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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 25 into a world of the unknown, never experienced before, with Gucci and Prada and street vendors approaching every corner and every angle looking to make a sale. Noting that shopping can be 24 hours a day it had to be pushed aside to enjoy the hidden treasures of the tourist tunnel which begins at the Bund and takes you under the river to a newly developed Shanghai. After a full day of adventure getting home was made easy with our pre made cards that enabled the taxi driver to take us back to the ship safe and sound. The excitement spread beyond Shanghai with half of the ship’s company venturing to Beijing. Here they walked the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and brought home memories that they will keep forever. HANGER DOOR REPAIRS HONG KONG Hong Kong- SBLT Michaela Nicol After a five day transit from Singapore, HMAS PARRAMATTA saw its first in-company port visit with HMAS PERTH when we reached Hong Kong. Both ships were at the buoy in the heart of Hong Kong Harbour, providing a spectacular view not only for the Ship’s company but also for the locals. With the liberty boats providing shuttles into Fenwick Pier, the wonders of Hong Kong were only a short walk or taxi ride away. Personnel took advantage of the many and varied activities Hong Kong had to offer, with visits to Disneyland, Ocean Park and Macau Bungy Jump high on the list of things to do. The tram up to the Peak provided many with fantastic views of Hong Kong, especially the famous nightly Hong Kong Laser show involving the city skyscrapers. A trip to the Happy valley Races further provided a wonderful night, showing the high regard in which Hong Kong holds horse racing. The shopping experiences in Hong Kong were second to none, with variety ranging from electronic goods to tailor made suits (completed within two days), and everything in between. The various markets provided a plethora of bargains, with “genuine copy” products in abundance. The visit was not without drama, with PARRAMATTA having to embark an Isuzu truck onto the flight deck in order to rectify a defect with the hanger door. This was definitely one of the most interesting, and understandably challenging pieces of equipment to embark onto the ship. It required an exceptionally large crane lighter to be utilised to position the truck on the flight deck. For the personnel of HMA Ships PARRAMATTA and PERTH, Hong Kong provided an array of experiences, both social and cultural, which will remain with all for many years to come. Shanghai- ABMEd Ben Sloan Coming along the wharf in Shanghai, there was a feeling of excitement as we took in the spectacular skyline in particular the Pearl of Shanghai with its futuristic architecture. We felt lucky for this opportunity to be ensconced by the real sounds and sights of China. As the sun set the real mood of Shanghai evolved. Dining choices were many however a top class meal was enjoyed at ‘M on the Bund’ which is one of Shanghai’s top restaurants taking in its views of the water and the bright city lights. After a satisfying meal, fit for kings and wine aplenty, we retired to the Glamour Bar and listened to the jazz tunes of the Royal Australian Navy Band. The atmosphere was classy yet relaxed and conversation flowed as freely as the cocktails. The night still young, the crowd moved to the Bar Rouge where people put on their dancing shoes As day broke with humidity rising, groups set out on bikes and on foot to explore local streets and markets eager to spend. The streets opened up LCDR COLEMAN AND LEUT NAGLE AT THE WELCOMING CEREMONY IN vLADIvOSTIK Vladivostok- ABMUSN Cameron McAllistar After spending time ashore in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai; vladivostok, home to the Russian Pacific Fleet, to our sailors seemed almost a frontier town in some aspects, a little outpost of Europe perched on the western shores of the Pacific. The only great similarity shared by all these ports was the busy schedule they presented to everybody in the Supply Department of PARRAMATTA. Commitments included a trip to an orphanage, a whirlwind tour of our host ship Marshal Shaposhnikov (a Udaloy DDGHM destroyer) and a Cocktail Party hosted by PARRAMATTA and attended by the Governor of Primorskiy, victor Gorchakov. At the orphanage all who attended were struck by the Sasebo- PoWTR Hotschilt PARRAMATTA undertook a port visit to Sasebo in order to rectify a serious issue with the main propulsion. This required divers to inspect the hull of the ship and remove any foreign objects that may have caused obstruction. As this was not planned, it was necessary to gain entry to the port under the auspices of the United Nations. After intense negotiations, agreement was reached with the Japanese Government and the ship proceeded alongside. On arrival, leave was granted to personnel to allow them to explore the local US Base and surrounding township. This gave a large number of the crew their first taste of Japan after a very different experience in other asian countries. The US Base provided comprehensive recreation, shopping, and dining facilities. The majority of the crew made full use of them and some personnel onboard explored the local town to sample the Japanese culture. The defect was rectified in a timely manner and the ship was underway again less than a day after coming alongside. This was essential to reduce the impact on the program which was strict due to the limitations of adjusting diplomatic clearances.