Australien — HMAS Stuart welcomed home

Greg Com­bet, Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel and Sci­ence, today wel­comed Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy frigate HMAS Stu­art back to her home­port of Gar­den Island, Syd­ney, just in time for Anzac Day.

Return­ing from a six-month deploy­ment to the Mid­dle East Area of Oper­a­tions, the Anzac-class frigate, car­ry­ing 185 men and women, was wel­comed along­side by Mr Com­bet and Com­man­der Aus­tralian Fleet, Rear Admi­ral Stephen Gilmore AM CSC RAN, along with fam­i­ly and friends.

Mr Com­bet con­grat­u­lat­ed Com­mand­ing Offi­cer HMAS Stu­art, Com­man­der Andrew Mas­ters RAN, on the ship’s suc­cess­ful deploy­ment.

“Stu­art con­tributed to mar­itime oper­a­tions in the Per­sian Gulf, coun­ter­ing pira­cy off the Horn of Africa and pro­vid­ing mar­itime secu­ri­ty,” Mr Com­bet said.

“Stu­art also con­tributed great­ly to coali­tion efforts in the Mid­dle East, under­tak­ing oper­a­tions in the Gulf of Aden, Ara­bi­an Gulf and Gulf of Oman as part of Oper­a­tion SLIPPER.

“I con­grat­u­late the Ship’s Com­pa­ny for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment through­out the long deploy­ment. Their efforts have built upon the out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion of the Aus­tralian Defence Force in the Mid­dle East.

“I thank the fam­i­lies and friends of those return­ing from the Gulf for their ongo­ing sup­port. The men and women of Stu­art are the pride of the nation and we will reflect on their ded­i­ca­tion and ser­vice on Anzac Day tomor­row,” Mr Com­bet said.

Com­mand­ing Offi­cer Andrew Mas­ters said, “The crew of Stu­art has worked tire­less­ly and con­duct­ed them­selves with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. It is won­der­ful to be back in Syd­ney and to see the fam­i­ly and friends we have all missed.”

This is the third time that Stu­art has been deployed to the Gulf, with the frigate’s return mark­ing the com­ple­tion of Navy’s 22nd rota­tion since Sep­tem­ber 2001.

HMAS Stu­art has been replaced by HMAS Par­ra­mat­ta, which left Gar­den Island in March.

Aus­tralian Min­istry of Defence