Royal Australian Navy supports NSW Kids in Need

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Harley Slatter (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, Recruitment, Helicopters, MRH-90 Taipan, 808 Squadron, 816 Squadron, Charities and Fundraising, HMAS Canberra (L02), Open Day, Australian Clearance Diving Team One, Mine Countermeasures

HMAS Canberra opened to visitors for the third annual World's Largest Open House charity day, in support of NSW Kids in Need. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
HMAS Canberra opened to visitors for the third annual World's Largest Open House charity day, in support of NSW Kids in Need.

Members of the public got a ‘backstage’ pass to amphibious giant, HMAS Canberra as part of the New South Wales Kids in Need fundraising event, the World’s Largest Open House recently.

Some attendees were looking to join the Royal Australian Navy and used the chance to see what life is like onboard, such as aspiring Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer, Laurence.

“The day was great and all the sailors were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed getting up close with the helicopters and the food coming out of the galley looked really good,” he said.

Roslyn was another who was having a look around what she hoped might be a future posting as a medic.

But her aspirations are long, as she was also checking out a possible second Navy career, utilising her civilian fitness training experience to one day become a Physical Training Instructor.
 
“Being able to talk to a Physical Training Instructor in person was a fantastic opportunity,” she said.

“I was also happy to see the medical facilities on Canberra and hear about the different roles in the Navy.”

Members of the public donated funds to the charity by purchasing a ticket for a one-hour tour to see the heavy and light vehicle decks, galley, embarked forces accommodation, flight deck, the medical facilities and different equipment used in a range of evolutions around the ship.

The day was supported by the involvement of 808 and 816 Squadrons, Australian Mine Warfare Team 16, Clearance Diving Team One, the Royal Australian Navy Band and Army’s 17th Combat Service Support Brigade.

Commanding Officer Canberra Captain Ashley Papp said he was delighted the ship could help out as part of the charity’s activities.

“It’s good to know that we have all played a part in assisting to raise money for such a worthy cause in New South Wales,” he said.

“The crew should feel proud of the work they have put in to showcase Canberra to the public and help the community through the fundraising effort.”

Captain Papp highlighted the experience visitors got from access to the ship.

“Our involvement with Kids in Need has allowed people to explore some of the ship and see what we do. 

“They have also seen the roles that crew members have and the different departments that allow the ship to function,” he said.

Canberra 
was one of a number of venues opened to the public as part of the World’s Largest Open House.