HMAS Darwin congratulated on operational tour

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Location(s): Singapore

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN visits HMAS Darwin in Singapore to congratulate the ships crew on their operational success in the Middle East. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN visits HMAS Darwin in Singapore to congratulate the ships crew on their operational success in the Middle East.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has personally thanked the ship's company of HMAS Darwin for their service and sacrifice during five months away conducting patrols in the Middle East as part of Operation MANITOU.

The ship was conducting a port visit in Singapore on her return home to Australia. Vice Admiral Barrett was in Singapore for counterpart talks and to be presented with Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) - or Meritorious Service Medal (Military).

Prior to arrival in Singapore Darwin handed over the operational role of providing Australia’s contribution to maritime security in the region to the Anzac class frigate, HMAS Perth, which is the first Anti Ship Missile defence upgraded ship to deploy. 

Vice Admiral Barrett took the opportunity to visit Darwin to congratulate the crew on patrolling more than 30,000 nautical miles, seizing a cache of weapons and almost a tonne of heroin.

“Your efforts directly impacted on the ability of international terrorist organisations to fund their illegal activities by removing illegal weapons and narcotics from where they will do the most harm,” he said.

“You have made a positive and tangible difference to maritime security in the Middle East region being the 62nd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship to the region since 1990.”

Commander Phil Henry, Commanding Officer of Darwin, commended the ship’s company of officers and sailors for their commitment and efforts that ensured a successful deployment.

“During almost five months on operations we intercepted and seized a large cache of small arms weaponry, and disrupted three narcotic smuggling operations,” he said.

Darwin
’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Dale Axford reflected on the operation.

“From our Combined Maritime Force allies, to operations staff of Combined Task Force 150, and our support agencies back in Australia, all have contributed into making a positive and tangible difference to the security in the Middle East region,” he stated
“Their efforts are directly impacting the ability of international terrorist organisations to fund their illegal activities, and removing illegal weapons and narcotics from where they will do the most harm,” he said.

Darwin’s 
embarked S-70B Seahawk helicopter flew 200 hours and the galley served more than 100,000 meals to keep the ship operating 24 hours per day.

Prior to Darwin’s departure from the Middle East, Commander Joint Task Force 633 Air Vice-Marshal Tim Innes, and Commander Combined Joint Task Force 150 Commodore Guy Robinson, from the Royal Navy, visited the ship to present the ship’s company with their operational service medals and individual awards.  

Darwin
 arrives today in the City of Darwin to exercise Freedom of Entry to the City prior to its return home to Fleet Base East on 17 July.