Armidale Class patrol boat HMAS Broome sailed with some special guests recently for a day at sea in the Top End.
The standard complement of sailors and officers were joined by Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM and Captain Patrol Boats, Captain Jason Hunter.
With Commanding Officer HMAS Broome, Lieutenant Commander Robert Lewis in the CO’s chair, ship’s company sailed Broome north of Darwin Harbour and out to sea for a half-day trip. Personnel launched and recovered an embarked Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) and demonstrated a response to a simulated seaborne threat, firing blank rounds with the 12.7mm machine gun.
Lieutenant Commander Lewis said it was a valuable opportunity to train and demonstrate essential procedures used at sea.
“The day was a great opportunity to showcase the workings and rhythms of an Armidale Class Patrol Boat to the Administrator of the Northern Territory.
“In particular, Navy’s focus to the northern approaches of Australia, the local support to the Patrol Boat fleet at HMAS Coonawarra, and the importance of ACPBs contribution to border protection operations,” Lieutenant Commander Lewis said.
HMAS Coonawarra is Navy’s busiest port in terms of ship movements, a vital gateway to northern neighbours as well as a base for border integrity operations.
HMAS Broome and Navy’s fleet of Armidale Class patrol boats implement an array of functions at Australia’s borders including fisheries protection, illegal immigration prevention, customs and drug law enforcement.