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-- CPOET Clinton Metcalf,
LHD Training Facility
I think the IFR has been very successful. We had about 30,000
people come through Garden Island during the open day and they
were grateful for the opportunity and very supportive of the RAN.
SGT Dave Morley
"VISITING Sydney is one of my
dreams come true," said PO Uttam
Kushwaha, a gun maintainer in INS
Sahyadri, the Indian Navy's newest
"It is one of the most beautiful cit-
ies I have ever visited," he said.
"I really enjoyed the way we were
PO Kushwaha and his men were
responsible for illuminating the ship
just before its arrival in Sydney.
"Before coming to the IFR we
made sure that we did not miss any-
thing required to make the IFR a
memorable one," he said.
"We travelled about 7000 miles
without any problem, which shows
the standard of our preparation."
Surface-to-air missile control
officer LEUT Pramendra Yadav said
it was a good experience working
with the RAN.
"The interoperability between
both the navies was good," he said.
"In fact, the work culture seemed
to be quite similar.
"Various exercises conducted at
Jervis Bay and en route from Jervis
Bay to Sydney proved it."
LEUT Yadav said it was a nice
experience to see such a big event and
to be involved in it.
"All officers, as well as the men,
are very excited and enthusiastic
about being a part of it," he said.
"The warm welcome and hospital-
ity shown by the people of Australia
made us feel special."
Barak operator LSRCI Sunil Rana
said there were many things he learnt
on the long voyage to Sydney.
"Things like working on rough
seas, to be on my toes while on a long
deployment and interaction with other
navies," he said.
"The interaction with some of the
officers of the Australian Navy was
"Then the boarding exercise with
the Chinese ship was a learning expe-
rience for us."
Sahyadri, a 6361-tonne multipur-
pose command and control platform,
was commissioned on July 21, 2012.
Her name comes from the moun-
tain range that protected the west
coast of India from sea invasions
going back 1800 years.
SGT Dave Morley
ONE ship that travelled the furthest to
attend IFR was also one of the newest.
HMS Daring left Portsmouth in
May for her long voyage to Australia.
Lynx observer LEUT Alex
Tuckwood said preparations for the
IFR had been ship-wide.
"Every sailor has been a valu-
able part of the team working together
towards making Daring ready for the
entry into Sydney Harbour," he said.
"The ship's company are extremely
excited to be part of the IFR, a truly
"It's rare for the Royal Navy to
travel to this part of the world so we've
taken every opportunity available to
strengthen our ties with Australia and
LEUT Tuckwood said working
with the RAN, and the Fleet Air Arm
in particular, had been great.
"We disembarked the Lynx to
HMAS Albatross where 816SQN were
great hosts, and took the time to show
us some flying in the Tianjara Flying
Area -- definitely not your average day
in the RN," he said.
Weapon engineer PO Roy Fenwick
said the crew had loved all the stops
along the way.
"It was very different from last year
when we were in the Gulf," he said.
"It's like Trafalgar 200 all over
LS(Sea) Katharine Marsh, a lead-
ing seamanship specialist and sea sur-
vival equipment supervisor, said the
IFR was worth the long period away
"We've been working towards it for
a long time and Sydney is a place the
majority of people would love to say
they've been to," she said.
"We recently underwent a mainte-
nance period in Melbourne to ensure
the reputation of the Royal Navy was
kept high in our presentation during
LS Marsh said she had met new
people and made some good friends
as well as bettering herself in her
"I've certainly seen parts of the
world I never thought I'd get to," she
said.Daring is the first of the Royal
Navy's six Type 45 destroyers, displac-
ing 8000 tonnes and having a comple-
ment of 190.
Chance to see
STAND PROUD: Indian sailors PO Uttam Kushwaha, LEUT Pramendra
Yadav and LS Sunil Rana on board INS Sahyadri. Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
RARE VISIT: HMS Daring leads HMNZS Te Mana and INS Sahyadri into Sydney Harbour for the IFR (above).
PO Roy Fenwick, LEUT Alex Tuckwood and LS Katherine Marsh (inset). Photos: LSIS Helen Frank and ABCIS Kayla Hayes
THOUSANDS of curious visitors
flocked to the Royal Thai Navy's
HTMS Krabi during warship open
days on Garden Island to get a glimpse
of life in the Thai Navy.
CO Krabi CMDR Jirawat
Apipattarachat Wong said this was the
offshore patrol vessel's first visit to
Sydney since the 2000-tonne warship
was launched in 2011.
"It is a very exciting time for my
crew of 191 to be in Sydney for the
IFR," he said.
CMDR Jirawat said his ship
had sailed more than 4000km from
Bangkok to Sydney, and would cir-
cumnavigate Australia, making numer-
ous ports visits, before returning home.
He said it was a great honour to be
invited to the IFR, as he had served
with ADF peacekeepers in Timor-
Leste during Interfet.
CMDR Jirawat said the River-class
Krabi featured UK-designed fire con-
trol and surveillance radars and com-
GOOD VIEW: CO HTMS Krabi CMDR Jirawat Apipattarachat Wong
admires the Sydney skyline from the deck of his ship during the IFR.
Photo: LSIS James Whittle
bat system, as well as a Super-Lynx
"We are a very capable offshore
patrol vessel that was specifically
designed to patrol Thailand's extensive
economic exclusion zone, as well as
fisheries protection and disaster relief
operations," he said.
He joined the Navy because he
grew up near the sea and liked the
challenge and rewards of a career in
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