As most HMA ships and establishments were winding down from a busy year, the team at HMAS Harman were busily preparing for a handover of Command.
Outgoing Commanding Officer, Commander Lisa Batchler handed over the 'weight' (a Morse-code device) to incoming CO, CMDR Jayne Craig, during a small ceremony on 12 December.
Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Bunnett, handed over his duties to LCDR Kristen Watts.
CMDR Batchler said Harman had been involved in a number of significant milestones during her tenure as CO.
“We facilitated one of the first Combined messes in Navy; conducted a successful Navy 100th birthday reception for the Chief of Navy; participated in the International Fleet Review Combined Navies Parade and a Freedom of Entry in the city of Queanbeyan; and, perhaps most importantly, celebrated Harman's 70th birthday with a Sapphire Gala event attended by 300 people, which raised over $10,000 for Legacy,” CMDR Batchler said.
“‘Team H’ is a small, but close knit group of people. Each time I ask them to dig a little deeper and give a little more, they respond and deliver,” she said.
“It is truly the people that make a Command and I have been blessed with a dedicated team who embody everything that is good about Navy.”
With the handover complete, CMDR Batchler and LCDR Bunnett were handed over to a ‘motley band of Harman pirates’ under the leadership of Chief Petty Officer Glen ‘Muzza’ Murray.
The outgoing CO and XO were led to the Harman pirate ship (H150) and given a lap of honour around the base, which was well supported by members of the Harman resident units.
After a thorough drenching from the assembled crowd, armed with an array of water cannons, the outgoing command team were then escorted to the gangway and piped ashore for the last time in their tenure at Harman.
CMDR Batchler and LCDR Bunnett will take up positions at Campbell Park and the ADF Staff College respectively in the New Year.
‘Team H’ as it is affectionately known, will now be under the Command of CMDR Jayne Craig and LCDR Kirsten Watts.