Australian Navy frigate completes six-month Middle East mission

Sailors onboard Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth returned to their homeport after six months away from home undertaking patrols of the Middle East as part of Operation Manitou.

Commanding Officer Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, was the first off the gangway and was met by his wife and Commander Surface Forces, Commodore Lee Goddard. He said the ship’s company had excelled in the lead up to and throughout the lengthy deployment.

“I’d like to thank all our families and friends for their unfailing support and encouragement,” he said.

“We’ve had a very full, busy and challenging year – firstly preparing the ship and training for our deployment and then executing our lengthy mission.

“As the first upgraded Anzac equipped with the new MH-60R combat helicopter, we’ve established the benchmark standard for future operations of the class,” Captain Ingham said.

The return of HMAS Perth marks the 63rd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy major fleet unit to the area since 1990. HMAS Arunta follows in her wake, deploying on November 13 to continue Australia’s commitment.