In 1985 I covered the maiden voyage of the HMAS Darwin.
A guided missile frigate, the ship was built in the United States and on shake-down had undertaken its maiden voyage to Australia, its first landfall being the port of the same name, Darwin.
Along with a camera crew, I flew to Cairns and then onto Thursday Island. From here, with a lift from the local pilot, we caught the Darwin as it passed through the Torres Strait.
This extended report was the result of the trip.
[flv:http://raeallen.net/video/hmas-darwin.flv 550 412]
Talent: Rick Bayley, Bob van Grodenhauer
To air: ABC-TV The National, 30 October 1985, Duration:09:12
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