Australia deployed a contingent of 51 musicians from the Royal Australian Navy Band to support the 2011 Nanchang International Tattoo. The theme for the Australian Contingent's segment of the tattoo was 'All Hands on Deck'. During its performance, the contingent Manned Ship using bugles and boatswain calls, which are traditional naval instruments used for communicating messages onboard ships, and its drummers Beat to Quarters as a mark of respect to all seafarers.
A key element of its performance was the Cheer Ship, which is a traditional Naval salute. Cheer Ship was offered to the People of Nanchang - Hero City.
The band's Semaphore Party also signalled Nanchang Hero City. The contingent retired to Australia's National song, Waltzing Matilda.
This performance was one of two held in the Nanchang International Sports Stadium. A third performance was held in front of the historic Teng Wang Pavilion on 26 October 2011.
The Contingent Commander was Commander Phillip Anderson OAM RAN, Director of Music Royal Australian Navy