Navy’s newest ship opened to visitors

HMAS Sydney opened the gangway to more than 1600 visitors during a recent port visit to Fremantle.

CAPTION: HMAS Sydney crew members teach visitors about the ship during an open day. Story by Lieutenant Samantha Robson. All photos by Tyson Burraston.

Visitors came to see one of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest and most advanced warships during its first visit to Western Australia.

The crew of Sydney were proud to show off their ship, with locals taking the opportunity to tour the ship, and gain hands-on experience with damage-control and small-arms displays on the flight deck.

CAPTION: HMAS Sydney crew members engage with the community during the open day.

Leading Seaman Frankie Genai said it is a privilege “to share with the public who we are, what we do and how we do it”.

It wasn’t just the public that got a rare glimpse into life on board Sydney, with more than 20 potential recruits who have begun the process to enlist in the RAN also onboard.

Sydney’s sailors and officers were more than willing to share their experiences with these young men and women looking to serve.

CAPTION: HMAS Sydney crew members help a visitor put on gear during the open day.

Midshipman Turnour provided some sound advice to potential recruits and officer cadets.

“It wasn’t long ago that I too was wondering if I should join and what it would be like so I was more than happy to give some insight,” Midshipman Turnour said.

“And not everyone knows what it is like to be inside a warship or understand the life of a Navy officer or sailor so this is a fantastic opportunity to give my point of view.”

HMAS Sydney heads to Albany next to take part in the city’s third annual Maritime Festival, followed by Adelaide where it will once again open the gangway to the public.

CAPTION: Visitors aboard HMAS Sydney during the open day in Fremantle Port, WA.






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2 thoughts on “Navy’s newest ship opened to visitors

  • 03/07/2023 at 12:00 pm

    “Open to visitors” might be a misleading description.
    I did a daytime tour of HMAS Duchess in the 1970s and everything was either locked or guarded by a sailor – with a rifle.
    I made myself known to an officer and presented my ID in the hope that, in the spirit of a one-concept ADF, I might at least have been offered a drink. I had a higher security rating than most of the crew and a commission but that didn’t seem to matter to the bloke I spoke to.
    I didn’t bother staying long. The RAAF always treated us well but not the ‘senile service’.

  • 02/07/2023 at 5:23 pm

    I trust they will run a full debug of the ship to ensure no `devices were left to eaves drop on crew command and control activities?


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