HMAS Penguin hosts Ceremonial Sunset for community reception

Published on Ms Eliza Bavin (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): Ceremonial Sunset, HMAS Penguin, Community Engagement

The National Anthem is played as attendees pay their marks of respect at the Sir David Martin community reception during the Ceremonial Sunset at HMAS Penguin. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
The National Anthem is played as attendees pay their marks of respect at the Sir David Martin community reception during the Ceremonial Sunset at HMAS Penguin.

Members of the Mosman community were invited to HMAS Penguin last week to observe a Ceremonial Sunset, as part of the annual community engagement program.

Among those who attended was the Mayor of Mosman, Cr Peter Abelson, retired Rear Admiral Christopher Oxenbould, Commanding Officers in the Sydney area, members of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Trust, local business owners and Taronga Zoo just to name a few.

As the military presence on Middle Head, Penguin is fortunate to enjoy the strong support of the local community.

“The annual Ceremonial Sunset and community reception is Penguin’s way of saying thank you to the local community for their support,” said Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Doble.

“The Ceremonial Sunset reflects the worldwide naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the White Ensign at sunset each day and is conducted by ships in harbour and shore establishments.”

“The Ceremonial Sunset was a taste of Navy life at the reception, which was held to give the representatives of the local community a chance to have a look at the base and get some insight into what our role is,” said Commanding Officer (CO) of Penguin Commander Paul Doble.

“The Ceremonial Sunset was held in front of our new quarterdeck, which is part of broader base refurbishments. It was a great chance for the community to see the improvements to Penguin since last year.”

HMAS Penguin is the home of the Royal Australian Navy Diving School, Hydrographic School, Medical Training School, Maritime Operational Health Unit Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit ADF Centre for Mental Health and 1 Commando Company. Its main role is to provide trained personnel to the Fleet.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20132145.