Topic: HMAS Melbourne (F05)
In a true display of Anzac spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.
Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The call of the sea and the opportunity to serve his country has lured Shane Gorman away from his family home in Queensland’s Wide Bay and to the Middle East, where he is a sailor serving in the Navy warship HMAS Melbourne.
HMAS Melbourne has apprehended nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia during a maritime security patrol in the region.
Despite the national excitement surrounding the Fleet Entry and the International Fleet Review, it was a case of duty first for HMAS Melbourne and her dedicated ship’s company.
HMAS Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.
The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS Newcastle there was an added incentive.
The officers and sailors of the Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Melbourne, are embracing Ocsober, the annual fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October.
HMAS Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.
The next Royal Australian Navy ship to see service in the Middle East Area of Operations has undergone an important treatment in Western Australia before sailing for foreign seas.