Posted on 02/18/2011

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First lines are passes as HMAS Melbourne berths at Fleet Base East following a six month Operation Slipper deployment.

Today the Minister for Defence Material, the Hon. Jason Clare MP, joined the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore AM CSC RAN and hundreds of family and friends in welcoming the 230 crew of HMAS Melbourne home to Sydney after a six month deployment in the Middle East.

HMAS Melbourne is an Adelaide class frigate capable of air-defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance. It is the first Adelaide class frigate deployed to the Gulf following the FFG upgrade project which saw new missile an torpedo systems installed as a part of extensive capability enhancements.

HMAS Melbourne was replaced on station by HMAS Stuart, which took over in January.