Mine Hunter returns from north Asian deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Waterhen

Topic(s): HMAS Gascoyne (M85), North East Asia Deployment, Return to Australia

HMAS Gascoyne's forecastle berthing party prepare to come alongside HMAS Waterhen to re-unite with their families after the ships North East Asia Deployment.  (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)
HMAS Gascoyne's forecastle berthing party prepare to come alongside HMAS Waterhen to re-unite with their families after the ships North East Asia Deployment.
The Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne has returned to Australia after completing the longest voyage undertaken by a vessel of its class.
 
HMAS Gascoyne, along with sister ship, HMAS Huon, had visited ports and exercised in the Republic of Korea, Japan and the Philippines.
 
Gascoyne arrived alongside HMAS Waterhen from more than four months away to bet met by family and friends in time to celebrate Christmas at home.
 
For the Commanding Officer of HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Richard Brickacek the return was the culmination of many months hard work by the ship and crew.
 
“I am very proud of what we have achieved but we are all now looking forward to a well deserved break” said LCDR Brickacek.
 
The ship and crew maintained a high operational tempo on their voyage, exercising various facets of mine warfare and mine countermeasures with both ship based systems and clearance divers.
 
Gascoyne and Huon steamed in excess of 4,000 nautical miles during the voyage and were the first Australian Mine Warfare vessels to travel to the Republic Of Korea.
 
For the crew of Gascoyne the return at this time of year is a great reward to spend Christmas at home and enjoy some time with family.