Helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has returned to Fleet Base East after a three month South East Asia Deployment as part of a three ship Task Unit with HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba.
Since departing Fleet Base East in March, Anzac has visited seven ports in six nations, participated in two international exercises, conducted passage exercises with French, Royal Thai and Philippines navies and travelled a total of 13,000 nautical miles.
For Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Amanda Hutchinson, returning to Fleet Base East caps off a great experience, visiting some of our nearest neighbours.
“It was great to see a number of different cultures during of our deployment, but I am looking forward to getting home to Sydney and spending time with family and friends after a busy few months away.”
“It is especially exciting to see my grandson Elijah for the first time after he was born on the 20th April while I was deployed.”
Commander Task Unit and Commanding Officer Anzac, Commander Michael Devine, said Anzac has completed a very successful South East Asian Deployment, which has reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to developing strong and positive relations with nations in the region
“The highly professional standard set by Anzac’s ship’s company throughout the deployment was critical to the successful achievement of the mission to know and understand the region, enhance international relationships and maintain the ADF’s ongoing routine presence in the south east Asian region,” Commander Devine said.