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SUBMARINE CONFERENCE FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2019

 

Up to 400 delegates are expected in Fremantle in November this year to attend the 5th Submarine Science, Technology and Engineering Conference 2019 at the Esplanade Hotel.

SubTEC5 will see people from government and defence agencies come to Fremantle as well as those from the maritime and subsea industries.

The conference is on from November 18-21, 2019.

Fremantle Port was the largest submarine base in the Southern hemisphere during WW II.

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MARITIME MONUMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, navy, north mole, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

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On my daily discovery tours around Fremantle, to see if anything new is happening, I ‘discovered’ this big three-metre high bronze sculpture next to the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

It is stage one of the Australian Sailor Monument, which will be installed on the North Mole at Rouse Head.

It will be the first monument in Australia to recognise all those who discovered, settled, developed and defended our country-“those who go down to the sea in ships.”

The huge artwork, designed by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith will honour Australia’s maritime history.

I still don’t like the idea of having such a significant monument so far out of Fremantle all the way on the North Mole. It would be much better on Victoria Quay as far more people could see it there.

Roel Loopers

NAVY CREW GETS ENTRY TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on March 9, 2019

 

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It is a bit wet in Fremantle this morning, but that of course did not deter the 220 crew of the HMAS Success to parade through the Cappuccino Strip where they were granted Entry to the City by Mayor Brad Pettitt and CEO Phil St John.

Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton, the officer in charge of the Fremantle police station, challenged the crew by standing in the centre of the road holding up his hand to stop them.

Entry to the city is a tradition that goes back to ancient Rome, where it was considered to be the highest honour a city could give a military unit.

The HMAS Success will be decommissioned at Garden Island in June this year after 33 years of service to the Australian Navy.

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AUSTRALIAN NAVY VISITS FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2019

 

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The landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra is at berth behind the Fremantle railway station and other ships are to arrive soon.

The ship at 231 metres long is the largest vessel of the Australian Navy.

This Saturday morning at 9am personnel of the HMAS Success will parade through Fremantle as part of the Freedom of Entry tradition. It will be at Kings Square so come and have a look!

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A BIG AND COLD SHIRASE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2018

 

 

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The Shirase is in Fremantle, but before you Freo drunks get excited about the Japanese Grange Hermitage that you haven’t tried yet, it is not a wine but an icebreaker. ; >)

The SHIRASE(AGB-5003) was commissioned in 2009 and was named after Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, who was a pioneer of Antarctic exploration.

Konichiwa!

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BRITISH HMS SUTHERLAND IN FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on February 17, 2018

 

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The British frigate HMS Sutherland arrived in Fremantle Port on Thursday morning with all guns blazing.

We were surprised at the Roundhouse to unexpectedly hear the salute, which is a 16th century tradition when war ships entered foreign ports. It was to show that they had emptied all their guns and were no threat.

The HMS Sutherland is the first British navy ship to visit Australia in five years. It is a type 23 frigate and the 13th ship in the Duke class.

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GREAT NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle port, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2017

 

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The Royal Australian Navy has announced a massive new monument and tourist attraction for Fremantle.

The $ 2 million Sailor monument, that will be placed on the North Mole of Fremantle Port, will have a large 3.6 metre high bronze sculpture of a sailor, plus ten granite walls full of navy history.

What a timely and brilliant addition for Fremantle during a time of the greatest transformation of our city!

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VOTE ROLE FOR CITY WARD!

VISIT INDIAN NAVY VESSELS IN FREO PORT

Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, navy, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2017

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If you picked up the smell of yummy curry in the West End of Fremantle today it is probably due to three Indian navy vessels entering the port. ; >)

They will be open to the public, tomorrow Wednesday June 14 from 10 am to 4 pm, so go and say G’Day!

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FREMANTLE PORT AND RAIL

Posted in fremantle, fremantle port, navy, public transport by freoview on March 14, 2017

 

It’s always an interesting view point to see a ship at berth in port straight behind the Fremantle railway station.

This one is the Canberra class amphibious assault ship and landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide.

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SPANISH ARMADA IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, navy by freoview on February 22, 2017

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The unusual sight of two Spanish navy ships in Fremantle port attracted a few people this afternoon.

The Dutchy in me always thinks of the Spanish Armada and remembers the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands a trillion years ago, so I blame my history teacher for the trauma. ; >)

I don’t know what WELCOME in Spanish is, but I hope to see a lot of the sailors at the Roundhouse on Thursday when I am on volunteer guide duty.

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