Australian frigate visits France

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Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Amy De Boer carries the Australian National Flag during a D-Day commemorative service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Bayeux, France.  (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)
Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Amy De Boer carries the Australian National Flag during a D-Day commemorative service at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Bayeux, France.

The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in France, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.

Anzac departed Sydney in March and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and most recently the North Atlantic en route to France where she is visiting Le Havre and then Brest.

During the five month deployment, the ship has represented Australia at Centenary of Anzac commemorative events in the Sea of Marmara, Cape Helles, Gallipoli and Italy and Malta.

Anzac’s first stop in France was Le Havre, where members of ship’s company participated in ‘D-Day’ commemorations at Ranville, Pegasus Bridge and Bayeaux, and visited the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery at Bayeaux. 

Together with the Australian Embassy in Paris, Anzac will co-host an official reception, and the ship will also exercise with the French Navy following the visit to Brest.

Anzac’s Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood described the significance of the visit.

“The French and Australian navies have a strong relationship, as we interact regularly in the South Pacific,” Commander Wood said.

“During the Centenary of Anzac we remember the original Anzacs of a hundred years ago, including the many that fought in France, and the 102,000 who have died in the service of their country in the century since.

“Our visit to France is an opportunity to commemorate the close relationship between our countries over the past century, and to further enforce our close ties going forward.”

Imagery of the deployment is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150611.