ANOTHER Narooma connection to the spectacular International Fleet Review on Sydney Harbour earlier this month has come to light.
Royal Australian Navy pilot Leut Alistair Auld had the privilege of flying the Seahawk helicopter with the Australian White Ensign (AWE) on both Friday and Saturday.
Leut Auld is based at 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross at Nowra.
He also had the honour of flying in the formation flypast for the Sydney Freedom of Entry on October 9.
Narooma resident and president of the Narooma Golf Club, David Shackleton happens to be retired Vice Admiral and former Chief of the Royal Australian Navy.
He and his wife Robyn also attended the International Fleet Review and the Narooma News last week featured their most-excellent first-hand account of the celebration.
They too said the Leut Auld connection was terrific.
“It is really unusual for one pilot to do this every day of the celebrations,” the retired Admiral said.
“It takes an enormous amount of skill and concentration and is very tiring. This is yet another example of the outstanding skills demonstrated by our navy pilots.”
Narooma has quite the naval tradition with the son of Narooma RFS Brigade captain Mick Marchini, Dean Marchini, also in the Navy and working with the choppers including Alistair’s Seahawk at Watsons Bay during the event.
Narooma’s Owen Gauslaa, another local young Narooma person in the Navy who now serves on HMAS Stuart, was also there to see the spectacular Fleet Review.
We hope to bring you some of his experiences and fantastic photos next week!