Navy personnel from Garden Island in Western Australia are all geared up to participate in what has become an annual extravaganza of all things ‘maritime’.
For the last four years, the Royal Australian Navy has participated in Fremantle Ports Maritime Day Expo, enjoying the opportunity to showcase its people, ships and equipment to the general public. This year the event will be held on Saturday 31 August at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Ports, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The free annual expo celebrates the wider Maritime Industry and Fremantle Port, whilst providing the public with information about maritime education and careers in the maritime field.
With more than 40 industry booths showcasing their businesses, as well as multiple static and dynamic displays by the Navy, the expo offers the general public the chance to talk to representatives from companies involved in the maritime industry.
Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Sydney will be a major draw card at this years event, opening her gangway to the local and wider Perth community throughout the day.
Other displays from HMAS Stirling will showcase the Navy Community Engagement Program, Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety, Clearance Dive Team 7, Naval Police Coxswains, Navy Medics, Explosive Ordinance Services and the LR5 submersible, one of the world’s most advanced underwater rescue systems designed for retrieving sailors from stranded submarines.
Chefs from HMAS Stirling will cook off against Fremantle Port Authority Cooks to deliver a culinary feast that will be judged by Maritime VIPs. The seafood delights will be offered to the general public for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to charity.
The Dixie group and jazz quintet of the Royal Australian Navy Band - Western Australian Detachment, will entertain the crowds as will Australian Naval Cadets with their Drumming, Marching and Cutlass displays.
But the day isn’t all about teenagers and adults, attractions for children include art activities with well-know Fremantle artist Angela Rossen, balloon twisting and face painting.
Free harbour rides courtesy of Challenger Institute of Technology will be on offer or, for a gold coin donation per family, expo visitors can tour the harbour on Rottnest Express’s Eco Express boat. They can also tour a tug and Fremantle Ports’ emergency response boat.
Navy Community Engagement Regional Coordinator, Chief Petty Officer Toni Ralph said the expo is a great opportunity for Navy to interact with both the maritime and wider community.
“If you're interested in the maritime industry, or just want a fun family day out, this expo will be well worth your time,” she said.
Imagery from 2012 Maritime Day Expo is available at on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/12130848.