All things maritime celebrated in Fremantle

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

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, HMAS Waller (S75)

Sub Lieutenant Dean Gazzola gives Mr John Sharp from Defence Veterans Affairs, Mr Eddie Koza and his sons Alex and Luke a tour of HMAS Waller during the Port of Fremantle Maritime Day held on Victoria Quay in Fremantle. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Sub Lieutenant Dean Gazzola gives Mr John Sharp from Defence Veterans Affairs, Mr Eddie Koza and his sons Alex and Luke a tour of HMAS Waller during the Port of Fremantle Maritime Day held on Victoria Quay in Fremantle.

With the decks swabbed and the bulkheads scrubbed, submarine HMAS Waller featured quayside for all to see during Maritime Day in the working Port of Fremantle.

With extensive shore displays, the event proved to be an exciting opportunity for Navy to engage with the West Australian community and promote pride in the service, as well as being a fun family event.

HMAS Stirling’s Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Delamont said that Navy was on hand to profile careers in the maritime industry with the theme for Maritime Day 2017 – ‘Connecting Ships, People and Ports’. 

“It’s one of the biggest days in Stirling’s calendar,” Captain Delamont said.

“Fremantle has a long association with the Navy with over 160 submarines operating out of the port during the Second World War.

“It’s very difficult to host an event like this on Garden Island [in Rockingham] - so we bring the Navy groups to Fremantle to reconnect this history and showcase what we do in the Navy to the wider public.

“We had groups from most of the work-centres including boatswains demonstrating seamanship tactics, the damage control team, clearance divers, cadet teams, the chefs raising funds for charity, and of course - Waller was the centrepiece for the entire day,” he said.

The Naval Police Coxswains ‘scanned’ children with their handheld metal detectors before entering the Police vans while the Boatswains from the gunnery department demonstrated their capability and expertise. 

In the background the Navy Band delivered musical entertainment while Navy medics attracted plenty of public interest with their ambulance and equipment, and their model patient – a toy wombat.

Seaman Medical Conor Weston from the Stirling Health Centre said he was on hand not only promoting the wellbeing of sailors and officers while at sea and land but also to promote healthcare in general.

“To attract public interest we gave adults and children the opportunity to bandage our wombat which has created further curiosity in terms of what we do,” Seaman Weston said.