Home' Navy News : August 30th 2012 Contents Michael Brooke
A PERFECT Sydney winter's day
became all the better when the ship's
company of HMAS Melbourne received
the war mest of welcomes after a highly
successful deployment on Op Slipper.
More than 300 family, friends
and Navy personnel, including
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Bar rett,
were on hand to welcome Melbourne on
The homecoming was especially
memorable for those who received mar-
riage proposals or embraced their new-
bor n children.
Waiting for LEUT Michael
Wisniewski was his wife Rita, children
Alyssa and Matthew and new-bor n son
Adam was born on April 11 and a
satellite phone hook-up enabled LEUT
Wisniewski to talk to his wife during the
LEUT Wisniewski received digital
imagery of his son within 24 hou rs of
the birth and was granted compassionate
leave a couple of weeks later to go home
to hold Adam for the first time.
"Now that I'm home I've got a lot to
make up for and give my wife a rest," he
Melbourne's supply officer, LCDR
Joanna Floyd, was lost for words and could
only say "yes" when her partner proposed
after she descended the gangway.
"The high point for me is definitely
retur ning home to a marriage propos-
al after completing such a successful
deployment," she said.
LSEW Steve Taylor was greeted
home from his first deployment by his
wife Bianca, who was holding a large
sign that read: "Squizzy, will you marry
me ... again!"
LSEW Taylor said he was over-
whelmed by the homecoming.
"I'm really proud of what we
achieved during the deployment but
nothing can match the euphoria of the
homecoming," he said.
LS Andrew Parker returned to FBE to
find his fiancée waving a large sign that
read: "I'm proud of you sexy-bum".
LS Parker was gob-smacked at the
nickname but was nonetheless appre-
ciative of the welcome from fiancée
"It was a great deployment because
we really kicked some goals for maritime
security in the region," he said.
"We achieved a lot, but for me the
highlight was the homecoming, which
kicked off the countdown to our wedding
ABMT Richard Ewen returned from
his first deployment which he described
as stressful but rewarding.
"It's been a long six months away
from the family, but email was a pretty
good way to stay in touch between regu-
lar duties and the watches," he said.
SMNCSO Ellie Graham joined
Melbourne during the last five weeks
and gained invaluable experience that
will ser ve her well if the FFG returns to
"That was my first operational
deployment and I lear nt a lot in a very
short period of time," she said.
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August 30, 2012
All smiles on return
''-- RADM Tim Barrett
From the sailors
all the way to the
CO, the ship's
highest virtues of
Melbourne conducted 70
maritime queries in the
Boarding parties conducted
23 flag verification board-
ings and 12 approach and
Melbourne's Seahawk flew
over 330 hours.
The return to FBE marked
the end of the 28th rotation
of Navy ships to the MEAO
since September 2001.
This was Melbourne's third
deployment to the Gulf.
WELCOME HOME: HMAS Melbourne's ship's company make its
way off the gangway to awaiting family and friends after a six-month
deployment to the MEAO.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
CELEBRATION: Families and friends of Melbourne's crew cheer and wave as the ship prepares to berth
alongside Fleet Base East.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
BIG HUG: LEUT Michael Wisniewski gets a giant welcome home from his wife Rita and children Alyssa,
Matthew and Adam. LEUT Wisniewski had only spent four days with his son Adam before his return home.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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