HMAS Darwin proved a popular attraction for sightseers in Adelaide when she berthed at the capital city for Navy Week South Australia.
On her way from Sydney to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, the Adelaide Class frigate opened her gangway to local Navy Cadets Units, Defence Force Recruiting and for family members of ship’s company.
Royal Australian Air Force’s Maritime Patrol Wing - the ‘eyes in the sky’ patrolling Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone - also received a tour.
Darwin’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker, said the visit was an opportunity to engage with the South Australian community.
Several crew members took the opportunity to visit future Royal Australian Navy destroyer NUSHIP Hobart while in port.
The first of three air warfare destroyers is in the final trials phase at Osborne, in Port Adelaide.
“Darwin also took part in the recent sea trials for Hobart, which looked impressive as she scythed her way through the St Vincent Gulf seas,” Lieutenant Commander Parker said.
Ship’s company joined with dignitaries from the community at a reception in the South Australian Maritime Museum, hosted by Commanding Officer Naval Headquarters South Australia, Commander Andrew Burnett.
A highlight of the evening was a performance by the South Australian Navy Reserve Band which played the Last Post, Reveille and Beat the Retreat.
Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will involve 17 warships from the Australian, United States, Italian, Spanish and New Zealand navies.
Held off the coast of Western Australia from 13 February to 10 March it will train ships in high-end warfighting.
HMAS Darwin is the longest serving ship in the fleet and will decommission later this year.