Stirling tour just the ticket

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (author)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont and Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarines Brittany Alexander welcome the winners of the Royal Flying Doctors VIP Auction before conducting a personal VIP tour of HMAS Stirling. (L-R) Craig Peters, Peter Blackburn, Rhys Edwards, Mark McKay, Hans Versteeg, Alan Quartermaine, John Farrell and Allan Knox. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont and Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarines Brittany Alexander welcome the winners of the Royal Flying Doctors VIP Auction before conducting a personal VIP tour of HMAS Stirling. (L-R) Craig Peters, Peter Blackburn, Rhys Edwards, Mark McKay, Hans Versteeg, Alan Quartermaine, John Farrell and Allan Knox.
HMAS Stirling turned on the VIP treatment recently as part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s annual fundraising event, Altitude.
 
During the Altitude 2017 Black Tie Ball late last year, a number of attendees won an exclusive VIP tour of Stirling and Fleet Base West.
 
Arriving at Captain’s Landing on a clear Western Australian morning, the group of eight auction winners were greeted by Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Delamont.
 
After coffee and morning tea in Stirling’s Command Building, the tour got underway with a visit to the Gunnery Department where staff gave a brief on the various weaponry used in the RAN.
 
The rest of the morning was spent touring the various departments of HMAS Stirling, followed by lunch in the Sir James Stirling Mess.
 
The afternoon consisted of a number of activities, including a stop at the historic Cliff Head and a visit to the Z Force Memorial, both of which were accompanied by narratives on the historic significance of these areas.
 
Captain Delamont said as the current holder of Navy’s Community Engagement Award, Stirling continues to focus on supporting community and charity organisations.
 
“Events such as this are a whole-of-base contribution,” Captain Delamont said.
 
“This includes all of our resident units facilitating these visits while continuing to support fleet training and other command objectives.”
 
Captain Delamont said Stirling’s Maritime Logistics Chef staff are major contributors to the success of the base’s community support program and use occasions such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service visit to showcase their exemplary culinary skills.
 
Altitude 2017 raised almost $400,000, with all of the money being channelled back into the organisation.
 
All funds raised went towards funding  operational costs including the maintenance of the fleet of PC-12 aircraft and upcoming PC-24 aircraft.
 
The Royal Flying Doctor Service, which has been operating for almost 90 years, is the largest aeromedical service in the world.