Australia — HMAS Kanimbla farewelled

The last of the Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy’s Amphibi­ous Land­ing Plat­forms, HMAS Kan­im­bla, was decom­mis­sioned at her home­port of Gar­den Island, in Syd­ney, today.

Kanimbla’s ded­i­cat­ed ser­vice was acknowl­edged in a tra­di­tion­al cer­e­mo­ny attend­ed by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admi­ral Ray Grig­gs, AM, CSC, RAN and past and present crew.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny the Aus­tralian White Ensign was low­ered for the last time and hand­ed to the Com­mand­ing Offi­cer, Com­man­der Bren­don Zilko, RAN.

“Today rep­re­sents the clos­ing of a fine chap­ter in the his­to­ry of Navy’s Amphibi­ous Fleet,” Com­man­der Zilko said.

HMAS Kan­im­bla has pro­vid­ed out­stand­ing ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to duty over her 17 years, active­ly sup­port­ing Nation­al and coali­tion oper­a­tions span­ning from the West­ern Pacif­ic to the Mid­dle East.”

“Kan­im­bla was the first Coali­tion ves­sel to sup­ply urgent­ly need­ed med­ical sup­plies to civil­ian hos­pi­tals in Bagh­dad.”

“Kan­im­bla also under­took numer­ous human­i­tar­i­an aid and dis­as­ter relief mis­sions pro­vid­ing relief to thou­sands of peo­ple in Van­u­atu, Indone­sia and East Tim­or.”

“Today it is also impor­tant to acknowl­edge the hard work of Kanimbla’s past and present serv­ing per­son­nel. They are the lifeblood of the ship, and Kanimbla’s proud his­to­ry is theirs. Their ded­i­ca­tion is what has allowed Kan­im­bla to respond to the numer­ous task­ings direct­ed by Gov­ern­ment in both war and peace.”

“Kanimbla’s suc­cess­es will be built on into the future with the intro­duc­tion of the Can­ber­ra Class Land­ing Heli­copter Dock pro­vid­ing advanced amphibi­ous capa­bil­i­ty to Navy.”

“To tide us over until the LHD’s arrive, ADFS Choules will short­ly be com­mis­sioned, enabling Navy to con­tin­ue its vital role in the region.”

Kan­im­bla is a heli­copter capa­ble amphibi­ous trans­port ship with a 40 bed hos­pi­tal, which has seen an army con­tin­gent embed­ded as part of her crew. A his­to­ry of her ser­vice is avail­able at http://www.navy.gov.au/Ship_Histories.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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