HMAS Melbourne PASSEX with PLAN Xianning

September 29, 2018 – HMAS Melbourne has completed a visit to the Chinese port of Zhanjiang and conducted a combined passage exercise with PLAN Xianning. Part of Navy’s North East Asian Deployment for 2018, the short passage exercise conducted after sailing from port included routine safety of life at sea drills, helicopter search and rescue operations, as well as navigation and ship handling exercises. The afternoon’s exercises culminated with a ceremonial ‘cheer ship’, with the ship’s companies of both Melbourne and Xianning on the upper decks of both ships to…

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HMAS Melbourne departs for seven month deployment

HMAS Melbourne has departed her home port of Fleet Base East bound for a seven month deployment to the South West Pacific and North East Asia. The ship’s company were enthusiastically joined by family and friends in a fond farewell to the frigate at Garden Island, Sydney. Melbourne’s deployment will include participation in the second iteration of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, Exercise KAKADU in Australia’s north and a variety of port visits and community engagement in the North East Asian region. She will also take part in one of the world’s largest…

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