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October 27, 2011
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Kuttabul opened its gangway
for Navy Week recently, allowing the
public to join the RAN's centenary
Kuttabul's open day on October 9
featured public tours of HMA Ships
Anzac, Ballarat, Darwin and Melbourne,
as well as demonstrations by the Navy
cooks, performances by the RAN Band
and the clearance divers' noughts and
The sailors relished the opportunity
to tell visitors about the Navy lifestyle
and a range of other topics, including
recruiting opportunities and sea deploy-
Melbourne's ABBM James Walker
described the open day as a huge suc-
"This is my first open day and I am
really impressed by all the positive feed-
back from the public," he said.
LSCSO Jake Veldums greeted visi-
tors to Anzac and answered numerous
questions about how the Navy does its
job in times of war and peace.
"A lot of the visitors were genuinely
curious about what Navy does, such as
peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance,
disaster relief and anti-piracy patrols,"
The public fascination with the his-
tory and traditions of the RAN saw bus
loads of people ferried between the main
wharf and the RAN Heritage Centre
where they viewed relics of great his-
CPO Brett Meldrum said the feast
whipped up by the cooks helped the
public to understand more about service
conditions in the Navy.
"The food was very popular and
many people were surprised at how
good it was," he said.
Kuttabul's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Christine Clarke, said more than
4400 people attended the event.
"The open day was a great team
effort," she said.
"It provided a great opportunity to
engage with the community and dem-
onstrate Navy capabilities to potential
PUBLIC INSIGHT: Members of the pub-
lic flocked to Fleet Base East at Garden
Island, Sydney, during the recent open
day where HMAS Melbourne, pictured,
was one of the stars.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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