Embassy staff wowed by warship visit
Staff members and their families from the Australian Embassy in Manila, Philippines had the unique opportunity to visit HMAS Hobart while the ship was docked for Indo-Pacific Endeavor 22.
More than 50 people attended the tour, which included a helicopter, a weapons display and an explanation of how crews handle firefighting on the ship.
Australia’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Ms Hae Kyong Yu, said visiting the ship filled her with a sense of pride.
“My family was over the moon to get on board a Royal Australian Navy vessel and have the captain explain the different elements,” Ms Yu said.
“It was great to see firsthand what our ships are capable of and how we can help ensure a peaceful Indo-Pacific region.”
Hobart Flying Commander Lieutenant Commander Thomas Craig was part of the crew showing families the on-board helicopter.
“It was rewarding to show people the work we do every day with the capabilities we work hard to sustain,” said Lieutenant Commander Craig.
James Yeomans, Counselor for Political, Economic and Public Affairs at the Australian Embassy, was present during the tour.
“We often hear when a ship is in port, but having the opportunity to see it first hand is a wonderful opportunity and helps us do our job,” Mr Yeomans said.
“The wider embassy community really appreciates the chance to be here. Thanks to the ship and its crew.
HMA ships Hobart and Vigorous will depart for Tokyo, Japan as the next country on the Indo-Pacific Endeavor 22.
The activity includes five ships, 11 helicopters and nearly 1,800 personnel, engaging with 14 countries from September 26 and returning to Australia in mid-December.