HMAS Cerberus recently held its final Ceremonial Divisions parade of 2013, combined with the graduation of eleven RMIT Engineering Officers who proudly made up the Guard, which was inspected by the Reviewing Officer, newly promoted Rear Admiral Michael Noonan.
Around 400 sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen formed up on the Main Parade Ground for inspection by RADM Noonan, and to witness the milestones of their colleagues. The parade recognised the significant achievements of the graduating RMIT course members as well as members of Cerberus ship’s company.
Notable achievements were:
- a Chief of Navy Gold Commendation awarded to Captain ‘Jack’ Rush, RFD, QC, RANR for his exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in the field of military law;
- a Commander Australian Fleet Silver Commendation awarded to Dr David Rolls for exemplary conduct in the performance of his duties as the Senior Medical Officer at the Cerberus Health Centre;
- a Commander Australian Fleet Bronze Commendation awarded to Lieutenant Melissa Cowling for exemplary conduct in the performance of duties as the Medical Administration Officer at the Cerberus Health Centre; and
- the Federation Star awarded to Warrant Officer Martin Grogan in appreciation of his exceptional achievement of 40 years service in the Royal Australian Navy.
Ceremonial Divisions is a long standing tradition that musters a ship’s company for inspection by their Commanding Officer or Reviewing Officer. The occasion is also used to share important news and publicly recognise the hard work of members of the ship’s company.
Ceremonial parades highlight and pay tribute to significant occasions and in the case of Divisions, it was fitting that the ship’s company of HMAS Cerberus were present to witness the culmination of their shipmate’s dedication and perseverance in receiving their awards.
In honour of her final Ceremonial Divisions Parade as Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus, Captain Katherine Richards and RADM Noonan departed the parade ground on the Navy’s 1923 Foden Steam Wagon, tying another piece of history to the tradition of Ceremonial Divisions.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20132377.