South-West welcome for Anzac

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

Location(s): Albany

Topic(s): HMAS Anzac (F150), Open Day, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER

HMAS Anzac is welcomed to Albany by Harbour Master CAPT Gary Wilson and Southern Ports Authority personnel for her first visit since 2014. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)
HMAS Anzac is welcomed to Albany by Harbour Master CAPT Gary Wilson and Southern Ports Authority personnel for her first visit since 2014.

HMAS Anzac has arrived in her adopted home port of Albany for a short respite visit after a number of weeks honing war fighting skills in Western Australian waters.
 
The ship was taking part in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, a major fleet training activity supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. A key focus of the exercise was multi-ship or ‘task group’ operations.
 
Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Devine, said visiting Albany was to be a highlight of Anzac’s deployment to the west.
 
“We are very proud of our ship and the long tradition she represents as the third HMAS Anzac to be commissioned into service in the Royal Australian Navy,” Commander Devine said.
 
“Our busy schedule has meant this is Anzac’s first port visit to Albany since November 2014.
 
“The ship’s company are eager to showcase one of the world’s most sophisticated and capable war-fighting ships to the community of Albany and we are pleased to be having locals onboard.”
 
The helicopter frigate will be open to the public on Sunday 12 March between 10:00am and 3:00pm. 

Members of the public who wish to visit must access free tickets from the following website, which will ensure waiting times kept to a minimum.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hmas-anzac-open-day-albany-tickets-32575383850?aff=MediaRelease
 
“While we are in Albany, we also intend to challenge local clubs in some friendly sporting events, visit schools and reconnect in person with our ship’s charity, the Albany Childrens’ Cancer Care Group,” Commander Devine said.
 
Anzac
 is expected to stay in Albany for four days before sailing for her next assignment.