Hmas Stuart Welcomed Home

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Minister for Defence Materiel and Science

Saturday, 24 April 2010


HMAS Stuart welcomed home

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, today welcomed Royal

Australian Navy frigate HMAS Stuart back to her homeport of Garden Island,

Sydney, just in time for Anzac Day.

Returning from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations,

the Anzac-class frigate, carrying 185 men and women, was welcomed alongside

by Mr Combet and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore

AM CSC RAN, along with family and friends.

Mr Combet congratulated Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander

Andrew Masters RAN, on the ship’s successful deployment.

Stuart contributed to maritime operations in the Persian Gulf, countering piracy

off the Horn of Africa and providing maritime security,” Mr Combet said.

Stuart also contributed greatly to coalition efforts in the Middle East, undertaking

operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman as part of

Operation SLIPPER.

“I congratulate the Ship’s Company for their professionalism and commitment

throughout the long deployment.  Their efforts have built upon the outstanding

reputation of the Australian Defence Force in the Middle East.

“I thank the families and friends of those returning from the Gulf for their ongoing

support.  The men and women of Stuart are the pride of the nation and we will

reflect on their dedication and service on Anzac Day tomorrow,” Mr Combet said.

Commanding Officer Andrew Masters said, “The crew of Stuart has worked

tirelessly and conducted themselves with professionalism and dedication in

challenging conditions.  It is wonderful to be back in Sydney and to see the family

and friends we have all missed.”

This is the third time that Stuart has been deployed to the Gulf, with the frigate’s

return marking the completion of Navy’s 22nd rotation since September 2001.

HMAS Stuart has been replaced by HMAS Parramatta, which left Garden Island

in March.

Imagery of the arrival will be available after 4:00pm today at

Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet):

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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