I have been successful in my bid to have welfare subsidize the celebrations we have planned for the stations decommissioning. So this is how things will go at this stage (I say at this stage because the timetable changed 4 times this week the only certainty is the Ball on Sat 1st Sep)
At 0930 (310001Z Aug 01)
The Chief of the Navy will officially close the station by transmitting the last signal and close down the Coastal Operation Communications System by short voice message.
We will hold the last BBQ out the back of the station (this will give everyone a chance to have a last look inside the station as the official closing will most probably be attended by media and more hangeroners than you can poke a stick at. That’s not to say that you are not invited but it could get crowded.
Probably an all day affair
The navy will be holding an open day at Darwin Naval Base in Larrakeyah Barracks. The communications display will be taking on a historical theme to coincide with the decommissioning, so if anyone has some short stories or photos they would like to submit it would help to make this a great display
Venue. The Carlton Hotel Darwin
This will commence at 1930 for pre dinner drinks and a hot buffet will commence at 2030. The entertainment will be provided by a husband and wife Duo who I am told are very good, If anyone would like to make speeches at the Ball please let me know and I will fit you into the programme
Prices offered by the Carlton are
Delux $125 single/twin/double
Executive $165 single/double
When booking mention NAVCOMSTA
(There are many very good hotels around Darwin that will offer much better deals)
HMAS Coonawarra has a few demountables available by alas I don’t have the number handy while typing but if you contact the switch during business hours on (08) 89354111 they will be able to point you in the right direction
Tickets for the Ball are going for $45 a head only 300 tickets available. When booking please let me know when you served at either W/T Station Coonawarra, Darwin Naval Radio Station or NAVCOMSTA Darwin so we can seat you with some old mates. Also let me know if you will be attending all or some of the events above
Please make your cheques/money orders payable to NAVCOMSTA Darwin Ball Fund. Please post them so that they reach me by 10 Aug 01
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call me, As I am still watchkeeping if you cannot get me at work ask for POCIS4 Kev Stenhouse.
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