Signs of a great relationship

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

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Chris Cox (left) and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Charles Smith-Luck share jokes in the passageway onboard HMAS Perth.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Chris Cox (left) and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Charles Smith-Luck share jokes in the passageway onboard HMAS Perth.

Cities and ships share a lot in common.  Both need utilities such as electricity and water to sustain the operation.  

Both have policemen to keep the peace and doctors to mend the injured. To reinforce those links to her home-port, HMAS Perth's ship's company have taken some local landmarks to remind them of their home city whilst on deployment in the Middle East.

In a ceremony at Council House on 24 March, the Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, presented the ship with three iconic street signs and just prior to the ship's departure on operational deployment, the signs were mounted on bulkheads.

St Georges Terrace, the main thoroughfare in the City of Perth, has been put up on 1 Deck just outside the Wardroom in what is one of the busiest parts of the ship.  

Hay Street and Barrack Street, two other main roads in Perth have been up on 2 Deck, one in the forward section and one in the Junior Sailors' Café.

At the same time, days before departure, the street signs were joined by another important reminder of home Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Josh Carey explained.

"We had discussed the flight deck and hangar being an extension of Perth Airport, the issue was that we could not find anyone to make the sign,” he said.

Vernon Kingman of Kingman Visual kindly donated a Perth Airport Terminal 5 sign to the ship, which has been proudly erected in the hangar. 

Now as visitors arrive by helicopter they will be greeted by the sign before catching glimpses of the other landmark addresses around the ship.

For the Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, the signs are important additions to the warship.

"Identity is important to us and 'Team Perth' is very proud of the history of Perth and the close ties that we continue to have with the City of Perth.  

These signs will be a great talking point for all of the visitors to the ship while we are deployed.”

HMAS Perth has deployed for duties under Operation MANITOU.