The Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Parramatta returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney this morning.
|HMAS PARRAMATTA comes along side at Garden Island, Sydney after a deployment to the Middle East Area of Operation. |
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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The Anzac Class Frigate, carrying 192 men and women, has returned from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations, where she contributed to the international campaign against terrorism, countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and maritime security. The ship was welcomed home by the Minister for Defence Materiel the Hon. Jason Clare MP, the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore AM CSC RAN and many family and friends. Parramatta has made a significant contribution to the safety of vessels in maritime corridors during her deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER. Parramatta successfully responded to 14 distress calls in relation to suspected piracy events and successfully intercepted one pirate vessel in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor. Parramatta’s deployment represented a change in focus to the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in response to a heightened threat posed by violent extremists operating in the region. Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore congratulated the Commanding Officer of Parramatta, Commander Heath Robertson, on the successful deployment of his Ship’s Company. Commander Heath Robertson said the Ship’s Company was proud of their accomplishments but were pleased to be home. “The men and women of Parramatta have performed exceptionally well during what was a long and dynamic deployment and I’m very proud of what they’ve achieved. It is great to be back in Sydney today with our family and friends,” said Commander Heath Robertson. “I congratulate the Ship’s Company for their dedication and professionalism and thank the family and friends of those who serve for their tireless support and love.” This is the third time that Parramatta has deployed to the Gulf, with the frigate’s return marking the completion of Navy’s twenty-third rotation since September 2001. Parramatta has been replaced by HMAS Melbourne, which left Garden Island, Sydney in August.
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