Monday, August 28, 2006

HMAS PERTH III is Commissioned

The weather was perfect and the commissioning of HMAS Perth III was an event to remember. The Navy band complete with vocalist who sang Advance Australia Fair, We Are Australian and the navy prayer Eternal Father Strong to Save so beautifully. All the traditions of a commissioning were observed and attended by dignitaries of the highest order. The chief of the defence forces was present amongst others. (From Julie - via Lin Drees)
HMAS Perth was commissioned at Fremantle this morning and will be deployed within Australian waters and overseas.
She is the third RAN ship to bear that name. (The FIRST HMAS Perth Died fighting alongside USS Houston in Sunda Strait on March 1, 1942.) "We are extremely proud to join the ranks of Australia's fighting elite and will fulfil our duties in the tradition of those who served on Perth I and II before us", Commander Simon Gregg said. Anzacs are 3600 tonne long-range escorts capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and underwater.They are fitted with radars, omni-directional hull mounted sonar and torpedoes.The ships can travel at speeds faster than 27 knots and have an operational range of more than 6000 nautical miles. Several other Anzac Frigates have been deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of Australia's defence activities in the region.

1 comment:

Allen Crispi said...

I attended the commissioning and was a great event!!