Hobart welcomes HMAS Melbourne at the beginning of the end

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), Open Day

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Tyron Ahmat throws the first line across to the wharf as HMAS Melbourne berths in Hobart as part of their decommissioning trip around Australia. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)
Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Tyron Ahmat throws the first line across to the wharf as HMAS Melbourne berths in Hobart as part of their decommissioning trip around Australia.

The guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourneand her 180-strong ship’s company arrived in the City of Hobart for one of her final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year.

The 138-metre-long warship pulled alongside Macquarie Wharf Number 2 this morning, ahead of a four-day port visit which will include a public open day on Saturday, 17 August 2019.

The ship will also visit Devonport from 23 to 25 August before sailing to South Australia.

Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, said the visit would be bittersweet as it marked the beginning of Melbourne's decommissioning voyage.

“HMAS Melbourne and her crew have never stopped working hard, deploying overseas for most of 2018 and 2019, and we appreciate the opportunity to pause in a port as beautiful as Hobart,” Commander Buttler said. 

“We look forward to welcoming the people of Hobart aboard, just as they’ve welcomed us into port, and showing them what this great ship has been doing in behalf of Australia.”

Assistant Marine Engineering Officer and Tasmanian native, Lieutenant Aaron McCarthy, said it was exciting to make the first stop of Melbourne’s final journey.

“We’ve had a big year and I feel proud to be able to go sail into Hobart and represent my ship,” Lieutenant McCarthy said.

“Our deployments over the past year have taken us far from Australia’s southern coast, so I’m looking forward to showing the people of Hobart what we’ve been doing across the Asia Pacific region.”

The last of six Adelaide class frigates in the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet, HMAS Melbourne was commissioned in 1992 and has sailed more than 780,000 nautical miles throughout her service life.

She deployed on operations to the Middle East eight times and earned battle honours for service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and Middle East.

She recently completed a four month deployment through north Asia, including conducting international maritime surveillance operations to enforce sanctions against North Korea.

Free tickets for the ship open day in Hobart are going fast and can be ordered through the Eventbrite ticketing website.