SYDNEY - Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) joined sailors from Her Majesty’s Australian Ship Parramatta for a service project at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead during McCampbell’s port visit to Sydney July 7.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is a pediatric hospital specializing in oncological treatments. The hospital also serves as an art gallery, accepting submissions from school-aged children who compete to have their work displayed at Westmead and other hospitals across the country.
“The kids were really happy to meet us and talk to us; that made me happy” said Gunners Mate Seaman Jacqueline Rocha from Grandy, N.C.
The group of 23 sailors from McCampbell and the HMAS Parramatta visited the facility, interacted with the patients and shared their experience serving in the Navy with them.
“They were excited and interested in our stories, it was nice to see that” said Seaman Rocha.
All Sailors involved were pleased to visit with the children and their families and TO answer questions about life in the Navy.
“This visit was a lot of fun. I enjoyed working with the kids and their families,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Aaron Lyons from Manhattan, Kan.
The service project was part of HMAS Parramatta’s ongoing sponsorship of the children’s hospital and presented a unique opportunity for Australian and U.S. Sailors to work together toward a charitable cause.
USS McCampbell is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is currently in Australia preparing for joint training exercises with the Royal Australian Navy and Canadian Navy.