More than 900 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women marched out for Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus last week.
Ceremonial Divisions are a traditional occasion requiring military personnel to exercise self-discipline in obedience, precision and dress and bearing, and reflect pride in oneself.
The assembled Australian Defence Force members, in their winter ceremonial uniforms, were inspected by the Reviewing Officer, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead - Commander of the Australian Fleet.
Rear Admiral Mead said the Cerberus ship’s company epitomised the diversity, knowledge, creativity and passion of the Royal Australian Navy and thanked them for their efforts towards achieving Navy’s mission.
“The way that we do business at sea has changed dramatically in recent years,” Rear Admiral Mead said.
“Over one third of the time spent at sea, approximately two and half thousand days, is being deployed off the Australian station on either operations or exercises.
“This is proof that our presence is being felt worldwide.
“It’s reflective of the ongoing work of everyone here and throughout the Navy, and it’s because of the work you’ve done that I’ve come here today to personally thank you all for the contribution you’ve made to the warfighting capability of the Navy.
“Never forget our mission: to fight and win at sea,” Rear Admiral Mead told the formed up ranks of Australian Defence Force personnel.
He also joined the Commanding Officer of Cerberus, Captain Michael Oborn, in presenting Chief Petty Officer Glen Farrawell with a Federation Star award and a certificate of appreciation for his 40 years of service.
Flight Lieutenant Susan Stone and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Wendy Fenn were presented with a Commanding Officers Commendation and Fleet Commanding Officers Commendation respectively.
Leading Seaman Ruby Flinders, the Cerberus dog, who lives at the nearby West Head Gunnery Range, was also promoted to Petty Officer.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus Captain Michael Oborn said Divisions were a legacy steeped in tradition dating as far back as 700 AD but still provided a contemporary military force an opportunity to showcase good discipline with pride.
“Ceremonial Divisions are an exercise in precision and presentation and exhibiting pride in being a member of the ADF,” Captain Oborn said.
“We’re grateful to the Fleet Commander for joining us as the Reviewing Officer and helping us observe a military tradition that we hold close, as well as help us recognise our people for their outstanding service,” he said.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20191869.