“Three cheers for the Governor-General, hip-hip, hoorah!”
On Saturday, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its annual Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) Parade. The CDF Parade is significant to the Academy as it formally welcomes and inducts first year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets into the Academy undergraduate body.
However, the parade this year was unique as it was the final military parade that the incumbent Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honorable Quentin Bryce AC CVO would review. The Governor-General’s Banner was proudly paraded as Her Excellency received a formal farewell from the parade.
The Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley AC DSC spoke fondly of Her Excellency and commended her on her accomplishments and the support she showed the Australian Defence Force throughout her tenure. Her Excellency reminisced over the military parades that she has reviewed while in office and spoke of the respect and admiration that she holds for our sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen.
Distinguished guests, families and friends were treated to a display of impressive drill from the 900 midshipmen and officer cadets on parade, as well as two separate flyovers comprising of helicopters from the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Regular Army and F/A-18 jets from the Royal Australian Air Force.
Traditional military music was also a feature with the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets of the Australian Defence Force Academy Band, Pipes & Drums as well as the Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band on show. Australia’s Federation Guard were also on parade to farewell the Governor-General.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20140456.