The Royal Australian Navy’s minehunter vessel HMAS Diamantina (II) has arrived in Hobart for the 186th Royal Hobart Regatta.
“Our Navy people are a significant part of the Tasmanian community. Our officers and sailors are excited to be part of this event and demonstrate Navy’s connection with the people of Hobart," said Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, Commander of the Australian Fleet.
"It’s also an incredible opportunity for the crew to showcase one of the Navy’s most sophisticated vessels. Hobart has a long and proud military history, and we look forward to again supporting this great event.”
This year Diamantina will berth at Princes Wharf No. 1 on 9 February before proceeding to anchor in the River Derwent to provide a majestic backdrop for the Regatta on Sunday.
The ship’s company will support activities ashore, as well as afloat, including ship tours, sporting events and an official reception.
“It’s an honour to be the commanding officer of the flagship for this year’s Regatta, the crew and I are energised to engage with the Tasmanian community,” said Lieutenant Commander Georgina Rae-Martin, Commanding Officer of HMAS Diamantina.
“With three of my crew having joined the Navy from Tasmania, it’s an even more exciting time to be here. They are looking forward to visiting their home state.”