Stirling gives Navy families the red carpet treatment

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Family Day

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Kayla Petersen leads a tour group around HMAS Toowoomba during the HMAS Stirling Families Day. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Kayla Petersen leads a tour group around HMAS Toowoomba during the HMAS Stirling Families Day.

Navy members in Western Australia made their families the focus on January 25 as they hosted the annual HMAS Stirling Families Day.

The ever-popular Families Day provides an opportunity for serving members and their Australian Public Service colleagues to bring their loved ones to Garden Island, acknowledging families as important and valued members of the Navy family.

Other members of Navy’s broader community in Western Australia were also invited to the event, including Navy Cadet units, Defence Family Transition Mentors, the Defence Community Organisation and invited VIPs.

Families Day and provided a host of interactive activities and displays which showcased the various services provided on the island.

Displays included offerings from Australian Clearance Diving Team Four, the armoury, the Submarine Force, the Submarine Escape and Rescue Centre, the Off Watch Centre, Navy Chaplains, and a host of other units that lodge at Garden Island.

Outgoing Commanding Officer Captain Brian Delamont said it had always been a pleasure to engage with local families on Families Day.

“HMAS Stirling’s role is to support the Fleet, and families are a key part of that” he said.

“It is normally difficult for family members to visit their loved ones at work and for new-joiners to understand all that goes on here, so having an open day at the end of the school holidays has proved very popular.”

“It has evolved over the years to include lunch and pool activities and it is a great start to the year,” Captain Delamont said.

If the success of the day could be measured by the turnout and the number of inquisitive questions by the younger visitors, then the Stirling Family Day was once again a sterling success.

Imagery may be found at http://images.defence.gov.au/20190080.