Sailors re­turn for a rest

Kwinana Courier - - News -

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.”

Pic­ture: Royal Aus­tralian Navy, LSET Adam Jaynes

An MRH-90 he­li­copter from HMAS Ade­laide col­lects stores for trans­fer be­tween the Cana­dian re­sup­ply ship MV As­terix and HMAS Toowoomba.

Pic­ture: LSIS Richard Cordell

(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.

Pic­ture: LSIS Richard Cordell

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.

Pic­ture: LSIS Richard Cordell

Able Sea­man Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems Niko­lai Gunn-Brock­hoff is wel­comed home by wife Rachel, daugh­ter Kiara and 11-month-old son Leon.

Pic­ture: LSIS LeeAnne Cooper

Royal Aus­tralian Navy Lead­ing Sea­man Elec­tron­ics Tech­ni­cian Rhys Clark with daugh­ter Ariel Clark (2).

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