Adelaide protecting Australia's national interests

Published on LCDR Stephen Blume (author), LS Daniel Atkins (photographer)

Location(s): Bass Strait, Australia

Topic(s): MRH-90 Taipan, HMAS Adelaide (L01)

HMAS Adelaide conducts surveillance in vicinity the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria. (photo: LS Daniel Atkins)
HMAS Adelaide conducts surveillance in vicinity the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria.

While en route to her namesake city in support of South Australia’s Navy Week celebrations, HMAS Adelaide has taken the opportunity to contribute to the Royal Australian Navy’s border surveillance efforts.

The Amphibious Assault Ship made use of its embarked MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter to patrol the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the Gippsland coast in Victoria, as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment.

After departing her homeport at Fleet Base East following a period in maintenance, the ship sailed through Australia’s southeastern oil fields. 

HMAS Adelaide conducts surveillance in vicinity the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria.

HMAS Adelaide conducts surveillance in vicinity the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the coast of Victoria.

HMAS Adelaide’s MRH-90 Aircraft Captain, Lieutenant Robbie Garnock contacted numerous platforms over the course the mission.

“Despite the inclement weather on the day, it was clear that it was ‘business as usual’ for the Bass Strait Oil and Gas Platforms, with multiple company aircraft operating between the platforms and the Gippsland base,” Lieutenant Garnock said.

HMAS Adelaide’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Commander Michael Gordon, further reinforced the importance of the Navy’s commitment in support of domestic surveillance operations.

“Our regular patrols of the oil and gas fields around the country are a recognisable example of the Royal Australian Navy’s role in defending Australia and her national interests.

“These type of operations are but a small part of the presence the Royal Australian Navy provides at sea, 24/7, 365 days a year, both domestically and abroad,” he said.  

HMAS Adelaide’s visit to Adelaide will see the Ship’s Company conduct a Freedom of Entry into the City, and participate in many other events in support of South Australia Navy Week.

Following the visit to Adelaide, the ship will undergo a period of work-up training in preparation for its participation in the Joint Warfare exercises later in the year.