A group of 50 officers and sailors from HMAS Hobart recently participated in a ceremony to mark the 74th United Nations Day during the ship’s current East Asia Deployment.
The ceremony was held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, in Busan, Republic of Korea, which is the final resting place of 2297 Korean War service members, representing 11 nations.
Lieutenant Sam Moxon from Brisbane, Queensland, said the event puts into context the importance of ongoing regional peace and security.
“To walk amongst the graves, to see the devastation is a harrowing experience.
“The UN was built on a foundation of preserving peace and security; being here goes to show that what we (Hobart) are doing really matters,” Lieutenant Moxon said.
Hobart is part of a Task Force of nine ships, two submarines and four helicopters representing Australia from South East Asia to North Asia as part of the East Asian Deployment 2019.
It is visiting Korea for Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a biennial exercise with the Korean Navy aimed at improving interoperability in complex maritime warfare.
The ceremony at the cemetery event marked 74 years since the first step was taken to establish the United Nations, an organisation built on multilateral cooperation to maintain international peace and security.
The commemoration also saluted the men and women from every continent who 69 years ago joined together for the first time under the United Nations banner to defend peace and freedom on the Korean Peninsula.
Leading Seaman Melinda Terzijski from Pakenham, Victoria, said it was an honour to be in Korea to mark the anniversary.
“It is quite significant that the UN Day Ceremony is observed in the Republic of Korea, the country where the United Nations has been instrumental in keeping the peace for decades.”