Royal Australian Navy Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) has returned to her homeport of Sydney last week, marking the end of her final voyage.
Melbourne berthed alongside Fleet Base East at Garden Island with her decommissioning pennant and battle ensign flying one last time. A number of the ship’s former Commanding Officers were aboard for her final return to port.
Melbourne’s current Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler said bringing the 138-metre-long warship home for the last time left him with mixed emotions.
“There was definitely a stinging feeling knowing that this was the moment when Melbourne’s engines would shut down for the final time and her seagoing life was over,” Commander Buttler said. “At the same time, it was the end of an amazing journey for a fantastic ship with an outstanding crew and I felt immensely proud to be Melbourne’s last Commanding Officer.”
HMAS Melbourne was commissioned in 1992 and has sailed more than 900,000 nautical miles throughout her service life.
HMAS Melbourne deployed on operations in the Solomon Islands, the South and East China seas and to the Middle East eight times. She had earned battle honours for service in East Timor and the Persian Gulf.
Melbourne is the last of six Adelaide Class guided missile frigates left in the Royal Australian Navy and will decommission on 26 October.