Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commander Australian Fleet, journeyed west recently to visit ships alongside at Fleet Base West (FBW) and the various training and support units within HMAS Stirling.
The visit was the first by Rear Admiral Mayer since assuming command of the Australian Fleet in June 2014, and coincided with the 36th anniversary of Stirling commissioning on 28 July, 1978. During his tour of facilities at Fleet Support Unit-West, he also participated in a cake cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
“I'm very happy I could be here to celebrate the anniversary of this relatively young establishment which has grown considerably in size, diversity and importance in the 36 years since it was commissioned,” he said.
Over the course of two days, Rear Admiral Mayer met with officers and sailors on the four Anzac Class Frigates currently alongside at FBW, including HMAS Toowoomba, which recently departed for duties in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.
He acknowledged the challenges faced during the year with HMAS Perth and Toowoomba both involved in Operations RESOLUTE and SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
“It’s been a busy year for our Navy in the west and our ships and support units here have faced some tough challenges and at times been the focus of intense public attention,” he said.
During his visit, the Fleet Commander also toured a number of training and support facilities including the Submarine Training and Systems Centre, Surface Engineering and Systems Centre - Frigate Division, Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety, Port Services and the Gunnery Section.
“Stirling is a unique establishment. It is home to such a diverse range of training and support functions which are crucial in keeping the Navy going forward,” he said.
Commander Australian Fleet commands all Navy combat forces and is responsible to the Chief of Navy for all maritime operations within the Australian Defence Force. He is also responsible for Royal Australian Navy commissioned establishments and the organisation, training, safe operation and morale of all those under his command.
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