Approximately 250 family and friends of HMAS Warramunga's crew recently joined them onboard for a half day ‘at sea experience’ in Cockburn Sound, WA.
With Warramunga having only just returned to Fleet Base West following a three month deployment, the family and friends sea day provided the ‘sea riders’ with the opportunity to see their loved ones operate in the environment that they had lived and breathed non stop for the previous three months.
Despite the grey sky and inclement weather, nothing could dampen the smiles on the guest's faces as they were treated to a variety of activities onboard.
A simulated fast boat attack was conducted with Warramunga's crew successfully repelling it through while firing blank ammunition from the 12.7mm machine guns and F88 Austeyr rifles.
A fire fighting demonstration, high speed tactical manoeuvring and a ‘crash stop astern’ were also conducted.
A BBQ lunch served out of the ship’s galley was enjoyed by all.
Time was taken to present Certificates of Recognition signed by Warramunga's Commanding Officer, Commander David Tietzel, to the families. The certificates acknowledged the perseverance of the children on the home front during their Dad or Mum's deployment with the Australian Defence Force on Operation RESOLUTE.
CMDR Tietzel said the day was a great success and a real opportunity for the families and friends to see what the crew get up to on a daily basis.
“We often disappear over the horizon from our families and friends, and it is hard to explain to them exactly what it is we do,” he said.
“Days like this are a rare opportunity for us to include the support network that allows us all to do our job.
“Without the support of our families and friends, our job would be impossible,” he said.
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