HMAS Ballarat Home for Christmas

December 16, 2020 – HMAS Ballarat has returned to her homeport of Fleet Base West near Rockingham, Western Australia, following a successful Indian Ocean deployment. The Anzac Class frigate deployed in October with her 187-strong crew from 816 Squadron and embarked helicopter. During her nine weeks at sea, Ballarat participated in Exercise MALABAR, a high-end training activity alongside India, Japan…

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Seahawk Soars with Nimitz Carrier Strike Group

November 30, 2020 – HMAS Ballarat’s embarked MH-60R Seahawk helicopter has played a valuable role with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group during a passage exercise in the Indian Ocean. After the end of Exercise Malabar, the helicopter supported United States Ships Nimitz, guided-missile destroyer Sterett and guided-missile cruiser Princeton while embedded in Carrier Air Wing 17. Commanding Officer Ballarat Commander…

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Nimitz CSG Joined by HMAS Ballarat for Five Days

November 24, 2020 – The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, consisting of USS Nimitz (CVN-68), Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) conducted a cooperative deployment with Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFN 155) of the Royal Australian Navy Nov. 20-24. While operating together in the Indian Ocean, U.S. and Australian…

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Indian Naval Officer Thanks Ballarat for Rescue Role

November 20, 2020 – An Indian naval officer was keen to visit HMAS Ballarat during the ship’s Goa port visit between phases of Exercise Malabar to thank the frigate’s crew for the ship’s part in his rescue during the 2018 Golden Globe Race. Commander Abhilash Tomy had been sailing in the around-the-world yacht race when his vessel was damaged in…

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Nimitz CSG Participates in Malabar 2020

November 17, 2020 -The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, joined Australian, Indian, Japanese maritime forces for Phase II of Malabar 2020 in the Northern Arabian Sea, Nov. 17. This year marks the 24th iteration of Exercise Malabar, which began in 1992. The annual exercise advances the planning, integration, and employment of advanced warfare tactics between participating nations. “Malabar is an important…

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USS John S. McCain sails alongside JS Ōnami, HMAS Ballarat

November 7, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer JS Ōnami (DD 111) during integrated operations in the Indian Ocean, Nov. 6. The trilateral group sail commenced following the first phase of exercise Malabar, hosted by the Indian Navy in…

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Australia Joins Exercise MALABAR 2020

November 3, 2020 – Australia has joined key regional defence partners India, Japan and the United States for Exercise MALABAR 2020. HMAS Ballarat will be involved in activities this month to enhance maritime interoperability in support of regional peace and security. HMAS Ballarat will join Indian Navy Ships Shakti, Ranvijay, Sukanya, Shivalik; Indian submarine Sindhuraj; Indian Navy aircraft; United States…

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USS John S. McCain sails alongside HMAS Ballarat

October 30, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) during integrated operations in the South China Sea, Oct 27, 2020. Both ships conducted maneuvering drills, integrated tactical training, and warfighting scenarios while transiting together. McCain and Ballarat also conducted a combined transit to the Andaman Sea through the Strait of Malacca. “We find tremendous value…

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Ballarat Protects Energy Resources

October 20, 2020 – The crew of HMAS Ballarat has been reminded of the important role Navy plays in protecting Australia’s vital offshore energy resources, and the nation’s prosperity. An offshore gas platform and supporting vessels served as the backdrop to the silhouette of HMAS Ballarat’s superstructure as she patrolled through waters north-west of Western Australia on October 18. With…

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Force protection takes a lifesaving spin

August 24, 2020 – Force protection training onboard HMAS Ballarat has taken a lifesaving spin, with the Boatswain Mates treated to a dedicated exercise on how to save themselves, and their mates, while under battle fire. The training exercise was undertaken in preparation for Ballarat’s Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE), and later Mission Readiness Evaluation (MRE). It taught the front line…

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