HMAS Sydney returns home

Published on SBLT Sarah McDonagh (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Sydney (IV), Return to Australia

A friendly wave as families and friends of HMAS Sydney's crew wait as HMAS Sydney passes HMAS Tobruk on the way to the berth at her home base at Fleet Base East. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
A friendly wave as families and friends of HMAS Sydney's crew wait as HMAS Sydney passes HMAS Tobruk on the way to the berth at her home base at Fleet Base East.

Following a successful deployment to North East Asia, HMAS Sydney (IV) has returned home to a warm welcome from family and friends on the wharf at Fleet Base East.

Over the past four and a half months Sydney has participated in a wide range of exercises and operations ranging from regional engagement in both the Republic of Korea and Japan, to a security patrol of Australia’s North West Shelf oil platforms.

One of the most significant activities of Sydney’s deployment was spending three months embedded as a member of the United States Seventh Fleet Carrier Strike Group whose primary function was to protect the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Embracing the opportunity to prepare for Navy’s future capability, Sydney’s Commanding Officer, Commander Karl Brinckmann said the deployment had provided a new experience for everyone onboard.

A key to the success of the deployment was a Personnel Exchange Program which saw over 50 per cent of Sydney’s crew experience life onboard a US or Japanese warship.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Georgia Chaffey was one of those lucky enough to get a taste of life onboard George Washington.

“The whole deployment has been a unique experience, but it is good to be home again. It would be nice, though, if Sydney could find space onboard for a Starbucks - like the George Washington has,” she said.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131363.

Returning from a five month deployment, HMAS Sydney prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

Returning from a five month deployment, HMAS Sydney prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.