Western Australians will be welcomed aboard HMAS Stirling at Garden Island in Rockingham on 2 November 2019 for the Royal Australian Navy’s 11th annual Port of Fremantle Maritime Day.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said visitors will experience first-hand the activities that take place at Australia’s largest naval base at Garden Island.
“As an island nation, the Royal Australian Navy plays a vital role in maritime security and the protection of Australia’s national interests,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Events such as this gives Navy the opportunity to showcase the wide range of professions that its members are engaged in on a daily basis.”
As well as a number of static and interactive displays, the public will be able to view a Collins Class submarine which will be berthed in Fremantle harbour for the day.
Minister Reynolds said Navy’s presence at Maritime Day continues a strong historical relationship between the port city and Navy.
“Fremantle played home to more than 150 allied submarines at various stages of the Second World War, as well as a number of warships and support craft,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Fremantle continues to play a significant role in Australian trade and other maritime activities with more than 34-million tonnes of cargo moving through the port every year.”
The family orientated day will feature up to 90 displays from a number of organisations and community groups and is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors.