Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, has had a taste of home in Visakhapatnam this week, visiting HMAS Darwin where she participated in the Indian Navy’s International Fleet Review.
Vice Admiral Barrett was one of the 25 Chiefs of Navy who were present for the review and visited Darwin which was anchored approximately four nautical miles off the Indian coast, and preparing to sail to the Middle East.
Darwin is about to start her tasking in the Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU, the 62nd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy warship to the region since 1990.
Operation MANITOU is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Middle East maritime security environment, an area of more than two million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.
Darwin's Commanding Officer Commander Phil Henry said the Chief of Navy spent time with personnel to reinforce the importance of their deployment.
“The Chief relayed to each mess the significance of the tasks that we have already carried out during our South East Asia deployment," Commander Henry said.
"This included our port visit to Jakarta as well as the support we provided to the Indian International Fleet Review.
“He also reminded everyone of the important work we are about to do to secure sea lanes in the Middle East.”
Darwin will relieve sister ship HMAS Melbourne, which completed her rotation on 11 February, and is now en route to her home port of Sydney.