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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

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- 134 – In conjunction with the release of this edition of RAN Band News as well as the band’s latest recording ‘The Seafarer,’ the Navy Band farewells one of its longest serving members after completing 39 years service to Navy and the nation. The Seafarer is dedicated to Warrant Officer Musician Leslie ‘Shina’ Wright OAM, who is undoubtedly one of the true seafarers of the Navy Band. We thank him for his service and wish him every success during the next leg of his voyage. As you all prepare to celebrate Christmas I wish to thank each of you for the good work that you do for Navy and wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season. FROM SEAHAWKS TO SINGAPORE SLINGS Article by Petty Officer Camille Smith Eight members of the RAN Band personnel were fortunate enough to be chosen as members of the Sea Deployable Element to embark in HMAS Anzac’s for its recent East Asian deployment from 23 August to 7 November 2004. The musicians were Petty Officer Camille Smith, Leading Seaman Robert Flynn, Able Seaman Yoshi Izumi and Able Seaman Bruce McIntyre from the Melbourne detachment, and Leading Seaman Jason Campbell, Leading Seaman Matthew Klohs, Able Seaman Ian Aston, and Able Seaman Kirstin Sampson from the Sydney detachment. The ports visited included Singapore, Kuantan, Pusan, Qingdao, Tacloban, Manila and Port Klang. After some initial challenges sorting out power and the storage of equipment, the Sea Element Group settled into life at sea. It was certainly an interesting experience initially practicing rock group on the quarterdeck amongst rubbish bins and under the watchful eyes of the smokers having breaks. In heavy seas the quarterdeck became rather wet; so equipment was soon moved to the more-favourable position of the gym before the seas got too rough. The flight deck and the hangar became the new rehearsal spaces and the band practiced whenever possible, juggling available time between flying stations and ship manoeuvres. When the musicians were not rehearsing, they were involved in general duties on the ship such as café party, galley hand, mess duties, laundry hand and watch keeping on the bridge. From a very early stage, the ship’s company saw the ‘bandies’ integrating with the rest of the ship and accepted them as part of the crew and taking ownership of the RAN Band Sea Element Group element as their own. One very memorable afternoon was when the ship discovered a sinking Indonesian fishing vessel. All fifteen crew were rescued just as the last of their boat disappeared into the ocean. They most surely would have perished if HMAS Anzac had not come by at that time: it was quite frightening to see just how quickly the vessel sank. This rescue was to make world news. Our commitments included cocktail parties and ceremonial sunsets in Singapore, Pusan, Qingdao and Manila with guests including Maritime Commander and Chief of Navy. Both made special mention of the Navy Band contribution and enhancement to the events. The Banyan cultural BBQ, celebrating the opening of Exercise Bersama Lima 04 was an eventful evening for all. All the countries involved in the naval exercises contributed to the evening by providing food, drinks and cultural acts from their countries, with many sailors and dignitaries in attendance. The rock group performed to a huge gathering and got the Australian sailors dancing and singing along to some Australian rock, encouraging all guests to eat more delicious food and sip a couple more Singapore Sling cocktails or an Aussie beer. The concerts at the Australian International Schools in Singapore and Malaysia were huge successes. The children thoroughly enjoyed the concerts, showing their enthusiasm by dancing and jumping around to the music. The concerts started off with the traditional bugle and drum corps and finished with a variety of rock music. We played at the US defence recreational club called ‘The Terror Club’ in Sembowang, Singapore, and also at the US Camp Hialeah Army base in Pusan, South Korea. Many of HMAS Anzac’s ship’s company, along with military personnel from other countries, were in attendance. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 135 – There were a couple of special services held during the deployment in which both buglers played beautiful renditions of Last Post. Able Seaman Aston played at the United Nations Memorial Gardens in Pusan, and Able Seaman Sampson played onboard HMAS Westralia for the 60 th Anniversary of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, at sea, in the presence of many war veterans. On arrival in Pusan, the ship was greeted by music of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Band, based in Pusan. After introducing themselves to the Korean Band, three of our musicians were fortunate to be shown around Pusan by the second in charge and the wife of the Commanding Officer. They were treated to the most wonderful day of sightseeing and gastronomical delights. All costs were compliments of the ROK Navy Band. The ROK Navy Band’s Commanding Officer, along with some others from their band joined the Australians for a traditional Korean banquet later that evening. The meal was washed down with some traditional Korean whisky. Qingdao was another great place to visit. There was an official dinner organised by the Chinese Navy to welcome HMAS Anzac to China. At very short notice, we were asked to prepare some sing-a-longs of Australian tunes. We performed a feature number ‘Aussie Salute’, which was enjoyed by the guests. All musicians then lead the singing with Able Seaman Izumi accompanying on guitar. HMAS Anzac’s personnel sang at the tops of their voices, suitably lubricated by the strange whisky concoction they were encouraged to drink by the Chinese. Apparently it was rude to refuse a drink when a toast is offered. The next two days in China involved the most amazing whirlwind tour of Beijing. All of the musicians joined the tour and got to see many spectacular places such as the Ming Tombs, The Great Wall, Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, as well as seeing an incredible Chinese acrobatic show. Whilst at sea, we provided a variety of different “wakey wakey” calls each morning. We also played during Replenishments at Sea, Entering Leaving Harbour, steel deck BBQs and for sundowners. Going up and down ladders became second nature; but unfortunately, early in the deployment Leading Seaman Flynn found out just how treacherous those ladders could be and had a heavy fall down one of them. We were relieved when he started to recover and returned to playing, despite the couple of broken ribs and a very sore shoulder. Able Seaman Aston enjoyed spending time down the depths of the ship in the laundry, amongst stinky overalls and noisy washing machines. Leading Seaman Klohs took on the role of Quartermaster and could be heard quite frequently over the ship’s piping system. Able Seaman Izumi, Able Seaman Sampson and I got a ride in the ship’s helicopter; something that musicians don’t get to do every day. Leading Seaman Campbell and Able Seaman McIntyre attained their helmsman certificates in a very short time. Congratulations to both of them. It has been a very interesting time at sea, especially for five musicians who have now experienced life at sea for the first time. There have been some challenges, many laughs and good times. The appreciation of some luxuries like a good cup of coffee or showering without wearing thongs can never be underemphasized or understood unless one has spent time at sea. The opportunity to go to sea and visit foreign ports, while still performing as musicians has been tremendous. Many thanks to the crew of HMAS Anzac for making the musicians feel welcome. HMAS TOBRUK DEPLOYMENT Article by Petty Officer Kara Williams After coming together as a whole for the first time at Brisbane Airport, the members of the Royal Australian Navy Band element embarked in HMAS Tobruk made their way with the help of the Bandmaster of the Queensland detachment of the band, Chief Petty Officer Michael Vaughan, to HMAS Tobruk, which would be the group’s home for the next four weeks. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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