Top secret ‘cameo’ for army mascots Vernon and Penny

EARLY HUMP DAY: Vernon and Penny the camel mascots of 26 Transport Squadron travelling in style through Tamworth. Photos: Gareth Gardner 040416GGA04TAMWORTH motorists could be mistaken for thinking it was hump day yesterday morning as a pair of camels travelled through Tamworth in army trucks.
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Penny and Vernon the camels are the official mascots of 26 Transport Squadron and hail back to the unit’s links to the Camel Corps of World

War I.

They were named in honour of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Vernon Andrew, squadron Officer Commanding from the 1970s, and his wife, Penny.

The camels were tight-lipped about their destination when they passed through Tamworth yesterday, but often star in military parades and community events.

CAMEL TRANSPORT: Penny and Vernon have the best wheels on the road. 040416GGA01

They travel in style in a specially-constructed pen and, from the look on their faces, they take their roles seriously.

The mascots are regularly rotated, but take on the names Penny and Vernon, and come from Northern Territory-based organisation, Camels Australia.

Penny and Vernon represent 9th Force Support Battalion, 26 Transport Squadron and RAAF Base Amberley (near Ipswich) as a whole.

ONE HUMP OR TWO?: There were no sideway glances from the army dromedaries as they passed through Tamworth yesterday. 040416GGA05

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