Last week six children, their families and the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor John Chedid, were treated to a tour of one of the Royal Australian Navy’s Sydney-based Anzac class frigates HMAS Parramatta.
Parramatta's Commanding Officer, Commander Simon Cannell and the ship’s company hosted the winners of the Parramatta Council Colouring Competition which ran during the the ship’s Freedom of Entry Parade into the city in October 2013.
Out of the hundreds of entries received, six children from schools around the City of Parramatta were chosen as winners and presented with a special frame by the Lord Mayor during their school assemblies.
Commander Cannell said the tour was an excellent opportunity for the crew to show the school children some of the systems and equipment Navy’s uses at sea.
“This is something a lot of children their age don’t get to see,” Commander Cannell said.
Winners and their families were treated to various displays depicting life in the Navy. These displays and demonstrations included Weapons and Gunnery, Damage Control, Seamanship and a tour of the ship’s AS350B Squirrel helicopter.
The Lord Mayer, Mr Chedid, said the visit was an opportunity to thank Commander Cannell on behalf of the City of Parramatta for his leadership and the ship’s contribution to the region.
“The International Fleet Review and the Freedom of Entry parade last year were truly momentous occasions that the City of Parramatta will cherish.
“Today I presented the Commanding Officer and Parramatta’s crew with a frame of photos to capture these moments on behalf of our City, and to represent the partnership between the city and the ship.
“The children were thrilled and excited to be on the famous ship, which gives them a sense of belonging.
“We are honoured and grateful for the men and women that serve in the Navy and onboard Parramatta,” Mr Chedid said.
The day ended with the guests enjoying morning tea with in the ship’s Wardroom.
Parramatta is the oldest ship name in the Royal Australian Navy. Today’s ship was commissioned in 2003 and is the fourth one to bear the name. Parramatta was granted the Freedom of Entry to the City of Parramatta on 8 October 2013.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141787.