcasing Navy people and assets to the people of Darwin and the Northern Territory.
Navy Week provides an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy to thank local communities for their support with traditional naval ceremonial and contemporary public performances and by spending time visiting schools and remote communities.
HMAS Coonawarra’s Commanding Officer, Commander John Navin, ADC, RAN, said the Darwin Navy Week will be an excellent time to see some unique traditions of the Navy and learn more about maritime operations in the north.
“The Navy has an enduring presence in northern Australia and its people are proud members of the Darwin community. Navy Week showcases the Navy and gives people a chance to speak with us about what we do,” Commander Navin said.
“Darwin is home to Navy’s patrol boat fleet, and hosts major international engagement activities, including the biennial Exercise KAKADU which will be held later this month."
Activities include the traditional Navy Ceremonial Sunset featuring Navy people posted to the Top End, supported by the Royal Australian Navy Band at the following times and locations:
- Ceremonial Sunset - Monday 5 September, 5.30pm
Darwin’s Civic Square
- Ceremonial Sunset - Wednesday 7 September, 5.30pm
Palmerston’s Goyder Square
- Ceremonial Sunset & Band Performance - Thursday 8 September, 5.30pm
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
- Band Performance – Friday 9 September, morning
Smith Street Mall
- Band Performance – Friday 9 September, evening
Navy Week will also feature school visits by the Navy Band and Navy helicopters.