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THE RAN celebrated its 100th birthday with
the wider Navy community during 'Top
End Navy Week' which coincided with the
conclusion of Exercise Talisman Sabre 11.
The 'stone frigate', HMAS Coonawarra, and the
upgraded FFG, HMAS Darwin, opened their gang-
ways to thousands of people of the Top End on a warm
dry season Sunday.
Navy Week featured performances throughout the
week by the Navy contingent of Australia's Federation
Guard Precision Drill Team, which dazzled the public
with their weapon handling and marching.
Visitors to Darwin's famous Mindil Beach Markets
on the Thursday night were treated to two displays that
left the public wanting more and created a great buzz
of things to come.
But the show stopper was the Freedom of Entry on
July 30 conducted by hundreds of sailors from Darwin
Decked out in their ceremonial white uniforms, the
Navy men and women proudly marched through the
city to the applause of the public.
The events throughout the week all built momen-
tum towards Darwin and Coonawarra's open day.
The open day featured slick performances by the
Precision Drill Team, the Australian Army Band --
Darwin, ship tours, helicopter winching displays, a
boarding party demonstration, ship engineering, weap-
ons and several static displays for internal and support
Commanding Officer Coonawarra, CMDR Richard
Donnelly, said it was a fantastic opportunity for Navy
personnel to provide Northern Territory residents with
a behind-the-scenes look at the RAN.
"The open day allowed Coonawara to showcase
Navy's dedicated personnel and warships and provided
sailors with a great opportunity to enhance public
understanding of Navy's valuable contribution to
national defence, including border protection," he said.
"The sailors relished the opportunity to tell visitors
about the Navy lifestyle and a range of other topics
including recruiting opportunities and deployments."
Commanding Officer Darwin, CMDR David
Mann, said his crew thoroughly enjoyed the port visit
and the opportunity to support Navy Week. Darwin's
ship's company was particularly proud to show off
their upgraded FFG to the public.
"The men and women aboard are proud of the ship
and the work they do, which is why there is no better
way to showcase this to the public than via the open
day," he said.
Navy stakes its territory
HMA Ships Darwin and
a chance to showcase
Navy at the Northern
Territory Navy Week.
Michael Brooke reports.
PROUD MOMENT: The crew of HMAS Darwin march through the
streets of Darwin during the Freedom of Entry parade and, inset, the
Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Richard Donnelly,
and Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin, CMDR David Mann (both
centre) enjoy the moment with CPONPC Frank Ritchie and CPONPC
Photos: ABIS James Whittle
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