Anzac Day: HMAS Parramatta to fore

Anzac Day at Parramatta 2014. Picture: Vanessa Watson.

Anzac Day at Parramatta 2014. Picture: Vanessa Watson.

SAILORS from HMAS Parramatta led the city of Parramatta's Anzac Day march from 4am on April 25.

About 23 men and women from the Royal Australian Navy frigate marched from Parramatta RSL club for a dawn service at the memorial at Prince Alfred Park.

"We were the lead platoon at Parramatta this year," said Lieutenant Commander Ted Seymour, the ship's executive officer second-in-command.

"It was great, being out there to represent the ship."

Mr Seymour, 23, said he and his colleagues were honoured to play a part in Parramatta's Anzac Day commemorations.

"It certainly reinforced the bond between the ship and the Parramatta community," he said.

"Most of the time we're deployed, but we just happened to be ashore this year."

Mr Seymour said one personal highlight was meeting Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid after the dawn service.

After the dawn service, the platoon marched back to the club for a hot breakfast before they left for Sydney and joined the rest of their 190-person ship's company for the 9am march.

HMAS Parramatta, named for the Parramatta River, was commissioned in 2003.

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