Stirling plays host to Duke of York

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, HMAS Sheean (S77)

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York meets officers and sailors of HMAS Sheean during a tour of HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West in Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)
His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York meets officers and sailors of HMAS Sheean during a tour of HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West in Western Australia.

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York has toured HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West as part of his short visit to Western Australia.

The Prince, a Navy pilot and Falklands War veteran, was given a comprehensive tour of the base by Senior Officer Western Australia Commodore Brett Dowsing and Stirling Commanding Officer Captain Brian Delamont.

After the official welcome at the Stirling Command Building, the Prince was taken to Diamantina Wharf where he was given a tour of HMAS Sheean by the submarine’s Commanding Officer, Commander Richard Lindsay.

Following his submarine tour, the Prince was escorted to the Submarine Systems Training Centre (STSC) where he was given a presentation on Navy’s submariner training program.

Captain Delamont said it was an honour for Stirling to host the Royal Visit.

“I’m extremely proud of what we have here at Stirling and Fleet Base West, and to be able to show off some of our facilities to the Duke of York was a great privilege,” he said.

Following lunch with a group of officers and their partners in the Choules Room at the Sir James Stirling Mess, the Prince was introduced to some of the catering staff before departing the island mid-afternoon.