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HMAS Huon's four-month
deployment to the Top End came
to a successful end last month
when she returned to her home-
port of HMAS Waterhen.
More than 100 family, friends
and Navy colleagues welcomed
Huon home on September 23,
just in time for her to participate
in the International Fleet Review.
AB Megan Paton was excited
to be reunited with her daughter
"It's great to be home," said
AB Paton, whose husband is also
in the Navy and cared for Emily
while AB Paton was at sea.
To recognise the personal
sacrifices made by the fami-
lies, COMMHP CAPT Robert
Plath presented Defence
Medallions to the children of
Huon's ship's company.
Huon's deployment, which
featured a 12-week stint on
Operation Resolute, marked
a milestone achievement for
the ship's company of 46 who
deployed on 24-hours notice.
CO Huon LCDR Jace
Hutchison said he was proud of
his crew for its hard work and
achievements during the border
"The highlight of the deploy-
ment was that a mine hunter
coastal (MHC) platform was
able to participate successfully
in Resolute and complete the job
expected of us," he said.
Huon began her deployment
by completing an arduous mis-
sion readiness exercise.
"All the scenarios and seri-
als we completed during the
mission rehearsal exercise were
things we actually experienced
during Resolute," he said.
"It is incredible how dynamic
Resolute really is, because one
minute we were doing fisheries
and the next we did entirely dif-
Huon was primarily assigned
to fisheries surveillance task-
ing, often with an Australian
Fisheries Management Agency
officer on board.
LCDR Hutchison said
Huon's boarding party conduct-
ed numerous boardings of for-
eign fishing vessels.
"Huon conducted what is
believed to be the first SIEV
boarding by an MHC platform,"
"Huon also found herself
involved in three search and
rescue activities and the long
haul transfer of passengers from
Ashmore Island to Darwin or to
other border protection assets."
In addition to Resolute, Huon
also searched for and found a
$250,000 rescue craft that was
lost by MV Far Grip.
"This was like finding a nee-
dle in a haystack, but with a bit
of luck and a thorough search
and rescue plan, the craft was
located and a rendezvous estab-
lished to return it to another
vessel owned by the company,"
LCDR Hutchison said.
Huon was also involved in
Exercise Cassowary with HMAS
Wollongong, KRI Hui and KRI
from top job
HMAS Huon prepares
to berth alongside
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
SBLT Bianca Wise
THE musical cast of South Pacific, cur-
rently showing at the Sydney Opera
House, shared a salute with the crew of
HMAS Huon before the International
Fleet Review (IFR) in Sydney.
Opera Australia publicist Sarah
Wilson said the cast was particularly
interested in the salutes.
"Having learnt to salute for a stage
show, it was great to see a real naval
salute in action," she said.
Following a photo opportunity on
board, the crew of Huon gave the cast of
South Pacific a tour.
"We were incredibly impressed with
the hospitality of the crew, and could see
that despite having to live, work and sleep
in some very tight spaces, the crew is a
well disciplined team," Ms Wilson said.
Cast member Rowan Witt enjoyed
the opportunity to go aboard Huon.
"From a character point of view it
was really great to see the interactions
between ranks, observe how the men
carried themselves and feel everyone's
sense of duty and order," he said.
"The fact that Huon has been clear-
ing up the thousands of undetonat-
ed mines that were placed around the
Pacific in WWII also seems ironic and
Set in a US naval base on a tropical
island during WWII, South Pacific is the
sweeping romantic story of two couples,
threatened by the realities of war.
With the antics of the US Seabees
keeping the musical at a fast pace, South
Pacific is a snapshot of the US Navy in
The show is scheduled to run until
IN THE NAVY: The cast from the theatre production of South Pacific, currently
showing at the Sydney Opera House, with personnel on the forecastle of
Photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
BACK HOME: CAPT Robert Plath presents Brigit Raward with a Certificate of Recognition
for perseverance on the home front during her Dad's deployment (above left) while LSMW
Damien Baum holds his daughter Karley (above right).
Photos: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
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