Recently, 80 personnel, including 68 cadets and staff, from the Indonesian Sail Training Ship KRI Dewaruci visited HMAS Sydney, while both ships were berthed alongside Victoria Quay in Fremantle.
During their time on board Sydney, Dewaruci’s personnel were treated to morning tea and a short presentation on Sydney’s capabilities and the proud history shared by Sydneys (I), (II), (III) and (IV). After morning tea, Dewaruci’s personnel were given a tour of Sydney by a combination of Sydney’s officers and sailors. At the completion of the ship’s tour, personnel from both vessels mustered on Sydney’s flight deck where Sydney’s Commanding Officer and Dewaruci’s Cadet Training Officer, LT CDR Arief, exchanged gifts.
Sydney and Dewaruci were at Victoria Quay in Fremantle to support Fremantle’s ‘Celebrate Maritime Day’ on 31 August. Both vessels were open to the public and were visited by over three thousand members of the public who were eager to catch a glimpse of naval life.
Both vessels also provided entertainment to spectators through static and dynamic displays, along with additional entertainment being delivered by marching bands from Dewaruci, the Australian Naval Reserves and Australian Navy Cadets.
Dewaruchi is a Barquentine type tall ship who will soon return to Indonesia. Sydney is enroute to Fleet Base East to return to family and friends after a four and a half month North East Asian deployment.