HMAS Toowoomba has returned to its homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months.
Commanding Officer, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, said Toowoomba achieved many milestones since February, supporting an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities.
“I’m extremely proud of my ship’s company and the professionalism they displayed over the course of this highly successful deployment,” Commander Livingstone said.
“Toowoomba has participated in three exercises, the gruelling Principal Warfare Officer Assessment Week, and two regional deployments to engage with our regional partners and further Australia’s interests abroad.”
Toowoomba has sailed 40,125 nautical miles, or more than 74,000km, equivalent to 1.85 times around the world.
“The commitment shown by the ship’s company has allowed us to do much this year, with highlights being our role as Commander of the Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD Task Group Maritime Component and the multiple weapons and missile firings we conducted at Exercise RIMPAC.
“We have undertaken active roles within every sphere of maritime warfare and we have honed our skills in a real-time environment to ensure we are prepared to respond to any contingency,” Commander Livingstone said.
Throughout the deployment, the ship visited various ports around Australia, Guam, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Vanuatu, the United States, and Solomon Islands.
The ship’s company will now take some well-earned leave with the hundreds of family and friends who gathered on the wharf to welcome Toowoomba home.