HMAS Melbourne Returns from Deployment

November 16, 2018 – HMAS Melbourne has returned to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after nearly six months of operations throughout the Pacific and North East Asian regions. According to the Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, the deployment was a great success as the ship fulfilled all of its assigned tasks and responsibilities. “Ship’s Company were outstanding, and we wouldn’t have completed our mission without the hard work and dedication of the 220 men and women who make up the heart and soul of HMAS Melbourne,” CMDR Buttler…

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JMSDF Acknowledges Allies’ Assistance in North Korea Monitoring

November 6, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Defense and the SDF are monitoring waters suspected of violating UN Security Council resolutions in order to prevent “settlements”, and since January this year, since 10 cases that are strongly suspected of implementing ” I have made public. About one month from the end of April this year and about one month from mid September against the United States against illegal marine activities including North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by a UN Security Council resolution Half, based on the US Army…

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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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US Army up close with Melbourne

International engagement during Exercise RIMPAC started early for HMAS Melbourne as the ship welcomed aboard 20 soldiers from the US Army in Hawaii. The American troops from the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) stepped aboard for a tour of the ship while she was alongside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to learn about her capabilities and history. The 5th BCD guests were surprised to learn of Melbourne’s 26 years of operational service and her links to the United States Navy as a variant of its Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate.…

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Three’s company for Commonwealth Navies

Ships representing three of Her Majesty’s Navies have practiced a number of maritime evolutions on their way to war games in Hawaii. HMA Ships Adelaide, Melbourne and Success were joined by HMNZS Te Mana and HMCS Vancouver of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Canadian Navies respectively as the Joint Task Group transited towards Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC 2018), a large-scale multinational maritime exercise. All five ships used their transit in company to sharpen their skills ahead of RIMPAC 2018 by conducting Officer of the Watch manoeuvres,…

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ADF exercises interoperability at RIMPAC

More than 1600 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have arrived in the United States ahead of a month of focused military training activities with 26 nations from across the globe for Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. The ADF has deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba and Melbourne which have been part of the Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018 task group, one submarine, diving personnel, an amphibious landing force from the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft to RIMPAC. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the…

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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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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY

Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will participate in Exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY, a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise, from 1–3 November 2017. The biennial exercise demonstrates a shared commitment by Australia and the ROK to regional security and security of the Korean peninsula. Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8 maritime patrol aircraft will participate in the exercise with six ROK ships, a submarine and a maritime surveillance aircraft from the ROK Navy. Commander of the Joint Task Group Captain…

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Melbourne visits Sasebo

HMAS Melbourne recently visited Sasebo as the first of three port visits across Japan as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. The visit was primarily for resupply and crew respite, so the crew made the most of the opportunity taking time out to see the sights. Some members of the crew also travelled to the historical city of Nagasaki, infamous for the atomic bomb attack at 11:02am on 9 August 1945. The atomic bomb was nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ and it changed the Japanese landscape forever after exploding. Lieutenant Commander Tony…

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Melbourne visits Sasebo

HMAS Melbourne recently visited Sasebo as the first of three port visits across Japan as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. The visit was primarily for resupply and crew respite, so the crew made the most of the opportunity taking time out to see the sights. Some members of the crew also travelled to the historical city of Nagasaki, infamous for the atomic bomb attack at 11:02am on 9 August 1945. The atomic bomb was nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ and it changed the Japanese landscape forever after exploding. Lieutenant Commander Tony…

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Brunei visit reinforces relationship

One of Australia’s long-standing regional relationships, spanning more than seven decades, was celebrated during HMAS Melbourne’s recent visit to Brunei Darussalam. Participating in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment, Melbourne was officially welcomed alongside Muara wharf by an honor guard and to a rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ performed by the Royal Brunei Navy Band. Coinciding with His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Brunei’s Golden Jubilee, Melbourne hosted senior members of the Government, Ministry of Defence and diplomatic corps. An official reception was attended by First Admiral (Ret’d) Dato Aziz,…

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Regional military cooperation strengthened

A group of warships departed Sydney on 4 September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region – grouped as Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate, which is being led by Canberra class amphibious ship…

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