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December 10, 2009
By LEUT Kelli Lunt
HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR Ivan
Ingham) is home after a successful
deployment on Operation Slipper, arriv-
ing at Fleet Base West on December 7.
The broad range of capabilities and
the inherent flexibility of Australian war-
ships was demonstrated admirably during
the deployment to a greatly expanded
area of operations.
Most notably, Toowoomba disrupted
Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa as
part of a Coalition, NATO and European
naval operation to protect merchant ship-
ping. One such incident was caught on
camera during a dramatic confrontation
between suspected pirates and the RAN
crew on September 20.
Toowoomba also made an important
contribution to maritime security and
counter-terrorist operations in the Gulf
of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Australian
boarding parties searched suspect vessels
for illegal cargo, including drugs and
Toowoomba's CO CMDR Ivan
Ingham said it had been an eventful trip.
"Australians can be very proud of
what their Navy's people have achieved
here," he said.
During her deployment, Toowoomba
conducted 17 approach assist visit board-
ings while assigned to CTF151 and four
flag verification visits while assigned
to CTF150. Toowoomba also queried a
total of 118 vessels. The embarked S70B
helicopter completed 150 sorties equat-
ing to more than 250 flying hours of
CJTF633 MAJGEN Mark Kelly con-
gratulated Toowoomba's successful mis-
sion to enforce maritime security.
"You should be very proud of the con-
tribution you have made toward maritime
security and counter-terrorism operations
in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea,
as well as being the first Australian ship
to participate in counter-piracy operations
as part of TF151," MAJGEN Kelly said.
Continued Page 9
By SBLT Peter Shirley
HMAS Stuart (CMDR Andrew
Masters) has begun her first patrol
in support of Operation Slipper.
The Anzac class frigate is con-
ducting operations as part of
Australia's contribution to coalition
efforts against terrorism and to pro-
mote maritime security in the Gulf of
Aden, Somali Basin and the Arabian
Sea.Stuart left Fleet Base East on
October 26 after several intense
months of training preparations.
With heavy sea states initially,
she transited first to Fleet Base West
to complete mission rehearsal train-
ing, and then on to the MEAO with
port visits at Diego Garcia and Jebel
Ali in the United Arab Emirates.
For many of the ship's company,
this was the first time that they had
left Australian shores. Both ports
provided a welcome opportunity for
some respite and cultural interaction.
Following the port visit to Jebel
Ali, Stuart made her way to the
SAFE ARRIVAL: HMAS Stuart con-
ducts a RAS with USNS Bridge in
the MEAO. The Tartan Terror has now
begun counter-piracy operations as
part of Task Force 151.
Photo: LSA Nick Lowe
from Op Slipper
home to Fleet
Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt
On November 13 Stuart
formally assumed CTG
633.1, starting the RAN's
22nd operational rotation
in the Middle East and
Stuart's third deployment
to the area.
assigned patrol area in the Gulf of
Aden as part of Task Force 151,
Counter-Piracy. On November 13
Stuart formally assumed CTG 633.1,
starting the RAN's 22nd operation-
al rotation in the Middle East and
Stuart's third deployment to the area.
On arrival in the Gulf the com-
mander of CTF151, RADM Scott
Sanders, USN, and a number of his
staff, were flown to Stuart to conduct
a series of briefings.
The Admiral and his staff were
transferred from USS Chosin by
Stuart's Seahawk 'Mongrel'.
RADM Sanders and the Stuart
command team were treated to an
excellent lunch prepared by the
Supply Department. The Admiral
spent time in each of the messes
engaging in conversation with
personnel about the ship's role in
RADM Sanders said one of the
positive outcomes of counter-pira-
cy operations was the high level
of cooperation and goodwill being
shown by the participating navies.
The visit also provided an opportu-
nity for several of Stuart's crew to
visit the Ticonderoga class cruiser
and experience life in the USN for
Stuart's CO CMDR Andrew
Masters said Stuart's contribu-
tion was an integral part of the
Government's commitment to coun-
tering piracy in the Gulf of Aden
and maritime security abroad.
"Stuart is looking forward to the
challenges involved with CTF151
and I am confident that we will
acquit ourselves well as part of the
Coalition Task Force," he said.
HMAS Stuart begins Slipper ops
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