Geraldton strikes historic homeport partnership with Navy ship

Published on Thursday, 28 October 2021 at 3:52:29 PM

Navy NUSHIP Stalwart
Picture Caption: L-R; Lieutenant Laura Frayling, Able Seaman Jaimee Thomson, Mid West Ports Acting CEO Damian Tully, City CEO Ross McKim, Mayor Shane Van Styn, Commander Steve McCracken and Warrant Officer Sean Ellerton.

Greater Geraldton has been confirmed as the official Ceremonial Homeport of the Navy’s NUSHIP Stalwart with the establishment of a historic enduring partnership.

As one of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ships, the relationship is soon to be formally recognised between the City of Greater Geraldton, Stalwart and the Yamatji Peoples.

The lasting partnership between Geraldton and the ship will be enduring and link in with the region’s significant naval history and present a number of opportunities for engagement with the community.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the partnership presents ongoing outcomes for the community along with strengthening the relationship between the City and the Navy.

“This partnership is a historical occasion for Greater Geraldton and we take pride in being named a Ceremonial Homeport for Stalwart,” he said.

“Given our rich naval history, it is a privilege to strengthen our ties with the Navy and create a life-long bond with Stalwart and its personnel.

“We look forward to working closely with the Navy to foster meaningful outcomes and deliver some exciting engagement opportunities with our community.”

The ceremonial commissioning of Stalwart will take place at HMAS Stirling Naval Base later this year, where the official announcement of Geraldton as the Ceremonial Homeport will be made.

Once commissioned, Stalwart will plan a journey to Geraldton.

As part of the partnership, Stalwart and her crew hope to routinely visit Geraldton so the crew can engage with the community through open days, supporting local events and programs.

More information:

  • NUSHIP Stalwart(III) is the second and final Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia.
  • The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.
  • More information regarding the ship can be found at https://www.navy.gov.au/nuship-stalwart-iii

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