Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

HMAS Labuan's Link to Ballina Acknowledged

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

HMAS Labuan's Link to Ballina Acknowledged

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THE ship is no longer in service with the Royal Australian Navy, but Ballina's connection with the Labuan has been acknowledged.

The Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum late last year was given on long-term loan the ceremonial life ring of the former HMAS Labuan, with the promise of the ship's bell also coming to the museum.

The decommissioning commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Christopher Cockerill, personally delivered the ceremonial life ring.

Meanwhile, the museum has received a letter from Captain JP McCormack, chief of staff to the Chief of Navy, advising that the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, has agreed to the ship's bell being provided to the museum on long-term loan.

Capt McCormack writes that Vice Admiral Barrett agreed to the loan "in acknowledgement of the ship's association with Ballina".

Museum curator Ron Creber said the effort to get the bell was one of the last things former president, the late Clem MacMahon, did before passing away. …

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