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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 172 – Arturo is

- 172 – Arturo is known as a showman and his trumpet acrobatics but the depth of musical expression on show was outstanding. Fellow trumpet legend Al Vizzutti was part of the audience and we both met him after the show and Al even introduced Ashley to Arturo and we both got his autograph; a great night that’s for sure. Previously in Hawaii, we did our usual cocktail party and ceremonial sunset our first night in at Pearl Harbour. During the cocktail party I ran into Wing Commander Steve Kennedy (Consul Defence Liaison) and his wife. They had previously hosted our jazz group there last year at his residence when I participated in RIMPAC aboard HMAS Manoora. They were both very complimentary and mentioned the success of our performance at their function last year and invited us to visit when we stop in Hawaii again on the way home. Other highlights include catching up with old friends from the Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor who were once again very hospitable. Following this trend we were fortunate enough to be hosted by the local Navy Band in Esquimalt, Canada which is near Victoria, B.C. We marched with them on Remembrance Day and they served us lunch back at their band room before heading out to the Legion Club (like an RSL) for the first of many free beers. A good time was had by all. The locals loved the fact that we were in our sailor suits (W2s) as they stopped wearing that uniform back in the 60s and now wear something similar to our senior sailor winter uniform.” Leading Seaman Grant Metcalfe “As part of my responsibilities as a Kellick, I am required to keep a Quarter Master duty. As this was an entirely new experience for me there were a lot of new skills to learn on the job. One memorable experience was a “Safeguard: Man Over Board”. As part of ships training Man Over Board drills are carried out regularly to increase Whole of Ship procedures and response times to what is a very serious incident. Whenever a real incident occurs the phrase Safeguard, Safeguard, Safeguard precedes any pipe so that it can be perceived as a real incident. Whilst on watch as QM during 2000 to 2359 one day, a message came through to the bridge from the Life Buoy Sentry “…Safeguard, Safeguard, Safeguard … Safeguard: Man Over Board”. I was directed by the OOW to Pipe “Safeguard, Safeguard, Safeguard … Safeguard: Man Over Board. Standby to recover” within seconds of making the pipe the CO, XO NAV, all rushed onto the bridge along with about 10 other people. I could hear the rumbling of feet around the ship as every sailor on board rushed to gather life jackets, NVG’s, life buoys. The ships sea boat was launched at speed in order to minimise time that casualty would be in the water. The ship was piped to Leaving Ships Stations so that the MOB could be identified. Within about 15 minutes it was discovered that all personnel on board had been accounted for therefore the MOB was incorrect. The life Buoy sentry had sighted a Cylume stick in the water and correctly responded to the ramifications of that. The aspect that was most impressive was the entire ship’s company’s high speed and effective response to such an incident. It was clear that the drills which take place equip the ship’s company with the training to be effective in real time situations.” Leading Seaman Aaron Geeves “The best experience I have had so far has been when a few of us went out and saw a local band that featured Andrew Speight, a Sax player from Sydney. After the gig, we grabbed a cab and the cabbie took us up and down the streets of San Francisco full speed like they do in the movies. You know; the way they get airborne?! We saw some other great jazz in San Francisco- big bands and trios and the like. What a great place for live music.” Able Seaman Jennifer Monk “The most interesting thing I have done on the trip so far would probably have to be the visit to Alcatraz and a wine tour to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in San Francisco, California. On the first day I visited Alcatraz and it was excellent. We were guided through the prison via an audio tour that was narrated by four ex prison guards and four ex convicts. The stories were very interesting and they guided us to various parts of the prison where there were many displays and photographs to look at and read. (Ross thought the tour was so good that he bought a copy of it from the gift shop). Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 173 – The Prison itself is situated in the middle of San Francisco Harbour on a small island making the views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge quite spectacular. The freezing water and strong currents made it an ideal spot for a high security prison, although there were a number of escape attempts throughout its working life. The following day, Able Seaman Chapman, Able Seaman Fisher and I went on a wine tour that explored the region up and around the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The weather was excellent during the day though unfortunately the famous San Francisco fog made an appearance both as we crossed the San Francisco Bay Bridge on the way to the wineries, and as we crossed the Golden Gate on the way back making it impossible to see the view. We visited three wineries and had lunch in the town of Sonoma. The wineries were beautiful and unique. I could have bought a great deal of wine except for the annoying customs rules! Able Seaman Chapman was pretty determined that nothing is as good as South Australian wine yet he still bought quite a bit! Overall it was an excellent day and a great way to get out of the city and do some exploring.” “Unlike many, I am one of the rare breed of our branch that doesn't mind going to sea. I have actually quite enjoyed being away on deployment to the US and Canada on HMAS Sydney. By far my favourite part of the trip so far was Remembrance Day in Victoria, Canada. For the Canadians, this day is treated like we treat ANZAC Day, and which one of us would ever knock back the opportunity to have two ANZAC days in one year. From meeting our brothers in the Naden Canadian Forces Band, and being given the full extent of their hospitality, to doing one almighty rig run throughout the afternoon and evening, the whole day was just awesome. There were a large number of veterans to talk to, whom especially loved our junior sailor uniforms as they got rid of them back in 1968, and many very hospitable Canadians in town. Victoria was a beautiful city, especially their Parliament building, out the front of which we did the service at 1100. I also enjoyed visiting Alcatraz in San Francisco, attending a NFL game in Oakland, going through the Science Fiction museum in Seattle, walking across the Capilano suspension bridge in Vancouver, going to an Ice Hockey game in Seattle, and wine tasting in the beautiful Napa Valley outside of San Fran. Interspersed between all of these I've had some great nights, heard some great music, and met some awesome people, both on the ship and in the countries we've visited. I can only hope my memories of San Diego, where I will attend a Thanksgiving dinner at the invitation of some of the locals as well as visit the zoo and maybe even sea world, and then Hawaii, where I plan on playing some golf in the sun and visiting the Missouri and Arizona, will be just as good.” Able Seaman Ashley Markey “I have had many enjoyable moments aboard HMAS Sydney. It was great to be promoted to Able Seaman and it has been enjoyable seeing the ship’s company’s reactions to the vast array of wakey wakeys. I have enjoyed playing alongside other service bands and we have in both Hawaii with the Pacific Fleet Band and in Naden Band in Esquimalt. I have also enjoyed exploring the various ports we have visited.” Able Seaman Iain Fisher “To me the biggest thing about being at sea, is the necessity to look not weeks or years into the future; but instead to live in the moment and plan only four hours ahead. Looking to the immediate such as your next meal, watch or sleep is a relatively relaxed lifestyle within an otherwise stressful environment. Living in the moment and just noticing the number of those moments in which you are happy and how vastly they outnumber the moments in which you are not. Little things, like the reflection of the Canadian Mountains off the rippling water, a really hot shower after a wet and cold day or even just a coke and a mars bar (yes product placement but the money was good so... hey) at "canteen", make up the moments, not that you would necessarily write home about but it is the lesson to live within the moment which trips like these remind me of.” Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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