Skip to comments.Great sailor to be honoured at Last Post Ceremony
Posted on 05/30/2014 8:34:18 PM PDT by naturalman1975
At the end of each day, as the sun goes down over Canberra, the Last Post is played and the story of one of the fallen 102,000 Australians who have given their lives on Australian military operations is read by a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force.
Today, just after 4.55pm AEST, Chief Petty Officer Ben Sime, himself a Medal of Gallantry recipient, will have the honour of sharing the story of Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp, who was a member of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight - Vietnam.
Leading Seaman Shipp is remembered for determinedly engaging the enemy under heavy fire, while hanging out the door of his aircraft, with his M60 machine gun. Exposed to heavy automatic fire, the helicopter crash landed and Leading Seaman Shipp was seen to continue firing at the enemy right until the moment of impact.
On the 12th of September 2012, the Royal Australian Navy made sure that Leading Aircrewman Shipps sacrifice would inspire future generations of sailors, when it named a Division of the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus after him.
The examples that this man set will inspire new recruits as they pass through the divisional system at HMAS Cerberus, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said at the time.
Chief Petty Officer Sime said he was looking forward to reading Leading Aircrewman Shipps story at the Australian War Memorials Last Post Ceremony this evening.
I am honoured and humbled to lead the remembrance on what I believe to be the 45th anniversary of Leading Seaman Shipps passing in Vietnam, Chief Petty Officer Sime said.
The Last Post Ceremony takes place each day beside the Australian War Memorials Pool of Reflection. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event and pay respect to those who made the greatest sacrifice for their nation.
If you are not in Canberra, but wish to observe tonights Last Post Ceremony, you can do so via live video stream from the Australian War Memorials website at http://live.awm.gov.au
I think it is worth mentioning what CPO Sime MG received his medal for.
Then Leading Seaman Sime, was a crew member on HMAS Stuart's Seahawk helicopter in April 2004, when seven American sailors from the USS Firebolt attempted to board an Iraqi vessel which had been approaching oil infrastructure in the Persian Gulf. The Iraqi vessel exploded killing three American sailors and leaving four others wounded in the water. HMAS Stuart was the nearest large warship and immediately responded to calls for assistance. On arriving on scene, when it became clear that at least one of the injured was in serious trouble, Leading Seaman Sime showed no hesitation in jumping from his helicopter into dark seas in which oil was still burning to support that sailor until further help could arrive.
It's great to see that he's gone on to be a Chief - still serving his country ten years after doing all and more above and beyond the call of duty.
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