HMAS Warramunga Turns Sweet 16

This article has photo gallery Published on Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Kevin Brouwer (author)

Location(s): Fleet Base East

Topic(s): Fleet Base East, HMAS Warramunga (F152), Commissioning

HMAS Warramunga’s sweet 16 birthday cake. (photo: POEW Andrew Harding)
HMAS Warramunga’s sweet 16 birthday cake.

The ship's company of HMAS Warramunga had reason to celebrate on 31 March, marking the 16th anniversary since the warship commissioned.

The youngest member of the crew, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarred Vos joined Commanding Officer, Commander Dugald Clelland cutting the much anticipated birthday cake.

Addressing the ship’s company, Commander Clelland struck a celebratory note, but also reminded the crew of the importance of their task.

“Warramunga is our ship, but she is only our ship as long as we continue to serve in her," he said.

"We are her custodians and we must care for her so that she and future generations of sailors may continue to serve and defend this great nation for many years to come.”

Warramunga has been alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney for the last few months completing an extensive maintenance period.

Commander Clelland thanked his officers and sailors for their hard work.

“This period has been the biggest and longest but most importantly of all, the safest Anzac refit on the east coast in recent years.

“Much of this success is directly as a result of your skill, dedication and the professionalism with which you conduct yourselves every single day,” Commander Clelland said.

Warramunga will complete the maintenance period in late April and is scheduled to return to sea in May to commence maritime skill evaluations and sea qualification trials.

After the birthday cake was cut, several personnel were recognised with commendations and promotions. 

Two sailors celebrated career milestones, with Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Corey Bartlett receiving his Australian Defence Medal and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Darren Eslick receiving the first clasp to his Defence Long Service Medal.

Since entering service in 2001, Warramunga has served Australia proudly both at home and abroad. 

In 2015 she was the fourth Anzac class frigate to complete the anti-ship missile defence upgrade, providing her with an enhanced sensor suite and weapons systems capability, along with new phased array radar technology. 

This upgrade ensures the warship is capable of protecting Australia’s assets and interests into the future.