The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide-class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, after more than three decades of service to the nation, on Dec. 9.
In a ceremony full of tradition, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, paid tribute to the service of the ship’s company past and present. “Darwin has laid down a proud history over her 33 years,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
“The ship and her successive companies have served Australia with distinction, being awarded battle honours three times for successful maritime security operations. It is through the hard work and dedication of the crews who have called Darwin home that made this frigate so effective over such a long career”, he added.
Since commissioning in 1984, HMAS Darwin has steamed over a million nautical miles, visited more than 50 countries, and undertaken operations in the Middle East, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands.
The Commanding Officer of Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, said lowering the Australian White Ensign for the final time closes a significant chapter in Navy’s history.
“The 5000 men and women who have served in Darwin will always carry fond memories of this ship,” Commander Henry said.
“She is a good ship and we take great pride in our considerable achievements. We share this pride with many of Darwin’s past crew members who joined us to pay a final tribute to this Navy workhorse.”
The Adelaide-class frigates will be replaced by the Navy’s new fleet of Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD). The first of the Hobart-class, HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) was commissioned on Sept. 23 this year. The second one, NUSHIP Brisbane/ the future HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) has entered the first phase of sea trials (builder’s sea trials).
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