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December 9, 2010
into home territory
crew afterwards was thrilling. Overall
it has been a great experience."
Parramatta Mayor Councillor John
Chedid said it was a special day for a
great city and a great ship.
"Today we honoured the long and
special relationship [between HMAS
Parramatta and the City of Parramatta]
and I was proud to add my name to the
list of lord mayors who have had the
privilege of welcoming the ship's com-
pany in the city," he said.
A small contingent of Parramatta
personnel attended a Naval
Association- and RSL-led memorial
for the anniversary of the WWII sink-
ing of Parramatta II the following day.
The memorial was held at Parramatta
I's stern in the Queens Park Reserve,
CO Parramatta CMDR Heath
Robertson said his ship had a close
A few days later the entire ship's
company travelled down the M4
motorway to conduct a Freedom of
Parramatta locals were treated to
a fantastic display of military tradi-
tion and residents dining at cafes along
Church Street enjoyed the display
of Navy showmanship with swords
drawn, drums beating, bands playing
and colours flying.
The Freedom of Entry is drawn
from a medieval tradition. The City of
Parramatta issued the Freedom of the
City to HMAS Parramatta IV on July
28, 2003. It was last exercised by the
ship in 2006, so for many members
of Parramatta's crew the parade was
a first -- including for SMNBM Riley
"I thought the march went well.
The atmosphere was great and the
townspeople came out and cheered us
on," SMNBM Powell said.
"To mingle with the people and the
SIGNED AND SEALED: HMAS Parramatta's Chief Coxswain CPO Mark
Goulding bears the proclamation granting the ship's company entry into
the City of Parramatta.
GENERATIONS UNITE: The President of the Parramatta Memorial
Sub-Section Naval Association of Australia, Russell Jardine, poses with
LCDR Dean Woodruff, CHAP Jason Wright and SBLT Richard Farrelly
at the HMAS Parramatta II memorial.
bond with the City of Parramatta, as
did previous ships bearing the city's
"Remembering all those men who
have lost their lives in the service of
our country and particularly those who
have served in our namesake ships is
an honour," CMDR Robertson said.
Later a memorial mess dinner host-
ing all but one of Parramatta's previ-
ous COs and XOs, as well as the last
remaining survivor of the sinking of
Parramatta II, was held on board the
ship and marked the end of the com-
munity engagement program.
Harold Moss, an electrical branch
sailor from Parramatta II, visited the
ship early to meet with a number of
leading hands to discuss his wartime
Surviving hours in the water off
Libya following a U-boat attack, he
was one of only 24 survivors of a
"I think it's terrific I get to talk
with the sailors; I'm so pleased I was
asked," Mr Moss said.
"It has been very enlightening
although I think they did more listen-
ing than talking. They were all very
interested in what I had to say."
The close association between Mr
Moss and Parramatta is an important
one for CMDR Robertson.
"Having Harold on board for the
anniversary this year has given us all
a sense of the history that precedes
us and reinforces that we are the cus-
todians of the legacy Harold and his
shipmates forged on board Parramatta
II," CMDR Robertson said.
With the holiday period just around
PAYING TRIBUTE: ABET David Jordan rests on arms during the HMAS
Parramatta II memorial ceremony at Queens Wharf Reserve.
the corner, Parramatta sailors and
officers can rest easy knowing they
have completed a successful deploy-
ment, eased the burden on families
with sick children, enhanced commu-
nity spirit and provided enjoyment to
an old sailor.
MEMENTO: (L-R) CO HMAS
Parramatta CMDR Heath
Robertson, COMAUSFLT RADM
Steve Gilmore, John Byrne and
Parramatta Mayor Councillor John
Chedid with a framed picture of
Parramatta and her crew.
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