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September 2, 2010
e sails for Slipper
Macey, who has left behind a young
wife, Electra, and a three-week old
baby, Zain; and also ABET James Mills,
who farewelled his fiancée and three-
month-old son, Charlie.
ABET Mills said he would marry
his fiancée in March next year, after
Melbourne returned home.
"This is a good opportunity to take
part in an operational deployment
before we marry and also while Charlie
is so young," he said.
There were also a large number of
young sailors, such as ABET Ashley
Callaghan, 19, who were about the
same age as their warship, but far less
"This is my first operational deploy-
ment and I'm a little nervous because I
don't know what to expect," she said.
Many sailors told Navy News that
doing their duty away from home would
be made easier by Melbourne's new
cyber café, which includes Skype for
Melbourne's crew will not only be
conducting anti-piracy patrols during
their deployment but also contributing
to a worthy cause through a fundraising
initiative for Legacy.
LSPT Trish Muller said the 'Legacy
ultra marathon' aimed to raise $20,000
through sponsorship for 20 sailors who
would individually or collectively walk,
jog or run around Melbourne's flight-
deck for the entire time the ship was at
sea.Families and friends can make a
donation online at www.everydayhero.
thon_team. In addition to watching the
'hero-metre' rise, an update of the kilo-
metres completed will be posted daily
Melbourne has deployed for
six months to the MEAO as part of
Operation Slipper -- the ADF's contri-
bution to the international campaign
against terrorism, countering piracy in
the Gulf of Aden, and maritime security.
During her deployment, Melbourne
will help provide security in the mari-
time environment, promoting regional
stability and global prosperity.
These operations complement the
counter-terrorism and security efforts
of regional nations and seek to disrupt
violent extremists' use of the maritime
environment as a venue for attack or to
transport personnel, weapons or other
This is the 24th rotation of a RAN
Fleet unit to the region since operations
began in September 2001. Melbourne
has not deployed on Op Slipper since
her first tour to the Middle East in 2002.
YOUNG LOVE: (Right) AB
Ian Devenish is farewelled
by his partner, Tamare, as
he prepares to board HMAS
(Below) LSWTR Marcus
Parkinson is farewelled by
his wife, Kerri, and twin boys
Owen and Lucas.
(Bottom) LS Scott Gordon
farewells his wife, Holly,
before boarding the ship.
Photos: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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