It wasn’t your regular barber salon onboard HMAS Newcastle when Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician McCann piped the call to the ship’s company to get their hair cut.
In response, 45 members of the crew lined up outside the engineering workshop to have their heads shaved.
The activity was held just two days after Newcastle set sail on its six-month Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East region.
Led by the enthusiastic Marine Engineering Department, the ship raised money for the Leukaemia Foundation, a charity specialising in assisting child cancer patients.
Organiser of the event, Leading Seaman Marine Technician David Dukes, said it was an opportunity to bond with his shipmates.
“We generally like to do these morale-raising activities soon after setting sail,” Leading Seaman Dukes said.
“It brings everyone together and puts smiles on everyone’s faces.
“Getting to support a worthwhile cause while we’re at it makes it more meaningful.”
Leading Seaman Dukes said the activity snow-balled after he raised the idea of a shorter-than-usual haircut.
“Originally it was only going to be a handful of us, but as others heard of it they seemed keen to join in, so we thought ‘why not make a charitable cause out of it’?”
Chief Petty Officer McCann said he was glad to test his skills with the clippers.
“I was happy to take part in it because it was for a good cause,” he said.