HMAS Newcastle Decommissioned

July 2, 2019 – The last Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate built in Australia for the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Newcastle, was decommissioned at a rousing ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney on Sunday. Living up to the ship’s motto ‘enterprise’, the event was a celebration of Newcastle’s dedicated service to the Navy and the Nation over nearly 26 years. More than 600 friends, family, serving and former serving members attended the ceremony. Among the crowd of supporters was the ship’s Launching Lady, former Newcastle City Lady Mayoress Margaret…

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HMAS Newcastle completes final international deployment

June 12, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) today celebrated the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, with HMAS Newcastle arriving back in Australia. Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, said the Adelaide Class frigates have been an indispensable part of Navy’s role in protecting Australia’s maritime interests for almost forty years. “Adelaide Class ships have formed the backbone of many Navy operations since 1980, serving with distinction on complex missions and cementing our reputation as one of the…

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HMAS Melbourne Returns to Australia for Final Time

June 11, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy’s oldest Adelaide Class warship, HMAS Melbourne (III), has returned to Australia from her final overseas mission. The 138 metre-long Guided Missile Frigate arrived at Gladstone Port in Queensland today, following a three month deployment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM RAN, said Melbourne’s final deployment saw her successfully complete a range of essential maritime security operations with partner nations. “True to her motto ‘She Gathers Strength As She Goes’, Melbourne’s last deployment was no easy wind-down,…

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Decommissioned Frigate USS McClusky Expended as Target During RIMPAC 2018

Live fire from a ship and an aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sank the decommissioned frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles north of Kauai, Hawaii, July 19. The sinking exercise (SINKEX) provided participating units the opportunity to gain proficiency and confidence in their weapons and systems through realistic training that could not be duplicated in simulators. “This SINKEX was invaluable for exercising our interoperability as a combined maritime force, and also demonstrating and testing the tremendous warfighting skills…

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Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, December 9th after more than three decades of service to the nation. In a ceremony full of tradition, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, paid tribute to the service of the ship’s company past and present. “HMAS Darwin has laid down a proud history over her 33 years,” Vice Admiral Barrett said. “The ship and her successive companies have served Australia with distinction, being awarded battle honours three times for successful…

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HMAS Newcastle Completes Last RAN FFG Middle East Deployment

HMAS Newcastle returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, today following a six month deployment to the Middle East region. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, welcomed 230 members of the ship’s company home from the deployment, which included counter-terrorism and counter-piracy patrols as part of the Combined Maritime Forces and a two-week attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.

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Making more of the maritime

The Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force have been working ever closer together with a combined anti-submarine exercise undertaken as the Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group sails through regional waters. HMA Ships Darwin and Adelaide were recently joined in by the Air Force’s newest capability, the P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. The Poseidon provides up-to-date anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol features, and the leading-edge aircraft flew ahead of the force and dropped a remotely operated vehicle known as an Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target (or EMATT) into the…

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Sister ships share final transit

HMAS Darwin and her younger sister HMAS Melbourne have shared their last moments together, showing the rest of the Navy that the guided missile frigates are still an impressive capability. The Adelaide class frigates have deployed concurrently with a number of other Australian Navy ships to the Asian region, however, Darwin’s program will see her decommission before Melbourne returns home from the deployment in December. Seizing the opportunity, Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, invited Melbourne, led by Commander Charles Bourne, to join them for some challenging Navy maneuvers. The…

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HMAS Newcastle completes operations with US Fifth Fleet

HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf while deployed on maritime security operations in the Middle East Region (MER). During the two-week attachment supporting the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG-11), Newcastle conducted escort operations and a range of naval manoeuvres with US Navy ships. Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Major General John Frewen, said Newcastle’s role directly supported the international effort to ensure a free and open global maritime trading system covering some of the world’s most…

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