HMAS Broome on Patrol

December 14, 2018 – As Navy commissions new Major Fleet Units, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons and construction begins on the new Offshore Patrol Vessels, the fleet of boats in Australia’s northern most approaches remains constantly on watch. The crews of these Armidale class Patrol Boats (ACPBs) – sleek 56.8m machines capable of steaming at more than 25 knots – maintain an essential array of defence and border protection functions and strong and enduring relationships with our close neighbours. Captain Patrol Boats Captain Jason Hunter says the fleet of ACPBs, along…

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City celebrates HMAS Ararat visit

The crew of HMAS Ararat celebrated 75 years of association with its city namesake by exercising its right to Freedom of Entry to Ararat, Victoria recently. It was the first time the city had granted Freedom of Entry to Ararat (II) and despite a cold and cloudy day the locals turned out in their hundreds to give a warm welcome to the Darwin-based crew. Commanding Officer Ararat (II), Lieutenant Commander Fiona Simmonds, said the officers and sailors were honoured to be part of the vessel’s history and proud to tell…

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