Royal Australian Navy people spent time on Australia Day getting out into the community. From flag raising ceremonies to an Open Day, the Navy helped celebrate Australia and show how proud all Navy members are to protect Australia’s lifestyle and freedoms.
In Sydney, amphibious ship HMAS Canberra played host to the annual New South Wales Premier’s Community Thank You BBQ. Guests included those who have given back to their local communities and made a positive contribution to the state.
Canberra was also the centrepiece for the ‘Salute To Australia’, which involved a 21-gun salute by Army artillery from Bradfield Park, and a fly past by aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force.
In Port Adelaide, hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin hosted an Open Day showing more than 2000 people Australia’s hydrographic capability. This Open Day came after Leeuwin hosted the Port Adelaide and Enfield Council’s Citizenship Ceremony on 25 January.
Commanding Officer of the crew, Lieutenant Commander Adam Muckalt, said hosting Australia’s newest citizens onboard was a special occasion.
“HMAS Leeuwin travelled some distance from her homeport of Cairns to be in Port Adelaide, just as those who had Australian citizenship conferred have undertaken a significant journey,” Lieutenant Commander Muckalt said.
“The women and men onboard serve their country with honour, integrity and courage, and are incredibly proud of what they do.
“I believe their spirit and dedication is a hallmark of what it means to be an Australian.
“The Navy is for all Australians and we were proud to welcome our newest citizens as we become their Navy.
“Australian people know that the Navy will be there, day and night, in calm weather and in rough seas, protecting Australia’s shores and its people, defending our security and way of life.”
Navy members were also out in force in Melbourne, with a guard and the community engagement program tent in the King’s Domain Gardens.