HMAS Choules sailed into Port Phillip today for her first ever port visit to Melbourne.
Choules’ crew of more than 150 sailors and soldiers will spend the weekend in Melbourne for some leave and will host a public open day this Sunday.
Commanding Officer of HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan, said his crew were looking forward to being in Melbourne over the AFL Grand Final weekend.
“We have been working hard at sea, so an opportunity for a break in such a fantastic city is most welcomed by the crew,” Commander Houlihan said.
“The Navy and Melbourne share a long history with all eight of our current frigates and both of our Landing Helicopter Docks either entirely or partly built at Williamstown, and most of our crew trained as new sailors nearby at HMAS Cerberus.”
Already this year, Choules has deployed to Noumea take part in Exercise CROIX DU SUD, the largest humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training exercise in the South Pacific region.