HMSA Stalwart
The Governor as Reviewing Officer inspects the HMAS Stalwart’s Commissioning Guard.

Attending the commissioning of HMAS Stalwart

The Governor was honoured to attend the commissioning of the HMAS Stalwart, the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship.

Stalwart is the second of two new supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships built for the Navy and will be homeported at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA. Her counterpart HMAS Supply is operating from Fleet Base East in Sydney.

The Supply Class AORs’ primary role is to provide logistics replenishment to naval combat units while at sea.

Photo – The Ship’s Company of HMAS Stalwart stand at attention of a ceremony to commission the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment into service.

The City of Geraldton will be HMAS Stalwart’s ceremonial homeport. This relationship formalises a partnership between the ship and the City of Greater Geraldton and the Yamatji People.

Photo – The Governor with HMAS Stalwart’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve McCracken, talk following the ship’s commissioning ceremony.

“HMAS Stalwart as the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship, carries forward great history with its motto – “heart of oak” – a song constituting the official march of the Royal Navy, first played in 1760. Further, Stalwart conveys great history by way of two previous ships bearing the same name,” the Governor said.

“We trust the crew of our newest ship will carry forward the tremendous professionalism of their predecessors. We trust that this ship will serve our nation most proud.”

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