HMAS Penguin’s dress and bearing focal points

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin

L-R: Petty Officer Boatswain Brendon Chafer; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Steven Reig; and Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Bradley Reynolds stand proudly with one of three boot cleaning stations recently installed at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)
L-R: Petty Officer Boatswain Brendon Chafer; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Steven Reig; and Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Bradley Reynolds stand proudly with one of three boot cleaning stations recently installed at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Among the many enhancements taking place at HMAS Penguin, a number of the more notable and innovative inclusions has been the introduction of boot cleaning stations in main locations around the establishment.

Three of the former pylons from the original 1942-built jetty have been given a new life and is a fine example of recycling and re-use.

The pylons have been cleaned and restored to their former glory. They will take on a new purpose as boot cleaning stations located outside the Administration Building, the new Weapons Training Systems Facility and the Leadership School.

Petty Officer Boatswain Brendon Chafer demonstrates one of three boot cleaning stations recently installed at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Petty Officer Boatswain Brendon Chafer demonstrates one of three boot cleaning stations recently installed at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Petty Officer Boatswain Brendon Chaffer, the Penguin Weapons Training Simulation System Manager, lead the team to create the stations.

“The Command team had identified the pylons were available for use and developed the idea to create a focal point, whilst contributing to good dress and bearing,” he said.

The Penguin construction team worked closely with members of the Fleet Support Unit to have suitable metal bases for the pylons and welded boxes to house the cleaning equipment.

“The Corrosion Control team within the Fleet Support Unit assisted with the bases for us to mount the pylons securely on their side,” said Petty Officer Chaffer.

No one is more impressed with the outcome than the Executive Officer of Penguin, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm Bonehill.

“The boot cleaning stations will be a social focal point for staff to gather,” he said.

“We have created an original concept that ties our establishment’s history to today’s personnel and at the same time, contributes to pride and self-discipline.

“Boot cleaning is one of the basics of good dress and bearing in our Defence Force. Providing brushes and polish to promote this activity is a simple enhancement that benefits everyone, especially those under training.

“Apart from cleaning products, the stations will include hand sanitiser to promote good hand hygiene to meet the challenges imposed by the pandemic,” Lieutenant Commander Bonehill said.

The boot cleaning stations are prominent inclusions to the many improvements and enhancements currently taking place at Penguin.

The North Sydney Establishment is home to the Australian Defence Force Diving School, the RAN Hydrographic School, the RAN Medical School and 12 other resident units.