HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.
Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped into farewell Darwin before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year.
Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, said the visit was particularly special for the 200 crew.
“Visiting a namesake port is always a great occasion, but to bring Darwin in during her decommissioning year and celebrate her achievements with the people of Darwin is especially memorable for us,” Commander Henry said.
“Our ship’s company are honoured to be part of Darwin’s history and we are proud to tell the story of her illustrious career representing Darwin and all of Australia with distinction.
“She is a fine ship and has served Australia well with deployments to Timor-Leste in 1999, the Solomon Islands in 2001 and regular trips to the Middle East, bringing peace and stability to the region.
“All of the ship’s company are excited to thank and farewell the city which has been so kind to us over many years.”
Darwin will exercise the ship’s right to Freedom of Entry with a public parade through the streets of Darwin on Saturday, 4 November and will host an open day on Sunday, 5 November.
Information on the events is available at navy.gov.au or the Royal Australian Navy’s Facebook page.
More information on Darwin is available at: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-darwin
Imagery of the parade will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20172417