A meeting between HMAS Albatross and the Nowra RSL Sub-Branch has cemented preparations for this year's Greenwell Point Anzac Day dawn service march.
Personnel from HMAS Albatross will be marching at this year's dawn service after a tumultuous week, which included enormous local outcry, after it was revealed personnel would not be marching due to safety concerns over marching in the dark and the danger of "slippage".
Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Michael Noonan weighed into the debate when questioned over the decision in senate estimates hearings saying personnel "would be marching at the Greenwell Point dawn service".
HMAS Albatross Executive Officer, Commander David Hutchinson met with Nowra RSL Sub-Branch president Fred Dawson on Friday morning, in what CMDR Hutchinson described as a "positive meeting".
"We had a good chat about the reason why it was decided not to participate in the march aspect of the dawn service," CMDR Hutchinson said.
"He [Mr Dawson] listened to our concerns and raised a few of his own and it was decided the best, proper course of action, was to move ahead with the march as we have in previous years."
CMDR Hutchinson said an instruction had gone out to the base, not unlike any other year, that Albatross personnel who were attending the Greenwell Point dawn service should "fall in as usual at 0501".
"We have done our security risk assessments and hazard assessments and we will go down and have another look at the marching route prior to the event as we would normally do," he said.
Mr Dawson said issues around the navy personnel marching at Greenwell Point had been "resolved".
"Navy admitted it had made a mistake, reversed the decision and apologised," he said.
"We had to accept navy's original decision and were disappointed but it's good to see common sense has prevailed and the march will go ahead as usual."
Anzac Day will again be a busy time for Albatross, with personnel set to travel far and wide to take part in ceremonies.
"We have personnel and squadron members attending a number of services locally and others further afield to locations where city relationships exist," CMDR Hutchinson said.
"We will have a lot of personnel away and our numbers might be down a bit but we expect the Greenwell Point march to be as well attended as previous years and is held in high regard by Albatross personnel.
"We will have personnel at a number of outlying villages within the city who will then return to Nowra for its main march later in the day.
"We are always mindful and committed to our community engagement activities in Nowra and the broader Shoalhaven region and we will continue to do so.
"All defence looks forward to Anzac Day and being out in the community on parade.
"We especially look to being out with RSL and support those who have who served before us and have a great day."
HMAS Albatross will also provide a guest speaker, catafalque party and flag bearers for the Greenwell Point Dawn Service.