Penguin shows softer side in base tour

This article has photo gallery Published on WOATV Ian Daley (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Balmoral Burn, Humpty Dumpty Foundation

Guests of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation Charity Luncheon on the balcony of the Sir David Martin Mess, HMAS Penguin. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
Guests of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation Charity Luncheon on the balcony of the Sir David Martin Mess, HMAS Penguin.

As the Royal Australian Navy’s primary medical training facility, it is fitting that Sydney base, HMAS Penguin's community and charitable support involves sick children.

Navy recently donated a tour of Penguin followed by a Commanding Officer’s lunch to be auctioned off by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation - a children's charity that enables the purchase of essential and often life-saving medical equipment for paediatric wards, neonatal units, maternity and emergency departments in over 300 hospitals Australia-wide.

The tour was auctioned off at the annual Humpty Foundation Balmoral Burn Sponsor's Dinner with Scentia, an Australian education and training group, being the successful bidders at the auction.

Commanding Officer Commander Ian Campbell said the base was pleased to continue its support of the charity.

Penguin has been supporting the Foundation and its vital work for over six years. Each year we offer a tour and lunch to raise money and have a team that takes part in the annual Balmoral Burn fun run,” Commander Campbell said.

“As part of the Navy family, we are proud to provide ongoing support to such a worthwhile cause.”

During the tour of the Australian Defence Force Dive School, one of the very enthusiastic guests donned a bomb suit worn by divers during explosive ordnance disposal activities. One of the other guests suited up in a dry suit worn by the divers out on the wharf.

The guests also observed many other dive sets and associated equipment worn by the Clearance Divers and Army Work Divers.

Personnel from the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Facility showcased some of their specialist equipment, including the ten- and four-person hyperbaric chambers.

In addition there was a demonstration at the Royal Australian Navy’s Medical School simulation facility, including life-like computer-controlled mannequins, which the guests said were very impressive.

Following the tour, all the guests enjoyed a gourmet lunch kindly donated by ESS Support Services.