With families and well-wishers waiting eagerly on the wharf, HMAS Stuart has returned to her home port of Fleet Base West after a three-month North East Asian Deployment.
While deployed, Stuart took part in a number of exercises conducted in the North East Asia region in company with HMA Ships Melbourne and Sirius.
Stuart Commanding Officer Commander Chris Leece said it had been a busy deployment for the ship and her crew of around 190 officers and sailors.
“During the deployment to Northern Australia and North East Asia, HMAS Stuart participated in several multi-lateral exercises, notably KAKADU, SINGAROO and BERSAMA LIMA,” he said.
“The roles of the Royal Australian Navy ships during this international engagement helped to strengthen capacity and integration into joint task operations with our North East Asia regional partners.
“While this was an operationally focussed deployment, Stuart was also able to conduct significant international engagement with partner nations, both through the conduct of the exercises and during port visits in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.”
Commander Leece praised the professionalism and efficiency that his ship’s company displayed during the deployment.
“In Stuart we are truly blessed with a happy, healthy and competent crew in whom I have the utmost confidence,” he said.
“Their collective professionalism and passion was crucial to the achievement of such a successful deployment.”
Commander Leece said Stuart’s successful deployment had enhanced Navy's international reputation as a capable partner of choice for Australia’s regional allies.