• Captain Raul Zamorano and Commander Simon Brown

    Captain Raul Zamorano and Commander Simon Brown

  • Colonel Orlando Franchi, Carlos Moran and Captain Pedro Ramirez

    Colonel Orlando Franchi, Carlos Moran and Captain Pedro Ramirez

  • High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed with Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela Fernandez

    High Commissioner of New Zealand Chris Seed with Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela Fernandez

  • Daniel Gasparri Rey and Ambassador of Guatamala Connie Taracena Secaira

    Daniel Gasparri Rey and Ambassador of Guatamala Connie Taracena Secaira

  • Captain Ricky B and Lieutenant Colonel Goh Ling Boom

    Captain Ricky B and Lieutenant Colonel Goh Ling Boom

  • Hiroko Manabe, Kumi Mirakami, Yuko Amano and Marian Coppola

    Hiroko Manabe, Kumi Mirakami, Yuko Amano and Marian Coppola

  • Colonel Peter Connolly and Colonel Harold Jacobs

    Colonel Peter Connolly and Colonel Harold Jacobs

  • Colonel Martinez Parra, Colonel Manabe Teruhiko, Lieutenant Gary Miller and Captain Shinsuke Amano

    Colonel Martinez Parra, Colonel Manabe Teruhiko, Lieutenant Gary Miller and Captain Shinsuke Amano

  • Wing Commander Jonathan Hough and Colonel Hiroaki Murakami

    Wing Commander Jonathan Hough and Colonel Hiroaki Murakami

  • Patrica Triay,Warrant Officer Ceasar Hernandez and Cecilia Hernandez with Norma Espinosa

    Patrica Triay,Warrant Officer Ceasar Hernandez and Cecilia Hernandez with Norma Espinosa

  • Susan Chiriboga, Dino Arciniega and Eloisa Vidurr

    Susan Chiriboga, Dino Arciniega and Eloisa Vidurr

  • Daniel Gasparri Rey and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

    Daniel Gasparri Rey and Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho

  • Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino

    Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino

  • Military Attache Embassy of Peru Captain Paolo Vallej Schenone

    Military Attache Embassy of Peru Captain Paolo Vallej Schenone

  • Captain Sami Al Motairy and Colonel Hiroaki Murakami

    Captain Sami Al Motairy and Colonel Hiroaki Murakami

  • Elisa Caraballo. Marina Coppola, Colonel Orlando Franchi, Patricia Triay, Eveliea Huicochea and Marcella Mantarola

    Elisa Caraballo. Marina Coppola, Colonel Orlando Franchi, Patricia Triay, Eveliea Huicochea and Marcella Mantarola

  • Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros, Ambassador of El Salvador Luis Menendez and his wife Margarita Menendez

    Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros, Ambassador of El Salvador Luis Menendez and his wife Margarita Menendez

  • Captain Pedro Ramirez and Captain Pitak Niyaso

    Captain Pedro Ramirez and Captain Pitak Niyaso

  • Commander Mark Chadwick, Commodore Michael Houghton and Susan Houghton and Louise Clarke and Air Commodore Shaun Clarke

    Commander Mark Chadwick, Commodore Michael Houghton and Susan Houghton and Louise Clarke and Air Commodore Shaun Clarke

  • Louise Clarke, Maria Carolina Arce, Colonel Orlando Franchi and Wing Commander Carol Abraham

    Louise Clarke, Maria Carolina Arce, Colonel Orlando Franchi and Wing Commander Carol Abraham

  • Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela Fernandez, Esteban Melyarejo and the Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez

    Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela Fernandez, Esteban Melyarejo and the Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez

  • Maria Laencina and Patricia Triay

    Maria Laencina and Patricia Triay

  • Colonel Harold Jacobs and Captain Pitak Niyaso

    Colonel Harold Jacobs and Captain Pitak Niyaso

  • Huong Tran, Supatai Chungcharoen, Evelia Huicochea and Melanie Miller

    Huong Tran, Supatai Chungcharoen, Evelia Huicochea and Melanie Miller

  • Captain Shinsuke Amano, Natasha Sowry, Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Miller

    Captain Shinsuke Amano, Natasha Sowry, Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Miller

  • Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino and his wife Teresita, Captain Paolo Vallej Schenone and Rosa Arata Luces

    Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino and his wife Teresita, Captain Paolo Vallej Schenone and Rosa Arata Luces

  • Colonel Nguyen Chu and Huong Tran

    Colonel Nguyen Chu and Huong Tran

  • Lieutenant Commander Rowena Gaffney and Lieutenant Colonel Mika Ihalainen

    Lieutenant Commander Rowena Gaffney and Lieutenant Colonel Mika Ihalainen

  • Supatai Chungcharoen and Captain Nithi Chungcharoen

    Supatai Chungcharoen and Captain Nithi Chungcharoen

Peru Navy and Armed Forces Day Reception

10 October 2016

There’s something about uniforms. Splendid when on mass diplay on ceremonial occasions. Not all of course and especially not those horrible memories of school tunics and nobbly knees from so long ago, but put an armada of navy uniforms from many of the defence attaches and other defence force representatives at embassies in Canberra together for a lunchtime drinks and eats to celebrate an anniversary of the Peruvian Navy and their Armed Forces  and it’s quite a sight. Brass, braid and shiny shoes with medals and regalia unidentifiable to most are a detailed story of name, rank and serial number, awards and achievements.

We were at the BoatHouse gazing at a grey and uninviting lake with nary a boat nor kayak in sight talking of most things other than ships at sea but those who attend these diplomatic gatherings are among our most interesting short term residents with stories to tell, homes far away from the quiet life of Canberra but all quick to establish themselves and enjoy this quieter diplomatic life.

With toasts to the Peruvian Navy and Armed Forces for this special day the formalities were done and it was time to circulate.  

They do it well and honour fine traditions of the high seas and those entrenched in their rituals. And I spend too much time deciphering the names, ranks, countries and unpronounceable name tags.