Sailors return for a rest
THERE was a proud homecoming on the weekend for the crew of HMAS
Toowoomba as she returned for a well-earned rest after a seven-month deployment.
HMAS Toowoomba crew received an enthusiastic and sometimes teary welcome from the hundreds of family and friends gathered on the wharf at Fleetbase West on Saturday.
She visited ports around Australia and internationally, including Guam, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Vanuatu, the US and Solomon Islands.
One of its exercises, dubbed Exercise RIMPAC 2018 (Exercise Rim of the Pacific), is a biennial military training exercise aimed at strengthening international maritime partnerships and ensuring the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential scenarios.
It is the world’s largest maritime exercise, involving 25,000 personnel from 25 countries.
It was held from June 27 to August 2 in Hawaii and off the coast of California.
Commanding Officer Mitchell Livingstone said
Toowoomba supported an extensive series of exercises, international engagements and training activities.
“I’m extremely proud of my ship’s company and the professionalism they displayed over the course of this highly successful deployment,” he said.
“Toowoomba has participated in three exercises, the gruelling Principal Warfare Officer Assessment Week, and two regional deployments to engage with our regional partners and further Australia’s interests abroad.”
“The commitment shown by the ship’s company has allowed us to do much this year, with highlights being our role as Commander of the Exercise Bersama Shield Task Group Maritime Component and the multiple weapons and missile firings we conducted at Exercise Rim of the Pacific.”
An MRH-90 helicopter from HMAS Adelaide collects stores for transfer between the Canadian resupply ship MV Asterix and HMAS Toowoomba.
(Left) Commander Mitchell Livingstone is greeted by his wife Chelsea and sons Fletcher (3 years) and Harry (2 years) after HMAS Toowoomba returned home to Fleet Base West after a seven month deployment.
The family of Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Shane Challis: his father Brad, daughter Ayla, partner Ashleigh and mum Kerry wait for him to return.
Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Nikolai Gunn-Brockhoff is welcomed home by wife Rachel, daughter Kiara and 11-month-old son Leon.
Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Rhys Clark with daughter Ariel Clark (2).