A formidable presence on patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABET Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01)

HMAS Adelaide sails past an oil rig platform during a patrol in the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria. (photo: ABET Jarrod Mulvihill)
HMAS Adelaide sails past an oil rig platform during a patrol in the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria.
HMAS Adelaide has taken time during a busy schedule of training at sea to support wider border surveillance efforts.
 
The Amphibious Assault Ship made use of embarked capability including Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats and an MRH-90 helicopter to patrol the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the Gippsland coast in Victoria.
 
After departing her home port at Fleet Base East for several weeks of unit readiness evaluations, the ship sailed through Australia’s southeastern oil fields before making her maiden port visit to Melbourne.
 
Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley, said Adelaide’s short patrol reinforced the efforts of a larger multi-agency taskforce.
 
“This routine patrol forms part of a wider surveillance effort led by Maritime Border Command and helps fulfil the Royal Australian Navy’s contribution in protecting our valuable offshore facilities,” he said.
 
“What better way to provide a visible deterrence than using Navy’s largest warship.”
 
Maritime Border Command coordinates Navy’s fleet assets in collaboration with Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies to deter security threats and illegal activity at sea.
 
HMAS Adelaide was able to provide a significant presence during its patrol with an ability to rapidly deploy boarding teams via its rigid-hulled inflatable boats and an embarked MRH-90 helicopter.
 
Adelaide has returned to sea to undertake further exercises.