HMAS Melbourne completes her final voyage

September 28, 2019 – HMAS Melbourne (III) has returned to her homeport of Sydney this week, marking the end of her final voyage. Melbourne berthed alongside Fleet Base East at Garden Island with her decommissioning pennant and battle ensign flying one last time. A number of the ship’s former Commanding Officers were aboard for her final return to port. Melbourne’s current Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler said bringing the 138-metre-long warship home for the last time left him with mixed emotions. “There was definitely a stinging feeling knowing that this…

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HMAS Melbourne Pays Final Visit to Namesake

September 13, 2019 – HMAS Melbourne has arrived in the City of Melbourne for her final port visit before she is decommissioned next month. The 138-metre-long warship berthed alongside Station Pier today, ahead of a four-day port visit to say goodbye to the city where she was built. Melbourne’s crew of more than 180 officers and sailors will exercise their Freedom of Entry to the city tomorrow at 11am, by marching up Swanston Street towards Town Hall. Commanding Officer Commander Marcus Buttler said the visit would be bittersweet with the…

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Hobart Welcomes HMAS Melbourne

August 16, 2019 – The guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne, and her 180-strong ship’s company arrived in the City of Hobart for one of her final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year. The 138-metre-long warship pulled alongside Macquarie Wharf Number 2 this morning, ahead of a four-day port visit which will include a public open day on Saturday, 17 August 2019. The ship will also visit Devonport from 23 to 25 August before sailing to South Australia. Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, said the visit would be…

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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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HMAS Melbourne sets sails for final year of service

March 28, 2019 – On a clear autumn afternoon, before a backdrop of Sydney Harbour, HMAS Melbourne departed Fleet Base East this week for a voyage through the Pacific and South East Asian waters. The Commanding Officer of HMAS Melbourne, Commander Marcus Buttler said he was looking forward to the next few months. “It’s sad to think about those at home when we sail from Sydney on deployment, but I’m excited about what the ship and crew will achieve on this trip,” he said. Melbourne will visit locations across the…

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