Darwin waves the flag in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), Paul Redding (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Darwin (F04), Decommissioning

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart. (photo: Paul Redding)
From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart.

After farewelling Brisbane recently, HMAS Darwin headed to Hobart last month – her penultimate port of call on her final visit to all coastal capital cities.
 
The frigate’s visit to Brisbane coincided with the first anniversary since the local base, HMAS Moreton, was recommissioned.
 
On the way to Hobart, the crew was put through its paces in various ship evolutions to hone skills in damage control, ship handling and electronic casualty control drills.
 
The night before coming alongside in Hobart, Darwin dropped anchor near Port Arthur, where members of the ship’s company went ashore to tour the historic penitentiary site.
 
Darwin 
hosted tours of the ship once alongside in Hobart, which consisted of groups from Australian Defence Force Recruiting, Claremont College, Saint Aloysius School, Taroona Scout Group and the Australian American Association.
 
Lieutenant Lance Morris, who took the Scouts on their tour, said they asked him who the firefighters were on board.
 
“I told them ‘everyone’,” he said.
 
He said they were then kitted out in firefighting gear with breathing apparatus and told they had three minutes to get to a fire on the ship.
 
“This blew their minds,” he said.
 
“They were positively buzzing when I farewelled them from the ship.”
 
The ship also received a special visitor, Pheobe Dunbabin, who was accompanied by her mother and father.
 
Miss Dunbabin’s name was etched into Darwin’s ship’s bell when she was christened on the ship many years ago.
 
The Ship’s Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Jack Parnell, said it was important to thank the communities for their support during the 33 years the ship has been in service.
 
“It was a good opportunity to wave the Darwin flag one final time before we decommission at the end of the year.”
 
The city of Darwin will host the ship in November before she is decommissioned.