International pop superstar Ricky Martin was swept up in the International Fleet Review fever gripping Sydney when he visited HMAS Perth (III) during IFR.
The Grammy-award winning singer came aboard Perth for a close-up look at the Anzac Class Frigate berthed at Barangaroo, in the heart of Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Fresh from his show stopping performance at the NRL Grand Final and the opening shows of his live Australian tour, Ricky enjoyed a guided tour of the ship from Commanding Officer, Captain (CAPT) Lee Goddard.
The singer spent time meeting many of Perth's star-struck crew, posing for photos and learning about life in the Navy.
CAPT Goddard said it was incredibly generous to have a star like Ricky Martin give so much of his time, so freely, to the crew.
“Ricky was very interested in technology and the weapons systems used in Perth,” CAPT Goddard said.
Perth's biggest Ricky Martin fan, Able Seaman (AB) Chris Edlinger, was on hand to give him a taste of life at sea, showing him the workings of the bridge and the upper decks.
AB Edlinger gave Ricky a quick lesson in flag communication before he hoisted his name spelt out in maritime signal flags.
AB Edlinger said it was an experience of a lifetime to meet Ricky Martin and give him a tour of HMAS Perth.
“It’s not every day that you get to meet a superstar and show him the ropes and work involved with being a sailor in the RAN,” AB Edlinger said.
“The most exciting part of the day was showing him how to hoist his name in flags and afterwards getting photos with him and ships company,” he said.