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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 42 – Risk 8. Risk to

- 42 – Risk 8. Risk to people resources is low as the RAN Band has sufficient musicians to undertake this task whilst also fulfilling local requirements in Australia. Time exists to manage contingencies should they arise. Sensitivities 9. Due to the substantial costs involved and interest already shown by the Ambassador in Washington, MINDEF should be appraised of this proposal and any decision to proceed with the deployment. MINDEF may welcome an opportunity to attend the joint concert with the RAN Band in company with the US Navy Band in the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitutional Hall on Sat 5 May 07. Consultation 10. Consultation has been undertaken with the Head of the Defence Staff Washington, Naval Attaché Washington, Cultural Attaché to the Australian Embassy Washington, Officer in Charge of the United States Navy Band, representatives of Bethesda Naval Medical Centre and US Navy Memorial, and the Officer in Charge of the United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band. All stakeholders enthusiastically support this proposal. Conclusion 11. This proposal identifies a significant way in which to commemorate and mark important anniversaries and landmark events impacting on the history of Australia and the United States of America. The goodwill generated by a visit of this nature would form an enduring testament to the strong relations between both Navies. Opportunities to develop closer relationships may eventuate as a result of the RAN Band’s deployment; including a reciprocal visit by the US Navy Band to Australia and the development of an exchange program between both bands. Moreover, this proposal provides a powerful music platform in which to advance the Australia-United States relationship, promote Australia’s security interests, and advance the RAN-USN relationship. Recommendations 12. I recommend that CNSAC agree with this proposal, identify sources of additional funds, and task DMUS-N with responsibility for planning and conducting the deployment. Contact Officer: Authorised by: N. BANKS P. JONES CAPT, RAN CDRE, RAN CSO(O) CANSC Aug 06 Aug 06 Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 43 – BAND DEPLOYMENT TO WASHINGTON AND PEARL HARBOUR BACKGROUND 1. Next year marks the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This anniversary immediately precedes the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway. Both of these battles are landmark events impacting on the history of Australia and the United States of America. This agendum paper seeks funds to deploy a contingent of the RAN Band to Washington and Pearl Harbour to commemorate the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea: a battle in which HMAS Australia and HMAS Hobart joined forces with USS Lexington and USS Yorktown to turn back enemy naval thrusts, for the first time, in the Pacific war. 5 3. This agendum paper has the RAN Band deploying to Washington to mark the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea as its central purpose. Additional support would be provided to the Australian Ambassador in Washington by deploying a small advance party to commemorate: a. the 90 th Anniversary of the first occasion in which Australian and US Forces fought in battle side by side; 6 b. activities marking the largest migration of Australians to leave Australia; 7 c. the 92 nd Anniversary of ANZAC Day; and d. the 56 th Anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty. PURPOSE AND SCOPE Objective 4. The objective of this proposal is to use the RAN Band as a vehicle in which to advance the Australia-United States friendship, promote Australia’s security interests, and advance the RAN-USN relationship. Scope 5. This project involves deploying a 51-piece contingent from the Royal Australian Navy Band, one medical rating and one photographer to Washington and Pearl Harbour to mark the 65 th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea and to assist the Australian Ambassador in Washington commemorate other important anniversaries that coincide with the deployment. Scope exists for senior RAN representatives to visit Washington and Pearl Harbour in and around the period of the deployment to capitalise on and add to the goodwill that is expected to be generated by this proposal. Venues VENUES AND STAGES OF THE DEPLOYMENT 6. Key venues would include the Washington National Cathedral, the Australian Embassy, and the Millennium Hall in the Kennedy Centre. A number of joint performances would be undertaken with the US Navy Band and RAN Band (in Washington), and with the Pacific Fleet Band and RAN Band (in Pearl Harbour). 7. The deployment would be conducted over three stages: 5 Ambassador Gnehm remarks on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s reception in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty, 30 May 01. (http://canberra.usembassy.gov/anzus/amb_pm_speech.html 11 Jun 06) 6 HADS in Washington has indicated the 17 Apr 07 is the key date being considered to mark this occasion. 7 Cultural Advisor in Washington has indicated that various ceremonies to mark this occasion will be held during the period 17-24 Apr 07. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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