The ship’s company of HMAS Stuart took some time out of their hectic schedule this year to enjoy a couple of days rest and recuperation in Malaysia.
The Anzac class frigate arrived in Kuala Lumpur, one of the most advanced and vibrant cities in South East Asia, on 23 September for a brief port visit, before sailing to participate in exercises with the Republic of Singapore Navy.
While in Kuala Lumpur, members of the 199-strong crew took the opportunity to see some of regions iconic sites.
Able Seaman Comminications Information Systems Bree-Ann Garner said it was a great opportunity to relax after a busy exercise period.
“After spending weeks at sea taking part in Exercise KAKADU off northern Australia, it was fantastic to get some time alongside in Kuala Lumpur.
“During the visit, a group of us took the opportunity to visit the impressive Petronas Twin towers, which stands at 452 metres tall. While it was a privilege to stand in front of one of the largest buildings in the world, my personal highlight was the Central Markets in China Town,” Able Seaman Garner said.
“We also toured the Kuala Lumpur Communication Tower, Bukit Bintang shopping district and the Batu Caves. Kuala Lumpur is beautiful with rich cultural aspects and I’d definitely like to return one day.”
After two days in Kuala Lumpur, Stuart departed for Singapore to take part in 19th iteration of Exercise SINGAROO, an annual maritime exercise between the Royal Australian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy.
Following SINGAROO, Stuart will take part in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA with the Republic of Singapore Navy before travelling to Albany, Western Australia to join other fleet units supporting the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs departing Australian shores.