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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
February 14, 2013
THERE could not be a more jubilant wel-
come for a Navy warship returning from
deployment than the Australia Day home-
coming HMAS Anzac received from cheer-
ing family and friends in Sydney Harbour.
Anzac glided into the harbour amid
Australia Day celebrations on January 26
after completing a six-month deployment
to Operation Slipper.
More than 100 ships competing in the
Australia Day Regatta were in the harbour
to welcome Anzac, while almost 1000 fam-
ily and friends cheered wildly when she
berthed at Fleet Base East.
Some of Anzac's crew members had
planned their homecoming and reunion
with family and loved ones.
As Anzac berthed, ABATA Luke
Molloy unveiled a giant banner for his girl-
friend that read: "My sweet Kirsty will you
An excited Kirsty Furner squealed in
surprise and nodded in acknowledgement.
ABATA Molloy said he started planning
the marriage proposal at the half-way mark
of the deployment.
"We met as Air Force cadets more than
10-years ago and I figured it was time to tie
the knot," he said.
LS Will Turpin was at the wharf to
meet his wife ABMED Jodie Turpin who
returned with Anzac.
Owing to Navy's high operational
tempo, they have not celebrated a wedding
anniversary together since they married in
"One of us has always been away on a
course or a deployment," LS Turpin said.
"We have done consecutive deploy-
ments to Op Slipper but we hope we will
be together for our anniversary this year."
Another reunion had well-wishers
seeing double when LCPL Gavin Floyd
hugged his twin brother WO Leslie Floyd
who returned with Anzac.
"Perhaps absence does make the heart
grow fonder but in any case we'll be seeing
more of each other this year because I have
been posted to NUSHIP Canberra's SAD,"
LCPL Floyd said.
Anzac's deployment earned not only
praise from the top brass but six 2012
Fleet awards including the prestigious
CO Anzac CMDR John Stavridis said
the secret of Anzac's success was the pro-
fessionalism and dedication to duty of her
"None of Anzac's achievements would
have been possible without this crew," he
"Everyone on board Anzac has been a
part of a tight-knit team during this deploy-
ment, working in arduous and tough condi-
tions to secure the maritime environment
for legitimate trade."
After the arrival, CMDR Stavridis hand-
ed over command to the incoming CO,
CMDR Jason Hunter.
See the centrespread for more highlights from
Anzac's MEAO deployment.
NAVY helicopters and Air Force
fighter jets took to the sky over
Sydney Harbour to celebrate
Australia Day in grand style.
The celebrations on the
Harbour were focused around the
warship HMAS Sydney, which
served as the flagship for the 177th
Australia Day Regatta.
The regatta involved 100 sail-
ing ships and celebrated the arrival
of the First Fleet.
Sydney was supported by a
816SQN Seahawk that flew around
the harbour with a large Australian
flag draped beneath its wheel car-
riage, the Navy Band, Hawk fight-
ers and a 21-gun salute fired by a
battery from Army's 8 Bde.
In his welcome address to 100
VIPs, CO Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann noted the significance
of Sydney's splendid history, bat-
tle honours and pride as testified
through her motto of 'thorough
He said the frigate's suc-
cess hosting so many people on
Australia Day was a tribute to the
hard work of her ship's company.
"Sydney's ship's company has
worked tirelessly for two weeks to
get her ship shape for the Australia
Day celebrations and her 30th
anniversary celebration on January
29," he said.
Sydney's cooks and steward's
provided more than 100 guests
with a buffet luncheon.
They provided Aussie cuisine
and hospitality that featured roast
lamb, king prawns, oysters and
several spicy curries.
ABCK Cherie Bernard said the
cooks succeeded in showcasing
"The cooks have an important
role in maintaining the crew's
morale so we want people in the
wider community to see how well
sailors eat," she said.
The Navy Band, led by
ABMUSN Chris Thompson, gave
a performance that featured many
Australian classics that had guests
dancing on the flight-deck.
Elsewhere in NSW, HMA Ships
Huon and Yarra joined the Hunter
community at Throsby Wharf as
part of the Newcastle Maritime
Festival on Australia Day.
CO Yarra LCDR Brendan
O'Hara said a number of his crew
had family ties to the Hunter
and the open day marked a great
opportunity to showcase life in the
Navy to families, friends and the
"It is an exciting time to be in
the Navy," he said.
Sydney takes pride of place on Harbour
Let us rejoice in Anzac
ALL CUDDLES: LSATA Brent McKenzie with his sons, (L-R) Remm, Wade and Beau, on the wharf at Garden
Island after his return on HMAS Anzac.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
TOP SPOT: HMAS Sydney was
the flagship of the Australia Day
Regatta in Sydney Harbour.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
LONG AWAITED: ABATA Luke Molloy
proposes to his fiancé Kirsty on arrival
at FBE. Inset, Hayley and Chelsea await
the arrival of their dad LS Brad Sharman.
Photos: ABIS Jesse Rhynard and ABIS Dove Smithett
AWARDS CAP OFF YEAR
HMAS Anzac was awarded
the Gloucester Cup and five
other major Fleet awards for
her achievements last year.
Anzac received the cup as
the unit/crew/squadron fore-
most in all aspects of opera-
tions, safety, reliability and unit
level training. COMAUSFLT
RADM Tim Barrett said Anzac's
performance during 2012 was
"Faced with the significant
challenge of bringing a ship
out of extended readiness, the
ship's company successfully
completed unit readiness and
mission readiness evalua-
tions at first attempt and finally
delivered a strong operational
effect in the MEAO," he said.
"These significant achieve-
ments can be directly traced
to the professionalism of this
ship's company and as such
they are deserved winners."
Other awards Anzac received:
the Spada Shield as the
surface combatant fore-
most in operations, safety,
reliability, warfare and unit
the Commodore Wardle
Cup for the highest stand-
ard in Fleet communica-
the Wormald Shield for the
highest standard in combat
the Supply Excellence
the Electronic Warfare
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