“Friday the 13th, Black Friday for some, Black Cats and Broomstick Parties for others, not for the former Royal Australian Navy Tingira Boys, we just settle for birthday cake and rum, that’s a celebration party”, said Tingira Australia President, Lance Ker.
Members of the association will gather in six Australian capital cities on Friday evening. Via iPhones and social media devices as a national hook up they will each cut their cakes and sing the Tingira birthday tribute 8pm (EST) together, celebrating the 58th birthday and commissioning date of the first intake of sailors at their former training base HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle, WA, that commenced activities on 13 July of 1960.
“It’s been a long time coming this party, now that we are counting down the years we are looking forward to the big one in 2020. It will be a grand occasion for many of us as we reach our Everest, the eldest boys will be at age 75, the young ones at 49” bound to be some good ‘war stories’ that night’ said President, Lance Ker.
The association will also announce this Friday the winner of this years annual ‘Stonehaven Medal; an award for the Tingira member who has gone ‘above and beyond the normal course of duty’ in community or naval duties over the past 12 months.
In Sydney, Tingira members, RSL Rose Bay sub-Branch members, friends and their partners will gather at the Tingira Memorial, Rose Bay, for a commemoration sunset service at 6pm followed by a party celebration at Club Rose Bay.
Tingira Memorial, Rose Bay will ‘Dress Ship’ (All nautical flags flying) from 0800 ton Friday 13th July to commemorate the actual commissioning date of the first intake of the second generation of Tingira sailors at HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle in 1960.
Bravo Zulu Tingira Boys!