Tasmania’s observance of Reserve Forces Day consisted of a parade at Kings Park followed by a luncheon at Paterson Barracks, Launceston on Sunday 7 July 2013.
Navy personnel played a major role in the celebrations with the Commanding Officer NHQ Tasmania, CMDR Stacey Porter delivering the keynote address, LCDR Steven Hurd, the Parade Commander, LEUT Daryl Peebles, the Master of Ceremonies, and the Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band under the command of CPO Dan Hobson leading the parade.
Reservists from the three services were joined by dignitaries from state and local government and members of the public for the celebration which acknowledges Australia’s reserve service men and women who voluntarily divide their time between civilian life and military service.
Reserve Forces Day also recognises the reservists’ families and employers who make sacrifices in support of this service. As part of this recognition, medals were presented by the Mayors of both Hobart and Launceston to reservists’ partners.
CMDR Porter used the occasion to outline the history of the Royal Australian Navy and promote the significance of the forthcoming International Fleet Review.