Brisbane base’s big year

Published on LEUT Phil Fairs (author)

Location(s): HMAS Moreton

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, HMAS Canberra (L02), HMAS Choules (L100), Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR), Commissioning

Commander Mark McConnell and Seaman Georgia Bronkhorst cut the birthday cake. (photo: Unknown)
Commander Mark McConnell and Seaman Georgia Bronkhorst cut the birthday cake.

The local community came together to help HMAS Moreton celebrate a big milestone – the Queensland establishment’s first birthday.
 
On the banks of the Brisbane River people of all ages were treated to a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting, lucky door prizes and displays from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Police Service.
 
Commanding Officer Moreton Commander Mark McConnell said it was important to bring everyone together to celebrate.
 
Moreton has had a busy first year. Since we recommissioned we have assisted with close to 30 Royal Australian Navy and foreign warship visits,” he said.

“This included short notice port calls by HMA Ships Canberra and Choules in support of cyclone relief efforts in Fiji and North Queensland respectively,” Commander McConnell said.
 
Moreton 
was recommissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 14 May 2016.

The establishment administers all Navy personnel within the region. It can support minor war vessel visits alongside, conduct boat ramp operations, provides warehousing facilities for visiting units, provides transit accommodation for up to 45 personnel and can support minor training exercises with conference facilities and training areas.  

Moreton personnel also facilitate ships visits into south-east Queensland including the ports of Brisbane and Gladstone. 
 
“We’ve also supported over one hundred civic and representational events across the region, which for a small headquarters staff of four permanent and three naval reserve staff is impressive,” Commander McConnell said.

“I’m very proud of what Moreton has achieved over the last year. The first birthday celebration was a good opportunity to bring everyone together and recognise the hard work of ship’s company and the support of their families.

“Moreton
 is an important logistics hub for the Royal Australian Navy and we will continue to provide an outstanding level of support to the Fleet,” he said.