It’s not often you get to brush shoulders with royalty, however, the ship’s company of HMAS Darwin was recently tasked with a very royal mission.
His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, was in Sydney to promote the 500 day countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and Darwin,as the first lady of the fleet, had a front row seat.
Providing a fitting backdrop to what has become an important part of rehabilitation of wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen, the ship positioned in Sydney Harbour off Fort Dennison, next to Admiralty House where the lunch event took place.
Despite shipside grey weather, the crew of Darwin were thrilled to participate in any way possible.
Darwin’s bridge provided a suitable vantage point for viewing the announcement and it was packed with sailors from all rates vying for a glimpse of the Prince.
”As a Marine Technician, I don’t normally come up to the bridge a whole lot but it’s a great opportunity for Darwin to play her part in supporting Invictus,” Able Seaman Matthew Peterson said.
The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service men and women.
The first games, hosted in London, were launched by Prince Harry in 2014 and have since travelled around the globe to Orlando, USA and will be held in Torronto, Canada, later in 2017.
Seaman Maritime Logistics – Support Operations Tess Connell said it was great to be a part of a team that was so supportive.
“Being a member of Darwin is much more than just us a crew. Supporting causes like Invictus is really important and I’m glad to play a part in that,” she said.
Navy members are being encouraged to nominate for the Sydney Games, to ensure a strong turnout from the home side.
For more information about the Invictus games, visit https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/games