NAIDOC Week at Jervis Bay

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), MIDN Matthew Rae (author), MIDN Gabrielle Anastasio (photographer), MIDN Jennifer Hall (photographer)

Location(s): Wreck Bay, Jervis Bay Territory

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, 723 Squadron, NAIDOC Week

Lieutenant Nat Davies conducts a safety brief as Executive Officer HMAS Creswell Commander Tish van Stralen looks on. (photo: MIDN Gabrielle Anastasio)
Lieutenant Nat Davies conducts a safety brief as Executive Officer HMAS Creswell Commander Tish van Stralen looks on.

Children from Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community, Jervis Bay, had a surprise from aloft this week when a Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron (HMAS Albatross) and personnel from HMAS Creswell dropped in for a visit.

The helicopter was sporting special International Fleet Review livery and visited as part of 2013 NAIDOC Week activities.

It was a great opportunity for the Navy to get involved with the local community and the children had a fantastic time getting shown around the helicopter, an experience many will never forget.

Executive Officer HMAS Creswell, Commander Letitia van Stralen said the opportunity to visit Wreck Bay and inform the children about what their Navy neighbours do for a living is an important part of maintaining our strong links with the community.

“Jervis Bay Territory is a small area shared by many different people and agencies and we all work closely together. This was a great opportunity for Creswell and Albatross to participate in NAIDOC activities and contribute further to our positive relationship in the community” Commander van Stralen said.

Lieutenant Natalie Davies and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Anthony Da Silva showed the locals a little of their unique ‘office’ and sparked some interest for some future Naval Aviators.

NAIDOC Week activities are held across Australia each July to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.