Australian Navy Cadets, members of the HMAS Perth Association and the Navy League were recently given the opportunity to visit HMAS Perth, showcasing the future capability of the Anzac class fleet.
On 16 December, Navy cadets of Training Ship (TS) Perth and other guests were offered a guided tour through the ship displaying the state-of-the-art equipment installed through the Anti-Ship Missile Defence and MH-60R Helicopter Upgrade projects. The crew of Perth were honoured to lend a hand during the tour and acknowledged the support these organisations have given the ship and the wider Navy over many years.
Although connected to the legacy of the two previous historic ships to bear the name, for many of the Navy League and Perth Association guests, it was their first time onboard. For many of the Navy cadets this tour also signified their first time aboard a modern warship. Petty Officer Ben Haselgrove, an instructor with TS Perth explained how the tour was a great motivator for his charges.
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to tour HMAS Perth (III). I’m sure this will be a very memorable moment for the cadets, not to mention myself.
“These tours are an important part of the cadets training and development - they are crucial for building their interest towards considering a career as an officer or sailor in the Royal Australian Navy," he said.
During the tour, guests were shown through the upgraded operations room where they were given the rare opportunity to view video footage of the live Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile firings launched from HMAS Perth at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in August 2013.
Members of the Perth Association were impressed by the massive capability improvement and commented that compared to the former warships, Perth’s ability to defend herself and her allies was impressive.
Having recently returned from a successful Mariner Skills Evaluation period, HMAS Perth is scheduled to return to sea in January 2015 to commence first of class flight trials for the new MH-60R Seahawk; a milestone which is attracting considerable attention as Perth sets out to establish the MH-60R Seahawk as the Navy’s principal Anti-Submarine Warfare capability.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20143858.