Melbourne visits Devonport one last time

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

Location(s): Devonport, TAS

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05)

Members from HMAS Melbourne work the lines on the flight deck as the ship comes alongside Devonport, Tasmania. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)
Members from HMAS Melbourne work the lines on the flight deck as the ship comes alongside Devonport, Tasmania.

Guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne and her 180-strong ship’s company have visited the Tasmanian port city of Devonport for one of the Australian warship’s final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year.

The 138-metre-long warship pulled alongside Devonport Ferry Terminal on the Mersey River on Friday, ahead of a three day port visit.

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

Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler said the visit was bittersweet as it saw Melbourne coming one port closer to the end of her decommissioning voyage.

“We have appreciated the opportunity to pause in Devonport and share this great ship, and her achievements, with the local community,” Commander Buttler said.

Melbourne and her crew have been working hard, deploying overseas for most of 2018 and 2019,” he said.

Melbourne 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.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192045.