Family and friends waved goodbye to HMAS Huon as she departed HMAS Waterhen recently to head north on a three-month deployment in support of Operation RESOLUTE.
Having recently completed an extensive training and evauation period, the crew are looking forward to developing new skills in support of the operational tasking.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Caton, PSM, RAN, took the time to thank the families for their support and to recognise that the deployment would see the ship away from home over the Christmas and New Year period.
"I thank you in advance for your continued support and perseverance which is critical to our ship being able to do its job properly," he said.
After a brief stop in Cairns enroute, Huon will arrive in Darwin before undertaking some specialised training and assessment. The ship will take over the reins from sister ship HMAS Diamantina, which has been deployed in support of RESOLUTE for the last few months.
The deployment marks Huon’s second deployment in support of Operation RESOLUTE in the past 12 months and a continuing commitment by the Mine Hunter Coastal ships to supporting operations outside their core mine counter-measure role.
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