Gascoyne scales new heights forging friendships

Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Location(s): Mount Noro, Japan

Topic(s): HMAS Gascoyne (M85)

The combined mountain climb team from HMAS Gascoyne and JMSDF Yugeshima. (photo: LEUT Tony Martin)
The combined mountain climb team from HMAS Gascoyne and JMSDF Yugeshima.

The crew from RAN Minehunter HMAS Gascoyne have demonstrated endurance and fitness joining with a team from host Ship JMSDF Yugeshima to climb Mount Noro in Kure Prefecture Japan.

The Gascoyne team, led by Sub Lieutenant Daniel Watson, tackled the challenge with a goal to reach the summit in time to view the setting sun.

“It was a steep climb that put a bit of pressure on us to get to the top in time,” said SBLT Watson.

A positive aspect of the climb was the continuing enhancement of the friendship fostered with the JMSDF. The host ship team from Yugeshima provided enthusiastic encouragement to the Gascoyne team and set the pace for the uphill hike.

For Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jordan Bunder, it was the best way to complete his time visiting Kure.

“I have had so much fun, soaking up the culture and enjoying the company of the Yugeshima team.

“Having the opportunity to climb the mountain and catch the view at sunset will be something I will never forget,” said LS Bunder.

Both teams completed the journey in less than four hours. The JMSDF team had set a solid pace and the Gascoyne crew accepted the challenge.

“We have a great fitness routine onboard and it paid off with our ability to match the pace set by Yugeshima,” said SBLT Watson.

HMAS Gascoyne was visiting Kure in Japan prior to joining with sister ship HMAS Huon to take part in a Tri-lateral Mine Warfare Exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Défense Force and the United States Navy.