HMAS Darwin had a very special encounter in the Top End on her way to official duties in the Middle East when the ship met the families of two of its crew – at sea.
Seaman Boatswain Mate Edmond Tomsana and Seaman Botswain Mate Amber Phineasa were delighted to welcome family aboard HMAS Darwin during the highly unusual encounter – and introduce them to the captain, Commander Phillip Henry.
Following the all-too-brief encounter at sea, the crew of HMAS Darwin was farewelled by the families before their seven-month deployment to the Middle East Region.
Before she gets there, however, HMAS Darwin will also have the privledge of taking part in the Indian Navy Fleet Review on the way to her area of operations.
During the deployment HMAS Darwin will be tasked with a variety of roles to help the coalition forces in the fight against terrorism, piracy and smuggling in the Middle East.
Photos by Able Seaman Sarah Ebsworth