Students farewell HMAS Darwin
On Wednesday 1 November Darwin High School students welcomed the HMAS Darwin as it sailed into Darwin for the last time.
HMAS Darwin is a long-range escort frigate that undertakes roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship is capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and sub-surface. HMAS Darwin has been deployed to the Middle East region seven times (see table below). Darwin has also deployed to East Timor (Timor-Leste) in 1999 and was involved in operations in the Solomon Islands in 2001.
After more than thirty-three years of service and having sailed over a million nautical miles around the globe, HMAS Darwin will be decommissioned in December 2017 and an invitation was extended to Darwin High School to attend its arrival. Year 11 students Troy Mumford, Peregrine Riggs and Tate Bawden-Hill represented Darwin High School at the event.
The farewell event included a traditional gun salute on the HMAS Darwin's entry to the harbor, an Air Force flyover, and a performance by the Royal Australian Navy Band and indigenous dancers.
Darwin High School Defence Mentor, Michael Rule said
A big thank you to the students, they were fantastic ambassadors for Darwin High School and demonstrated their commendable leadership throughout the day, most notably by wearing the school blazer in the heat of the build up.