HMAS Canberra's Decommissioning tour.
In accordance with mariner tradition a crossing the line ceremony was held on HMAS Canberra when she crossed the equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere.
King Neptune and his court are pictured from left to right Kings Guard (POB ELLEM), THE BABY (POCSM MAY) The Queen (POSTD CARTER) King Neptune (POMT DURHAM) The Judge (POET CARTER) & Kings Guard (POATA McLEAN)
During the Crossing the line Ceremony a guard was Presented to the royal court. The Polliwogs were from left to right SBLT Evans, SBLT Francis, FLTLT Hurley and SBLT Muller
During the Crossing the Line ceremony the Executive Officer was put in the stocks for bringing inexperienced mariners (polliwogs) across the equator
That evening after the crossing the line ceremony all those initiated were given their certificates so that they could prove it next time.