NSW Governor made honorary Commodore in the Royal Australian Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, NSW

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, HMAS Canberra (L02)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, right, award Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO, QC, with the honorary rank of Commodore, RAN onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, right, award Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO, QC, with the honorary rank of Commodore, RAN onboard HMAS Canberra.

New South Wales Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley was appointed an honorary Commodore in the Royal Australian Navy today in a ceremony aboard HMAS Canberra.

During the ceremony on the ship’s flight deck, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, presented the Governor with an officer’s tricorne hat and rank slides reflecting her appointment as an honorary Commodore.

The appointment was witnessed by the Governor’s husband Dennis Wilson and members of the ship’s company.

Vice Admiral Noonan said Her Excellency Governor Beazley’s support for Navy, and connection to ships and bases in New South Wales, made her a strong ambassador to represent Navy.

“When it comes to conferring honorary rank we choose those who embody our values and understand our mission and what we do,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

“Her Excellency’s honorary rank is not something that goes away when she ceases to be Governor of New South Wales - she has been charged to faithfully carry out her duties and represent Navy from this day forward,” he said.

Governor Beazley also inspected the ship's ceremonial guard on the heavy vehicle deck and toured the ship’s facilities, including the bridge and flight deck.

Her honorary Commodore rank comes in addition to her appointment as an honorary Colonel in the Australian Army’s New South Wales Regiment.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192329.