As the Tall ships and warships gathered of the NSW coast to embark on their next port of call, Sydney, the call went of for the Tingira Boys to gather and perform a ‘Welcome Tribute’ dedicated to all past and present ships and sailors of the Royal Australian Navy.
The fitting place for the tribute was ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park South.
Located in the south eastern corner of the Memorial, the dedication area to the RAN with the sea battles inscribed on the walls above, was an embracing reminder to the members gathered why we were and are part of our Royal Australian Navy.
In their now usual tradition the Tingira Boys commenced their ceremony with former Junior Recruit Peter Stephenson marching on the Tingira Bell. A floral wreath laying ceremony followed by President of the RSL NSW Don Rowe OAM, reciting the Ode then Tingira Vice President David Ruckert, reciting the Naval Ode.
Association Patron Vice Admiral Russ Crane AO CSM RANR gave the welcome address to capture the memories of the great traditions of the navy over her first 100 years and the spoke of the many young ratings who had given their supreme sacrifice for King, Queen and Country I those conflicts of WW1 and WW2 in the navy’s formidable early years.
Former RAN senior chaplain, Monsignor Brian Raynor and Pastor Bob Durbin completed the Tribute with the blessing of the new Tingira Stole and the delivery of the new Tingira Prayer
Prayer for the Tingira Association Australia
Let us pray,
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the opportunity to be here today; to share in the blessings that come from you. We give you thanks especially for the members of this association;
They represent those who, from humble beginnings in NSS Sobraon, to the ship that carried the Association name, HMAS Tingira; through to HMAS Leeuwin and now in HMAS Cerberus, have served our great nation through their service in the Royal Australian Navy.
As we reflect upon the service of these young sailors who, from the floating berths in Rose Bay and the greater Sydney Harbour, to the harbour side of Fremantle and finally to Hann’s Inlet in Victoria, have travelled the world’s oceans in the defence of freedom and democracy for all.
As we stand in the shadow of the Emden Gun, we are reminded that this service has always come at a cost. From the Battle of Cocos on the 9th November 1914, through World War II, Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam; through the Gulf Wars all the way to our current men and women; the Sobraon/Tingira legacy has and continues to serve Australia well.
So loving God, watch over the members of this Association that they may continue to hold high the traditions handed down through generations of sailors. May all they do be an inspiration to those who follow in their footsteps, that they too will have a special place in the history of this, the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit.
Loving Father, continue to bless them, that through the strength, love and compassion you give to each of them, the mission of the Tingira Association will be fulfilled.
This we ask and pray in Jesus name. AMEN