Navy pipers ‘on the beat’ at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014

Published on LCDR Neil Carlile (author and photographer)

Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland

Pipers from the RAN, Army and Air Force at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. Left to Right: Drummer, Leading Aircraftman Luke Greene, and Pipers, Recruit Jess Jeffery, Air Force Sergeant Craig Dawson, Army Captain Glynn Potter, Lieutenant Commander Neil Carlile, and Pipe Major, Commander Dina Kinsman. (photo: LCDR Neil Carlile)
Pipers from the RAN, Army and Air Force at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. Left to Right: Drummer, Leading Aircraftman Luke Greene, and Pipers, Recruit Jess Jeffery, Air Force Sergeant Craig Dawson, Army Captain Glynn Potter, Lieutenant Commander Neil Carlile, and Pipe Major, Commander Dina Kinsman.

Royal Australian Navy pipers joined colleagues from Army, Air Force and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) when the AFP Pipes and Drums marched out once again at the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland in early August.
 
It was a busy schedule with 24 sold-out nightly performances of the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle reaching an estimated international audience of more than 2.6 billion people.
 
Pipe Major, Commander Dina Kinsman and Piper, Lieutenant Commander Neil Carlile were the Royal Australian Navy's representatives at this year's Tattoo, and had the additional highlight of participating in the closing ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
 
Commander Kinsman has been playing the bagpipes since she was a young teenager and said that the Tattoo was not only a great spectacle but a fantastic networking experience.
 
"We played with amazing musicians from across the world, including Canada, Oman, Ireland, New Zealand, Trinidad, Malta, Nagaland, and of course numerous Royal Scottish regiments from the UK," she said.
 
The contingent also took part in the Drum Head Service parade from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace to mark the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the First World War and satellite performances of the Tattoo conducted in Stirling and Glasgow.  
 
The Australian Service personnel all volunteer their time and funds raised by the Tattoo directly support Service charities.