Anzac frigates come of age

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Location(s): Sydney

Topic(s): Fleet Base East, Frigate Helicopter (FFH), HMAS Anzac (F150), Commissioning

Seaman Communication and Information Systems Natasha Deakin cuts HMAS Anzac's 21st birthday cake with Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Devine watching. (photo: Unknown)
Seaman Communication and Information Systems Natasha Deakin cuts HMAS Anzac's 21st birthday cake with Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Devine watching.

Officers and sailors in HMAS Anzac celebrated the ship’s 21st birthday with a barbeque and cake cutting in her home port of Garden Island, Sydney.
 
The first in class of the 10 helicopter frigates currently in service in Australian and New Zealand Navies, HMAS Anzac was commissioned in Melbourne on 18 May 1996. 

All remain in service in the Australian and Royal New Zealand Navies.
 
Commanding Officer Anzac Commander Michael Devine said his ship celebrated a unique and proud history.
 
“As a member of the ship’s company it’s easy to join the high-performing Anzac team,” he said.
 
“But it’s important to understand the culture and the work that was done by our forebears to make the ship what she is today.
 
“It’s not just that she’s been around for 21 years, or that she’s the lead ship in her class, but it’s about the collective achievement and culture that’s developed in that time," Commander Devine said.
 
Anzac
 is the only Australian warship to fire rounds in anger since the Vietnam War, providing naval gunfire support to Royal Marine landings on Al Faw Peninsula, Iraq in 2003.
 
She has contributed to the success of many operations and exercises including the INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce in 1999; counter terrorism and counter piracy operations in the north Indian Ocean; Australia’s maritime border security and several search and rescue events.
 
In 2014 Anzac was the third of Australia’s ships to complete an anti-ship missile defence upgrade providing an enhanced sensor and weapons system capability.
 
In 2015 she participated in commemorative events for the 100th anniversary of the landings at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.
 
The most junior member of ship’s company Seaman Communication and Information Systems Natasha Deakin said the collaboration in Anzac was evident from day one.
 
“I joined the ship in Perth in March, right in the middle of Anzac’s unit readiness evaluation,” she said.
 
“One of the stand out features is the team ethos onboard.
 
“The ship’s company really get behind one another to support each other in achieving the mission, whatever that might be.”