Perth sailors strengthen City of Perth ties

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Adam Cooper (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Perth, Western Australia

Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, and members of HMAS Perth's ships company met with The Right Honourable, The  Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, MP, to exchange gifts at her offices in the City of Perth, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, and members of HMAS Perth's ships company met with The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, MP, to exchange gifts at her offices in the City of Perth, Western Australia.

HMAS Perth will take pieces of its namesake city across the world when the frigate deploys later this year after an exchange of gifts with City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

Captain Ivan Ingham, Commanding Officer Perth, swapped a ship’s crest, crew photo and ball cap in exchange for three City of Perth street signs - St George’s Terrace, Hay Street and Barrack Street.  

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Brook Van Kemenade was one of the 12 personnel who attended the presentation from the councillors on 24 March at Council House. 

“The street signs will look great when put up around the ship,” Leading Seaman Van Kemenade said. 

“We are doing a lot of sailing later this year and it will be great to take a small reminder of the city of Perth with us.”

The council also presented the Anzac class frigate’s crew with a Perth flag, a metal crest of the City of Perth from St George’s Cathedral and two plaques detailing the history of both Perth I and Perth II ship’s bells that currently reside in the city.

HMAS Perth deploys to Operation MANITOU later this year marking the 63rd rotation of a Navy ship to Middle East waters since the first Gulf War in 1990.  The frigate will visit several countries in Asia and the Middle East during the five-month deployment.  

Lord Mayor Scaffidi said she was proud to host personnel from the warship especially considering it was the first trip to Council House for many of the personnel.

“It was a real pleasure to host members of HMAS Perth and welcome them back to their city,” Lord Mayor Scaffidi said.