Huon departs for Resolute

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

The forecastle party on HMAS Huon prepare to depart HMAS Waterhen for a three month Operation Resolute rotation.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
The forecastle party on HMAS Huon prepare to depart HMAS Waterhen for a three month Operation Resolute rotation.

HMAS Huon departed HMAS Waterhen in Sydney recently to head north on a three-month deployment in support of border protection duties as part of Operation RESOLUTE. Family and friends gathered on the wharf and waved good-bye to see her off. 

Having recently completed a Tactical Data System Upgrade, trials and Mine Warfare Officers' Course support, the crew are now looking forward to operationally focussed tasking in the warmer waters of northern Australia. 

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Christopher Shields was farewell by his wife Kim and two young daughters. 

“I missed dad when he was away over Christmas,” his daughter Tylaa said.

“But it makes me happy when he calls to tell me he misses me too.” 

This deployment will be the first for Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warefare Jacob Hough who joined Huon recently after completing Basic Combat System Operator Mine Warfare course. 

“I enjoyed the different scenarios during the Mine Warfare Course support week,” Seaman Hough said.

“It was great to consolidate my skills from basic course and too see everything in action. 

"I am looking forward to the deployment and for the new challenges Operation RESOLUTE will bring.” 

Huon arrives in Darwin to relieve sister ship HMAS Yarra, which has been deployed in support of RESOLUTE for the last few months. 

In August, Huon will represent the Australian Defence Force in Timor Leste for Falintil Day. Falintil was an armed guerilla resistance force formed in 1975 fighting for independence from the occupying Indonesians. 

The current President of Timor Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, was the last Commander of Falintil.  The nation's Defence Force, Falintil - Forca de Defensa de Timor Leste, includes the Falintil name out of respect to those who fought for independence.

The deployment marks Huon’s second in support of Operation RESOLUTE for 2015 and a continuing commitment by the Mine Hunter Coastal ships to supporting operations outside their core mine counter-measures role.