The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) amphibious assault ship HMAS Adelaide (L01) has conducted patrol in the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the Gippsland coast in Victoria.
HMAS Adelaide, with her embarked capability of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and an MRH-90 helicopter, has taken time during a busy schedule of training at sea to support the wider border surveillance efforts.
After departing her home port at Fleet Base East for several weeks of unit readiness evaluations, the ship sailed through Australia’s southeastern oil fields before making her maiden port visit to Melbourne.
Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley, said Adelaide’s short patrol reinforced the efforts of a larger multi-agency taskforce.
“This routine patrol forms part of a wider surveillance effort led by Maritime Border Command and helps fulfil the Royal Australian Navy’s contribution in protecting our valuable offshore facilities,” he said. “What better way to provide a visible deterrence than using Navy’s largest warship.”
Maritime Border Command coordinates Navy’s fleet assets in collaboration with Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies to deter security threats and illegal activity at sea.
HMAS Adelaide was able to provide a significant presence during its patrol with an ability to rapidly deploy boarding teams via its rigid-hulled inflatable boats and an embarked MRH-90 helicopter. Adelaide has returned to sea to undertake further exercises.
LEUT Ryan Zerbe, RAN