HMAS Ballarat and her ship’s company of 190 officers and sailors departed Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia for maritime security operations in the Middle East on Sunday 28 October 2018.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead joined family and friends to farewell the ship and loved ones for their nine-month deployment to Operation MANITOU.
RADM Mead said Ballarat would continue the RAN’s contribution to the Middle East region to ensuring safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce.
“HMAS Ballarat’s ship’s company depart today as the 67th rotation in the Middle East region, continuing the ADF’s contribution in support of international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity,” RADM Mead said.
“Thank you to the families and friends who provide great support to these highly professional men and women during their preparation and throughout the deployment. I wish Ballarat all the best for safely completing their mission.”
Ballarat’s Commanding Officer, Commander Paul Johnson, said the ship’s company were highly trained and motivated to carry out the tasks ahead.
“The men and women who serve in Ballarat have worked very hard preparing the ship for this long deployment,” Commander Johnson said.
“This will be the ship’s second deployment to the Middle East and we carry forward a considerable legacy.
“We sail with the knowledge our friends and families will support us the entire way as we work to make the world safer and more stable.”