Port Pirie Street Sign provides inspiration to Navy
‘Port Pirie pride’ has extended beyond our city’s borders and is inspiring a crew of Royal Australian Navy personnel based at the top end of Australia.
A street sign for Ellen Street, Port Pirie’s main street, now takes pride of place in the hallway of HMAS Pirie II, an Armidale Class Patrol Boat stationed at HMAS Coonawarra.
Port Pirie Regional Council supplied the street sign, complete with Council logo, following a request from the HMAS Pirie II ship’s company. This follows Royal Australian Navy tradition in which a street sign of the main street within the city or town the ship has been named after is displayed in the ship’s main passageway.
The HMAS Pirie II is currently patrolling our country’s borders out of HMAS Coonawarra.
According to the ship’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Williams, the Ellen Street sign serves as a reminder to the men and women stationed on board that while the crew represents the Navy, they also represent the Port of Pirie.
More information on HMAS Pirie II can be found at www.navy.gov.au/hmas-pirie-ii