Stirling opens its gates to families

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, Western Australia

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Able Seaman Nikki Howard paints the face of Chayce Donnellan at the Off Watch Centre during HMAS Stirling's Families Day. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Able Seaman Nikki Howard paints the face of Chayce Donnellan at the Off Watch Centre during HMAS Stirling's Families Day.

HMAS Stirling was recently awash with painted faces and colourful balloons as the base near Rockingham, Western Australia held its inaugural Family Day.

Held in earlyJuly, the Family Day was aimed at showing families the many facilities located at the base, and encouraging their participation at a number of interactive display stalls.

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, said the event was open to all uniformed and Australian Public Service personnel families, as well as Australian Navy Cadet Units, schools and the Defence Community Organisation.

“A range of activities was provided for all visitors,” he said.

“This included displays from Australian Clearance Diving Team Four, the Stirling Armoury, Fleet Support Unit West, the Submarine Force and the School of Survivability and Ship Safety.

“Essentially, the day was aimed at encouraging family participation in the Stirling workplaces, and providing activities and displays to showcase and inform families what their loved ones do on the base and in the places they work.”

One of the more popular attractions was a weapons display held at the armoury where keen adults and children alike were able to safely handle weapons in a supervised environment. 

Captain Delamont said there was also huge interest in the display held at the fire ground where Navy members showcased their equipment and well honed fire fighting skills.

He said feedback from visitors on the day was very encouraging.

“There were quite a few positive comments on the day, with people saying it was a pleasure to be able to visit and see inside the operations and history of an amazing service,” he said.

Other displays included those provided by the Stirling Off Watch Centre, Joint Logistics Unit West, and the Stirling Gymnasium.

Families, friends and partcipants were also well catered for with Training Centre West  and the Navy Engineering Systems Centre - Stirling provided a sausage sizzle in support of the Family Day.