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June 23, 2011
THE 190 men and women of HMAS
Stuart are returning to their home
port in Sydney after a successful
six-month deployment to the Middle
East conducting maritime operations
as part of Operation Slipper.
Stuart has handed over responsi-
bility for maritime operations in the
Middle East to HMAS Toowoomba,
which began operations on June 2.
Toowoomba's deployment marks the
26th rotation by a RAN ship to the
Middle East Area of Operations since
Stuart's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Brett Sonter, said during her
deployment the ship provided mari-
time security around the Horn of
Africa, conducted counter-piracy and
anti-smuggling operations in the Gulf
of Aden and supported the counter-
terrorism activities of coalition part-
"I am extremely proud of the pro-
fessionalism and commitment the
ship's company has demonstrated over
the past six months," CMDR Sonter
"They have exceeded expectations
and presented Navy as highly skilled
and essential coalition partner."
During her deployment, Stuart
responded to more than 300 maritime
enquiries and conducted 19 anti-piracy
and verification boardings.
Stuart's mission complete
She also undertook 11 approach
and assist visits, participated in search
and rescue operations and helped
numerous vessels requiring medical or
CMDR Sonter said among the
more notable achievements was
Stuart's rescue of three Yemeni fisher-
men held hostage by suspected Somali
pirates off the Horn of Africa, as well
as the disabling, by live-fire, of an
unoccupied skiff being towed by the
pirated ship, Merchant Vessel Sinar
"This is an extremely volatile
maritime environment and without the
unrelenting commitment of my crew
we would never have been able to suc-
cessfully complete these demanding
missions," CMDR Sonter said.
"I would also like to acknowl-
edge the invaluable support we have
received over the past six months from
family and friends. This was vital to
the success of our deployment."
HMAS Stuart interdicts
a Yemeni-flagged dhow
and rescues three crew
members being held hos-
tage by suspected Somali
pirates off the Horn of
Africa on April 11.
TOWARDS the end of HMAS
Stuart's deployment, the ship
visited Aqaba, Jordan, giving the
crew a chance to explore some of
the area's landmark sites.
By far the most popular cultural
experience was visiting the city of
Petra. The crew also visited the
Dead Sea, where some sailors
experienced the sensation of
effortlessly floating on the surface
As well as organised tours,
many of the crew enjoyed
Jordanian culture through shop-
ping and traditional dining, and the
ship's dive team explored some
Crew's Jordan visit a hit
of the best dive sites the Red Sea
has to offer.
The visit to Aqaba was a great
opportunity for Stuart's crew to
interact with Jordanians and expe-
rience their fascinating culture and
-- LCDR Neville Cook
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