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March 1, 2012
IT WAS the challenge of the year.
HMAS Parramatta crew members who turned up
on the flight deck for a recent afternoon fitness session
found that instructors CPO Andrew Welsh and LSPT
Kristian Weldon had set them a novel challenge.
They had the class punch out 2012 burpees to
match the current number of years on the calendar.
"It didn't take long for the task of 2012 burpees to
be completed even in the 30-degree heat," CPO Welsh
said.According to the ship's physical trainer, LSPT
Weldon, the crew is fighting fit.
"Parramatta's sports and fitness culture is well
and truly alive during this deployment, with more
than 1500 uses a month of the cardio, weights and self
physical training sessions," LSPT Weldon said.
Both the morning and afternoon classes have prov-
en quite a success. HMAS Parramatta also conducts
daily boarding team and watch-keeper sessions to assist
in maintaining morale during the rigorous defence
BURPEES: Back L-R:
LS Kristian Weldon,
LCDR William Veale,
PO Trent Shaw, AB
Rohan Baber, CPO
Andrew Welsh, LCDR
Rob Thompson, LS
CMDR Guy Blackburn,
PO Kristy Hoffman, LS
Scott Feeney. Front:
LS Amanda McGrath,
AB James Ghent, AB
Ebony Cameron, LS
LCDR Tuan Vo, LS
THE fourth and final patrol of HMAS Parramatta's
Operation Slipper deployment included a logistics visit
to the port of Djibouti, in the north-eastern corner of
the African continent.
HMAS Parramatta engaged with representative
members of the US, France, Germany and Djibouti,
enhancing cooperation in the multinational effort to
promote a safer maritime environment in the region.
The inaugural Australian Ambassador to Djibouti,
Lisa Filipetto, visited HMAS Parramatta, accompanied
by Defence Attaché COL James Davey.
Ms Filipetto had the chance to meet and talk with
the crew during her tour of the ship.
HMAS Parramatta's CO, CMDR Guy Blackburn,
said the ambassador was "a keen proponent for the
ADF and had much praise for the crew of Parramatta
for their hard work and achievements".
In particular, Ms Filipetto cited the recent success
of HMAS Parramatta in the seizure and destruction of
more than 240kg of illegal drugs (see story page 3).
During the visit, Ms Filipetto took delight in pre-
senting Australia Day medallions to ship's company
members CPOSN Kate Alston, CPOATA Simon Carr
and CPOET Luke D'Elton.
Djibouti has been an important logistic node for
HMAS Parramatta since the ship came on station in
mid-October. While in port, HMAS Parramatta was
replenished with more than 2300kg of foodstuffs and
equipment, and 130 cubic metres of fuel to sustain
"This visit allowed us to replenish and it helped
strengthen our multinational relationships," CMDR
HMAS Parramatta will return to Sydney in late
With less than a month left in the MEAO, the ship's company of HMAS Parramatta is looking forward to coming
home and spending time with families. Here's what the ship and her crew have been up to lately.
VISIT: Australia's Ambassador to Djibouti, Lisa
Filipetto, and CMDR Guy Blackburn.
Photo: CPO John Alderton
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