HMAS Warramunga Open Day in Melbourne a ‘sell-out’

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author and photographer), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): Station Pier, Melbourne

Topic(s): HMAS Warramunga (F152), Open Day

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga, alongside Station Pier, Melbourne. (photo: LEUT Ryan Zerbe)
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga, alongside Station Pier, Melbourne.

The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Warramunga has visited Melbourne for some crew down time and to hold an open day for the public.

Warramunga’s crew of 185 officers and sailors spent the weekend in Melbourne enjoying some leave, but they still found time to host a public open day on Saturday. Entry, as always, was free but is controlled through a ticketing site in order to regulate numbers and ensure everyone who visits has a chance to see the ship in an orderly manner.

The ship returned in July from her third Middle East Region deployment, where she intercepted approximately $2.17 billion dollars in illegal narcotics over almost nine months.

Commanding Officer HMAS Warramunga, Commander Luke Ryan, said his crew were excited to be in Melbourne and enjoy some respite.

“We have been undertaking a busy series of systems tests following post-deployment maintenance so a weekend break in a city as special as Melbourne is welcomed by the crew.”

Warramunga was built in Melbourne, along with all of Navy’s other frigates, so bringing her back, opening her to the public and sharing her recent operational history is a great feeling.”

“The Navy and Melbourne share a long history, and most of our crew have fond memories of being new sailors in training nearby at HMAS Cerberus on the Mornington Peninsula.”

HMAS Warramunga is an 118 metre long Anzac class frigate, armed with a 5-inch main gun, Evolved Sea Sparrow and Harpoon missiles, torpedoes and 50 calibre machine guns. She is carrying an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and two rigid-hulled inflatable boats.