November 11, 2020 – HMAS Arunta took time out to commemorate Remembrance Day during a visit to Sasebo Naval Base, Japan.
To mark the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I, and to commemorate those who have served and died in all wars and armed conflicts, ship’s company observed a minute’s silence on the flight deck at 1100 on 11 November.
Navy Chaplain Graham Swan said it was a little known fact that the Japanese Navy had sailed from Sasebo to escort the Australian ships transporting our soldiers to fight in the Great War.
“Japanese ships were also tasked with the defence of parts of the Australian coast during WWI when the bulk of the RAN ships were deployed to Europe,” Chaplain Swan said.
Arunta’s Commanding Officer Commander Troy Duggan also laid a wreath created by Chief Petty Officer Maritime Personnel Manager Tanya Lee and other members of the ship’s craft club.
Arunta has conducted numerous exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force over the past five months.
Arunta sailed from the Port of Darwin on 11 October for a six-week regional deployment throughout East Asia. The Australian Defence Force is committed to strengthening the longstanding security partnerships across Southeast Asia. Our relationships are based on mutual respect, trust and shared vision for a secure, open, prosperous and resilient Indo-Pacific.
Arunta will return to her homeport of Fleet Base West, Western Australia later this year after an absence of 164 days.