Stuart HOT on radio

Published on LEUT Michael Wheeler (author and photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Location(s): Albany

HMAS Arunta leads a formation of seven warships including HMNZS Te Kaha (left) and HMAS Anzac through King George Sound off Albany, Western Australia during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)
HMAS Arunta leads a formation of seven warships including HMNZS Te Kaha (left) and HMAS Anzac through King George Sound off Albany, Western Australia during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

As part of the activities associated with the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, HMAS Stuart hosted a Perth radio station as they broadcast live from the ship.

Ryan and Rosie, breakfast show hosts on HOT FM, joined Stuart, going to air directly from the ship during the symbolic convoy departure. The ship’s company took the broadcasters through the various departments of the ship live on air.

A broadcast area was set up on the Gun Direction Platform which included all the equipment needed to broadcast across King George Sound and over the FM airwaves to listeners across the south west of Western Australia.

Ryan and Rosie from HOT FM inside HMAS Stuart's S70B Seahawk Helicopter during a break from their live broadcast onboard the ship during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Ryan and Rosie from HOT FM inside HMAS Stuart's S70B Seahawk Helicopter during a break from their live broadcast onboard the ship during the symbolic convoy departure as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Ryan and Rosie spent time visiting the galley, the five-inch gun, machinery spaces, the bridge and the flight deck looking over the controls of the MRH-90 helicopter, interviewing many of the ship’s company who described their work and living conditions.

Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart Commander Aaron Nye outlined the ship's movements during the departure and explained significance of the event.

 

Rosie spent some time finding her sea legs but by the end of the day was becoming familiar with all matters nautical she said.

“What a great way to bring the historic events taking place this weekend in Albany to all our listeners onboard a real warship. A big thank you to the crew of HMAS Stuart for making the broadcast such a success,” she said.

Ryan just wanted to do it all again. 

“I learnt so much about the Navy today and the great work that Navy does. The ride back into the Port of Albany capped off a great day of FM broadcasting combined with the history of Anzac,” he said.