Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate departs for three-month deployment

HMAS Arunta, the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-class frigate, sailed from its home port of Fleet Base East on 28 January for a three-month regional presence deployment.

While deployed, the ship will undertake a number of navy-to-navy activities with Australia’s regional partners, as well as participate in various maritime exercises.

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Commanding Officer Arunta Commander Samuel Woolrych said the ship’s company was well-prepared for the various tasks the ship would be assigned over the next three months.

“We are well-trained, confident in each other, know our ship, and are ready for any possible task,” Commander Woolrych said.

“During the deployment, Arunta will have a number of opportunities to increase our interoperability, and deepen our understanding of a complex region by working alongside regional partners through various navy-to-navy activities. We expect to build on the respectful and trusting relationship that have been built over many years between Australia and other like-minded nations in the region.”

This is the first regional presence deployment for 2022.

To remind, the frigate HMAS Arunta rejoined the RAN’s fleet after completing its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade in 2019. The AMCAP upgrade includes a platform systems remediation program to improve platform reliability and maintainability.

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