More than 200 Navy personnel and Shoalhaven community members have taken to ‘treading the tarmac’ in HMAS Albatross’ 10th annual ‘Tour the T’.
A sunny spring day provided a rare opportunity for either an 8km run or 4km walk of the T-shaped airstrip at the Navy’s main aviation base to raise more than $1000 for the perpetual charitable fund, Keeping Watch.
Keeping Watch provides assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are in financial need.
For Albatross’ Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor James Walker, the event organiser, it was a family affair with his four-month-old daughter Georgia Walker completing her first ‘Tour the T’ with mum, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Ashleigh Walker.
“It is a great event for families and suitable for all ages and fitness levels, which creates a fun morning for everyone,” Petty Officer Walker said.
“From competitive athletes to occasional strollers - the event attracts a range of Defence and civilian participants,” she added.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Fiona Sneath said the uniqueness of the event was a great attraction.
“‘Tour the T’ presents something that is usually off limits and makes for an experience that is even more enjoyable with the understanding that it’s for a good cause.
“Physical activity is a large focus of HMAS Albatross in order maintain our mental and physical resilience.
“Exercise is crucial to our wellbeing and ‘Tour the T’ is a great opportunity to get everyone out of the office to come together for a bit of a run,” Captain Sneath said.
Navy Canteens, Australian Military Bank and Shoalhaven Defence Families Association had a variety of food and drinks available for the spectators who mingled with many smiles on their faces after finishing ‘Tour the T’.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192202.