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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 226 – The evening

- 226 – The evening commenced with a fanfare Serving Australia With Pride. On each side of the stage were two Navy Cadets from TS Sirius sending a semaphore message. On arrival of the Guests of Honour, the Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Mr Michael Bryce; Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley AC DSC and Mrs Hurley; Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AM CSC RAN and Mrs Griggs; and the Governor of New South Wales, Honorary Commodore Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO and Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE; the Vice Regal salute was taken. Colours were then carried out to two masts that had been erected, and with a Colour Party all bearing arms - .303 rifles with bayonets fixed – the Australian White Ensign and Australian National Flag were hoisted. The music then commenced. Ships Without A Name, a tribute to our first submarines AE1 and AE2 and the fate of the ships and the men who served in them; and Jack Tar! highlighting the irreverence and humour of the sailors of the RAN. Then a spectacular musical performance Belle’s Broadcast in honour of the fourteen women of the Women’s Emergency Signalling Corps who enlisted in the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service and were based at HMAS Harman during World War II. Belle’s Broadcast was a moving tribute commencing with eight bells and using a number of Morse Code messages including Clear Lower Deck, SOS and Sydney is Lost. The arrangement contains a very moving version of the Naval Hymn as well as songs made famous by Vera Lynn. The next music was The Scrap Iron Flotilla accompanying a Ceremonial Drill Team display. The drill team wore tally bands acknowledging the five Australian destroyers that served in the Mediterranean during World War II: HMAS Stuart, HMAS Vampire, HMAS Vendetta, HMAS Voyager and HMAS Waterhen, collectively known as the Scrap Iron Flotilla, and tagged by Goebbels as “a consignment of junk”. This was completed with music from the Naval Hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save. The intermission provided a chance for many veterans to catch up with old shipmates and be introduced to the Guests of Honour and VIPs. On return to the hall, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AM CSC RAN gave a speech reflecting on all: the past, the present and the future, which was well received. This was followed by a video presentation Navy’s People. A display was then given by some of the crew of HMAS Kanimbla called Boarding Party Close Up. Then Commander Phillip Anderson OAM RAN, Director of Music gave a speech and invited a representative of the 13 veterans associations, whose banners were displayed around the stage, to come forward. Representatives of HMA Ships Australia, Canberra/Shropshire, Melbourne, Sydney, Quiberon, Perth and Condamine, the Fairmiles, the Corvettes, the Communications Branch, the Ex-WRANS, the Vung Tau Ferry and the RAN Band Association marched up onto the stage while the Band played Heart of Oak. Seating had been arranged for us on stage. The RAN Band then cheered ship. They removed their caps and gave two cheers, and all in the hall were asked to participate in the last cheer for those that had served. This was followed by a very moving Ceremonial Sunset commencing with the hymn The Day Thou Gavest Lord, Is Ended. A musical bracket was then played and sung - My Country, followed by Advance Australia Fair, Waltzing Matilda and A Life on the Ocean Wave. I felt very proud and humble being asked to come forward and represent the RAN Communications Branch across the Nation on this very special night, but my thoughts went to those that I served with in the RAN, those Communicators who are no longer with us, and the young ones who are following in our wake who have made our Branch and our Association what it is today. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 227 – THE SALUTE—INDIGENOUS ARTWORK Artist: Darren James Moffitt Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage The Salute was commissioned by the Director of Music, Commander Phillip Anderson OAM RAN, to honour Indigenous service to the Royal Australian Navy. It was created by the Aboriginal artist, Darren James Moffitt, and presented to the Royal Australian Navy in the presence of the Governor- General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, at a concert on 10 July 2011 marking the Centenary of the Royal Australian Navy. A dugong is the central feature in this painting—the dugong has strong cultural links to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and like the Navy, is inherently connected with the sea. The dugong is surrounded by five smaller sea animals, each representing Navy’s values with two of each type to symbolise both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: the Stingray for Honour, Fish for Honesty, Shark for Courage, Crab for Integrity and Turtle for Loyalty. The dark blue Starfish form the Southern Cross Constellation to represent Australia and the stars on the Australian White Ensign. This also symbolises country as does the coastline, which frames the painting. The coastline is scattered with stencil paintings, rock wall paintings and footprints. These symbols represent the past: tall ships for the Royal Navy, and Bungaree whose footprints tell of his circumnavigation of Australia with Matthew Flinders. The hands and traditional weapons are symbolic of Indigenous ancestors and past warriors. The boomerang, nulla nulla and stone axe are used in Royal Australian Navy ship crests to represent Australia. The stark kangaroo and Aboriginal hunter represents HMAS Parramatta, the first commissioned ship of the Royal Australian Navy and first of many to bear Indigenous names. The drum corps in each detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band wear slings adorned with a copy of the salute to represent navy’s enduring acknowledgment of indigenous service.

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