So, scurrying for ideas for my Monday scrawl, I read through Tuna's post, entitled Jets and Sunset. I thought to my self "Well....I've got some of those. I'll just do a Part 2."
|Jet and Sunset. Jet is just above the ridge line right center. Sidney Harbor Bridge just above ridgeline near the setting sun. Taken from rear of Solstice as we sailed out of Syndey Harbor.|
Being ever so resourceful, I reach deep into my clue bag and find the next best thing. While I don't have any actual destroyers, I did manage to capture images of some ships our English speaking friends from the Southern Hemisphere sail.
The first time we saw her was on a water taxi from Watson's Bay to Circular Quay. The taxi made a stop at the pier seen just in front of Sydney's bow in the picture above. From that perspective, she looked fairly large and I wondered what kind of ship she was. According to the source of all completely verified knowledge, HMAS Sydney is an Adelaide class Guided-Missile frigate. She was constructed in the US based on the Oliver Hazard Perry Class frigates. Commissioned in 1983, She participated in both the 1990 and 2001 Persian Gulf Festivities and unbeknownst to me, she was decommissioned on 7 November 2015, 5 days after this picture was taken.
HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide
|HMAS Canberra (L) HMAS Adelaide (R)|
Also, interesting in a Down Under sort of way, Canberra is the first of the two to be commissioned, but her pennant number is L02. Adelaide is expected to be commissioned this December, but her pennant number is L01.
You know Navies and their traditions. Evidently, because the prior HMAS Adelaide, a Frigate, had pennant number 01, subsequent ships with that name would have the same number.
Anyhoo, (to quote a Rhode Islander we all know), the ships will carry 8 helicopters in a standard load, but can carry up to 18. They can be loaded with 110 vehicles and over a thousand troops.
HMNZS Te Kaha
|Taken from the Restaurant on Solstice, Deck 14.|
HMNS Te Kaha is one of ten ANZAC class Frigates and one of two serving in the New Zealand Navy. The ships came about as a result of the mid-80's lovers spat between the Kiwis and the US. The Kiwis decided they needed to shore up some relationships in their local area, so, instead of buying new ships from the US, they entered into an agreement with the Aussies to by two of the 10 ships with an option to buy two more. The decision raised considerable protest based on cost as well as ship capability versus the assigned mission. The Kiwis were looking for more capability to enforce their Economic Exclusion Zone, more but less capable ships was the counter argument.
Te Kaha, in Maori, means Fighting Prowess or Strength and the ship has shown that by participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Earlier this year, she sailed to Gallipoli to participate in activities marking the 100th anniversary of that debacle. More of which to follow on that subject.
|Te Kaha in the lead. Never got a good enough look at the trailing ship to ID.|
Finally, an unidentified Patrol Boat in Sydney Harbor rounds out my retinue of pictures of Navy Floaty Thngs.