Twenty six thousand locals spent a beautiful Spring day at the Port of Fremantle experiencing the sights, sounds and taste of all things maritime on 8 November. The annual Maritime Day at Fremantle Port hosted 45 organisations with stalls, demonstrations and ships open to visitors.
Two of those ships this year were HMAS Arunta and HMNZS Te Kaha. Both ships allowing the public to view the hangar, operations room, wardroom and forecastle.
The opportunity to show people their home away from home was a great source of pride for Able Seaman Kain Caddy.
"People are grateful and more often the highlight has been the operations room, where I work.
"It's pretty cool that people think what I do every day is so interesting," Able Seaman Caddy said.
And on the wharf also, sailors demonstrated their expertise in weapons, combat survivability, clearance diving and bomb disposal, medical assistance and cookery. A particular highlight was the 'cook-off' between Navy chefs and Fremantle Port personnel. Judged by the Harbour Master of Fremantle Ports, Captain Allan Gray, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Angela Bond, and local restaurateurs, the winning dish was awarded to the Navy team.
The fierce battle in the kitchen between Fremantle Ports and HMAS Stirling chefs underlies an important relationship said Captain Bond.
"Navy regularly has ships in Fremantle, we utilise waters controlled by Fremantle Ports and we have a closer relationship due to shipping in general and we regularly provide support to each and we are able to provide colour and expertise to a number of exhibits," she said.
The event, in its sixth year, was bigger and better than ever said Captain Bond.
"It is important to maintain a healthy relationship with the public as the Navy needs community support, our people need community support, and the community needs to know we're part of them."
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143457.