20th Anniversary of the HMAS Westralia Fire


20th Anniversary of the HMAS Westralia Fire (1.58 mins)

On the 5 May 2018, the HMAS Westralia (II) Fire 20th Year Anniversary Memorial Service was held on the Quarterdeck at HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. The Service was supported by the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia and was concluded with an unveiling of a restored lifeboat from the Westralia to remain as a permanent memorial displayed at HMAS Stirling. Invited guests at the service included; The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, Member for Canning, the Honourable Andrew Hastie, MP (Representing the Minister of Defence), Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Mark McGowan, BA, LLB, MLA, the Honourable Madeline King, MP, the families and former crew from HMAS Westralia. The Service was a time to reflect on the lives of the lost crew members which included speeches, prayers and the laying of wreaths, with HMAS Sirius supporting the service by providing a Cenotaph Guard and a formed platoon. On the 5 May 1998, a fire took place in HMAS Westralia’s Main machinery Space. The fire resulted in the death of four crew members; Midshipman Megan Pelly, Petty Officer Shaun Smith, Leading Seaman Bradley Meek, and Able Seaman Phillip Carroll. The 5 of May 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of this tragic incident.

Publish Date 09 May 2018
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