The US Navy has a preference to have a number of locations in which to conduct sea-swap, of which Perth is one. The other suggested locations are Darwin and Singapore. The USN is keen on a number of locations for strategic reasons, because they should have sites available depending on operational exigencies.
The advantages of Perth in relation to sea-swaps include the fact that Perth is a friendly environment in which USN personnel would feel welcome and would boost the morale of crews. Perth has an Air Force Base, RAAF Base Pearce, in close proximity and an International Airport, which would meet the needs of the US planes sending equipment to US ships. HMAS STIRLING is a secure location at which the first sea-swaps could be undertaken. HMAS STIRLING and Leeuwin Army Barracks provide accommodation options for the USN in a secure environment. Perth provides excellent ship repair facilities for ships undergoing sea-swaps should they need such activities to be undertaken. HMAS STIRLING and Lancelin provide excellent training and interoperability opportunities for USN ships with Australian warships and submarines, as well as the underwater tracking range and bombing range.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, near the port city of Fremantle, a neighboring cities in Western Australia. Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia, is a modern, vibrant city located on the shores of the Swan River. Residents enjoy a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The city's western suburbs border on the Indian Ocean and there are many beautiful sandy beaches within easy reach.
Perth is reputed to be one of the best liberty ports in the world. Perth is typically among the favorite ports for Sailors in the Pacific, because of its incredibly outgoing people, reasonable prices and casual atmosphere. Having no language barrier makes it easy to meet the locals. Tours are popular with Sailors, who sign up for the chance to meet native animals up close on the Koala and Kangaroo tour, or trek through the outback in a four-wheel drive vehicle, or visit Western Australia's finest vineyards on a wine tasting tour. While deployments are a fact of life for the forward-deployed carrier, most Sailors would agree that high-quality port visits make months of hard work at sea worth it.
Accommodations range from five star hotels with private spas in each room, to the backpacker hostels with many travelers sharing their exploits in large camp style rooms. Regardless of where they stay, everyone appreciates the restful sleep. The clubs in Perth are exceptional and provide a wide array of music from the '80s to hip-hop to R&B. One of the more popular scenes that the younger Sailors seem to enjoy were the many dance clubs. The Irish Pubs are another popular selection with a great variety of bands playing Irish folk music and popular rock. No matter what the music preference, Sailors find exactly what they are looking for.
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