Anzac Day Commemorated at Antarctic Research Base

A veteran Defence Force naval officer led an Anzac Day dawn service for 26 expeditioners at Casey research station in Antarctica on April 25.

Rebecca Jeffcoat has been with the Royal Australian Navy for 28 years and has spent a year as Australia’s Casey station leader. The commander said the crew huddled up against each other in temperatures of minus 15 degrees Celsius as the Australian flag was lowered to half-mast, while listening to several reading, before holding a moment of silence for the fallen.

“There’s a great tradition of Antarctic explorers who have served in defence forces in times of conflict including Mawson and Wilkins and Hurley, and we’ll remember those men today,” Jeffcoat said.

“And in turn the qualities of Anzacs who served and who we remember today such as teamwork and mateship, courage, self-sacrifice and self-discipline.” Credit: Australian Antarctic Division via Storyful