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January 31, 2013
LEUT Sarah West
JUST three days before the New
Year dawned, loved ones lined the
wharf at Fleet Base West to give the
crew of HMAS Toowoomba a heart-
felt send-off as the Australian war-
ship set sail for the Middle East.
A crowd of around 500 family
and friends attended the departure
ceremony at HMAS Stirling o n
December 28, braving a sweltering
41 degrees to give Toowoomba’s 190
officers and sailors a fitting farewell.
The Anzac-class frigate will
spend the next six months on duty
in the Middle East assigned on
Operation Slipper, enforcing mari-
time security as part of the multina-
tional Combined Maritime Taskforce.
Commander Australian Surface
Forces CMDR Jonathan Mead was
impressed by the crew’s mission
“The work will be difficult, and
the challenges immense, but our sail-
ors are world’s best,” CMDR Mead
“The men and women of
Toowoomba have undergone months
of rigorous training to prepare for the
Representing both the Defence
Minister and the Defence Science
and Personnel Minister, Senator
Louise Pratt asserted the importance
of Toowoomba’s mission.
“You will be providing essential
naval support to coalition maritime
security operations, counter-piracy,
counter-narcotic and counter-ter-
rorism activities in the MEAO,” she
It is the third time Toowoomba
has been deployed on Op Slipper.
CO Toowoomba CMDR Brendon
Zilko said his crew had received tre-
mendous support from family while
preparing for the six-month mission.
“The sheer number of people
here today is a representation of
how many lives are affected when an
Australian warship deploys,” CMDR
“All of these people here today
deserve recognition, because we
couldn’t do our job without their sup-
port at home.”
Families put on a brave face when
it was time for the crew to ‘man
Toowoomba’s crew lined the port
side, while family and friends lined
the wharf for one last wave.
Once under way, Toowoomba’s
first task was to perform a short cer-
emony to scatter the ashes of a num-
ber of deceased veteran sailors, who
had left instructions for their ashes
to be scattered into the Indian Ocean.
Then, on January 6, Toowoomba
commenced operations, making way
for HMAS Anzac to begin her jour-
Toowoomba is expected to com-
plete her mission mid-year, for a
June return to Fleet Base West into
the arms of some very eager families.
Goodbye and good luck
BON VOYAGE: Friends and family wave goodbye as
HMAS Toowoomba departs Fleet Base West. Above, AB
Corey Jones blows a kiss as Toowoomba departs. Right,
AB Christopher Edge says goodbye to his son Lucas and
Photos: LSIS Nina Fogliani
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