Melbourne visits Sasebo

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Location(s): Sasebo, Japan

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), Soccer, Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Memorial at the centre of the atomic bomb explosion area. (photo: Unknown)
Memorial at the centre of the atomic bomb explosion area.
HMAS Melbourne recently visited Sasebo as the first of three port visits across Japan as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment.
 
The visit was primarily for resupply and crew respite, so the crew made the most of the opportunity taking time out to see the sights.
 
Some members of the crew also travelled to the historical city of Nagasaki, infamous for the atomic bomb attack at 11:02am on 9 August 1945.
 
The atomic bomb was nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ and it changed the Japanese landscape forever after exploding.
 
Lieutenant Commander Tony Hannemann said the visit to Nagasaki was an opportunity to visit the Peace Museum and the memorial to the lives lost in the atomic blast that brought about the end of the Second World War.
 
“For many, it was a stark yet touching memorial of not just a poignant period in human history, but also a single event that altered the perspective of global society like no other,” he said.
 
The final activity for Melbourne’s visit to Sasebo was a high-stakes game of soccer against the United States Navy team from USS Green Bay.
 
Strongly contested by both teams, the game went down to the wire with Green Bay coming out in front 2-1.
 
Melbourne’s next port visit in Japan is Yokosuka where she will participate in Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.