Parramatta’s road to refit

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Cameron Taylor (author)

Shortly after departing Devonport, the ashes of Mrs Nora Mary White, ex Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), were scattered at sea during a flight deck service off the coast of Tasmania. (photo: Unknown)
Shortly after departing Devonport, the ashes of Mrs Nora Mary White, ex Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), were scattered at sea during a flight deck service off the coast of Tasmania.

HMAS Parramatta embarked on an important mission in February - the Anti Ship Missile Defence upgrade.

The upgrade will involve a seven month deployment for ship’s company as they transit west and return with HMAS Warramunga in September 2015 to her home at Fleet Base East while Parramatta will remain in upgrade and return to Sydney in 2016.

Enroute to Fleet Base West, Parramatta made a weekend port visit to Devonport, Tasmania to provide an opportunity for the crew to have some recovery and respite prior to commencing the upgrade.

As Parramatta departed Devonport the Mayor of Devonport, Alderman Steve Martin and Divisional Police Inspector, Inspector Shane LeFevre were onboard to observe the transit out of the harbour. The experience was well appreciated by both and served to strengthen the good relationship that already exists between Devonport and the Royal Australian Navy.

Shortly after departing Devonport, the ashes of Mrs Nora Mary White were also scattered at sea during a flight deck service off the coast of Tasmania.  Many of the ship's company attended the service that was lead by Chaplain Jonathan Cox.

Mrs White had enlisted in the Women’s Royal Naval Service on 11 November 1942 and discharged 12 November 1945 after the end of Second World War. Mrs White also volunteered for the Land Army prior to the war and served in the Navy Army Air Force Institute for two years in Hamburg, Germany after the end of the war.

During the transit to Fleet Base West, Parramatta also supported Navy’s training aims by being a host platform for Plan METEOR. This is the second time Parramatta has participated in Plan METEOR, with the first time resulting in eleven Marine Technician Operator qualifications being earned.

Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Daniel Hodgkinson said the training at sea was invaluable.

"It has been a fantastic opportunity to provide hands on training to the students, to supplement the simulator training they have conducted," he said.

"We have also been able to utilise the training to qualify our own Marine Technicians, which is another fantastic outcome for the ship and the Navy."
 
The ship spent two weeks at sea before arriving at Fleet Base West where a crew swap across to HMAS Warramunga will occur. The crew will spend the remainder of their time in the west getting Warramunga ready to return to Fleet Base East where it is to be home ported.