February 12, 2019 – HMAS Choules spent a busy weekend in Hobart, proudly representing the Royal Australian Navy as the Flag Ship for the Royal Hobart Regatta and opening her gangway to the public.
The open day saw around 2000 people explore the amphibious Landing Ship Dock on Saturday.
People young and old took the opportunity to explore the ship’s dock and embarked naval flight and take in Army and amphibious displays. Many also sat in the Captain’s chair on the Bridge and tried on damage control equipment.
Fifteen-year-old Ashley Hayes from Hobart is a Navy Cadet with Training Ship Derwent and is interested in a career in the Navy. She attended the open ship to learn more about the career options available to her.
“I’ve come on board to learn about the different parts of the ship and the different jobs on board. I’m considering being a Boatswain’s Mate,” she said.
Her mother Jodie Hayes said the whole family enjoyed the experience.
“You don’t realize how big and high Choules is until you get onboard,” Hayes said.
“It’s fantastic, we love these open days, they are so informative,” she said.
On Sunday, Choules anchored in the Derwent River where she proudly served as Flag Ship for the Royal Hobart Regatta.
Over the course of the day the ship welcomed aboard Navy Cadets, sent a team ashore to participate in a tug-o-war competition, and was backlit by a fireworks display marking the end of the annual Regatta.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan said the warship was pleased to be continuing Navy’s long-held relationship with the people of Tasmania.
“The Ship’s Company and I were proud to visit the city of Hobart and enjoyed engaging with the local community over the weekend.”
“Navy has a strong historical connection to Hobart and the state of Tasmania and it was terrific to celebrate the Royal Hobart Regatta and Navy Week Tasmania with the community,” Commander Houlihan said.