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August 4, 2011
Sydney welcomes US sailors
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Kuttabul savoured a little piece o
US Independence Day euphoria on July
when two US Navy Arleigh Burke-class
guided-missile destroyers berthed for a
few days rest and recovery.
USS McCampbell and USS Fitzgerald
were piloted through busy Sydney Harbour
to their berths by Kuttabul's Port Services
Manager CMDR Gerry Savvakis and other
Fitzgerald's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Dennis Valez, said the American sail-
ors were ecstatic to celebrate Independence
Day in Sydney before joining Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011.
The US ships were accompanied by the
Canadian Navy multi-role patrol frigate
Ottawa provided the RAN with a peek
into the future when Navy commissions the
Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers, which
will be equipped with similar technologies.
By chance, McCampbell berthed near
HMA Ships Parramatta and Ballarat -- all
three warships were moored together at
Singapore's Changi Naval Base for the
International Maritime Defence Exhibition
in May this year.
The visiting US warships opened their
gangways for tours and cocktail parties
while sailors enjoyed some well-deserved
WELCOME: USS Fitzgerald (pictured) and USS
McCampbell docked at Fleet Base East last month
before participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre.
Photos: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
By SBLT Jody Gleeson
HMAS Sydney has a new leader
after CAPT Luke Charles-Jones
took over command from CAPT
Peter Leavy on July 9.
During his farewell speech to the
ship's company, CAPT Leavy, who
spent more than two years at the
helm, said he felt fortunate to have
had a second "drive".
"It is the ship's company that
make commanding Sydney such
a wonderful experience," CAPT
Among CAPT Leavy's highlights
were Sydney's round-the-world trip
as part of Northern Trident 2009
and the firing of SM2 missiles off
the coast of Hawaii during MIDPAC
CAPT Charles-Jones acknowl-
edged the terrific reputation the
ship had developed during CAPT
"Clearly, the ship's company
are proud of this ship and her
achievements, which in no small
way reflects on CAPT Leavy's
leadership and command," CAPT
CAPT Leavy was escorted to an
awaiting police motor launch by the
Executive Officer LCDR Andrew
Maher and the Ship's Warrant
Officer WO Michael Connors,
where he was ceremonially 'rowed'
ashore for the last time.
Leavy farewells Sydney
BON VOYAGE: Outgoing HMAS Sydney Commanding Officer,
CAPT Peter Leavy, farewells the ship's company.
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