Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney
Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney

Deploying to South-East and north-east Asia for two months was a memorable experience for the crew of HMAS Parramatta – but nothing beats the feeling of coming home. The Anzac-class frigate returned to her homeport of Fleet Base East in Sydney today, after a two-month deployment throughout the region. It followed a brief port visit to Cairns, Queensland, where the crew enjoyed some respite. Commander Anita Nemarich led Parramatta into Australian waters for the final time as its Commanding Officer and said the success of the regional deployment was a testament to her crew’s professionalism and abilities.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Shaun Wheeler is welcomed home by family at Fleet Base East in Sydney, after a ten-week Regional Presence Deployment in HMAS Parramatta. (Photo by LSIS Leo Baumgartner/Australian Government Department of Defence)

“During the past two months, the crew has put to the test their collective mariner skills, showcasing the highly-trained and agile workforce that contributes to the capability of the Royal Australian Navy. We have worked closely with fellow international navies in the region to further strengthen relationships, learned from our counterparts and shared countless memories. I am incredibly proud of the crew of HMAS Parramatta and our many achievements.” Commander Nemarich said.

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HMAS Parramatta HMAS Parramatta sails through Sydney Harbour to her homeport at Fleet Base East following a ten-week Regional Presence Deployment.
HMAS Parramatta HMAS Parramatta sails through Sydney Harbour to her homeport at Fleet Base East following a ten-week Regional Presence Deployment.(Photo by ABIS Benjamin Ricketts/Australian Government Department of Defence)

Sailing as a task group with sister ship HMAS Ballarat, Parramatta conducted a number of navy-to-navy engagements with partner nations in the region. Among these was Exercise Arc21, in which blue-water combat, and amphibious and aviation training serials with Japan, France and the United States took place. The ship also joined French Navy Marine Nationale vessels FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf – operating as the Jeanne d’Arc Task Group – to complete a cooperative passage through the South China Sea. Parramatta will enjoy some respite before deploying on further tasks later this year.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney
Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney perform music on the wharf while HMAS Parramatta returns to Fleet Base East from a ten-week Regional Presence Deployment.(Photo by LSIS Leo Baumgartner/Australian Government Department of Defence)

HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) is an Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). One of ten warships built for the RAN and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) based on the MEKO 200 design, Parramatta was laid down in 1999, launched in 2003, and commissioned into the RAN in 2003. During her career, the frigate has been deployed to the Middle East on several occasions. In early 2015, Parramatta was docked to undergo the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. She completed these upgrades in April 2016.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) Sails Back to Sydney
HMAS Parramatta returns to Fleet Base East in Sydney, New South Wales following a ten-week Regional Presence Deployment. (Photo by LSIS Daniel Goodman/Australian Government Department of Defence)
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