Keeping up with traditions

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Nancy Cotton (author)

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Navy Week, Golf

Winners of the 2020 Navy Week golf day competition with Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis at HMAS Moreton, Brisbane. (This event was held in accordance with Queensland State Government regulations on public gatherings). (photo: )
Winners of the 2020 Navy Week golf day competition with Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerald Savvakis at HMAS Moreton, Brisbane. (This event was held in accordance with Queensland State Government regulations on public gatherings).

In keeping with annual traditions, Navy Week celebrations got off to a swing with the annual golf day and HMAS Moreton church service.

This year’s truncated and COVID-safe events saw Navy members, friends and family from past and present out on the green at Oxley Golf Club.

Event organiser Warrant Officer Col Scott said the event has continued to grow each year and 2020 was a great success.

“This is the fourth year for Navy Week golf, and with 81 players it was the biggest Moreton has seen,” Warrant Officer Scott said.

Supported by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs the event timed perfectly with the Veterans’ Health Week, commencing on 24 October.

Wounded Heroes Association and Open Arms attended the golf day, and Ms Emma Adams, the Community Engagement Coordinator for Open Arms, said it was great to see so many veterans playing.

“This year's theme is “social connection” so I think this has well and truly met that theme,” Ms Adams said.

The annual church service was another of the events able to remain on the 2020 calendar, as members attended the service at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Bulimba.

Hymns played by the Royal Australian Navy Band - Queensland resounded as Chaplain Stephen Briggs led the service.

“We come together to worship God during Navy Week, to seek God’s blessing on all connected with the sea, and to commemorate the endeavours, achievements and sacrifices of the personnel of the Navy and Merchant Navy,” Chaplain Briggs said.

Chaplain Stephen Briggs was grateful that despite many of the usual activities this year unable to take place, that a couple of the traditional events remained.

Navy Week is celebrated to highlight the presence and work performed by the Royal Australian Navy and takes place at various times by states and territories across the nation.

Royal Australian Navy personnel from HMAS Moreton attending the annual Navy Week church service at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Bulimba. (This event was held in accordance with Queensland State Government regulations on public gatherings).

Royal Australian Navy personnel from HMAS Moreton attending the annual Navy Week church service at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Bulimba. (This event was held in accordance with Queensland State Government regulations on public gatherings).