I attended Admiral Mike Hudson’s funeral at Garden Island on Friday, 4 March. As most will know, Mike Hudson was CO Melbourne, Fleet Commander and CNS, and thus had much contact with the FAA.

As to be expected, there was a big crowd and the full ceremonial was conducted with great formality and to the highest standard. Tom Frame, Bishop of the Forces, presided over the church service – he had previously had a tour as Admiral Hudson’s personal assistant.

There was an impressive line up of VIPs – including the Minister, General Peter Cosgrove, Kim Beasley, Bob Hawke, Heads of the Services and retired CDFs, Peter Gration and Chris Barry. FAA faces included Fred Lane, John Da Costa and Ken Barnett – all looking in fine fettle!

I signed the Condolence Book on behalf of the FAAAA – David Farthing, National President, Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia.