HMAS Toowoomba returning from longest deployment

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba will return home to WA on Saturday after completing her longest ever deployment.

CAPTIONHMAS Toowoomba fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow missile in the Pacific Missile Range Facility off Hawaii during Exercise RIMPAC 2018. Royal Australian Navy photo.

After seven months deployed for a series of exercises, international engagements and training activities, senior naval officers from Western Australia will join family and friends to welcome the ship’s company home.

The ship departed her home port of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, on 2 February on her longest deployment to date.

While away, Toowoomba participated in Exercise Ocean Explorer, Principal Warfare Officer Assessment Week, South East Asian deployment, Exercise Bersama Shield, Indo-Pacific Endeavour and Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii.

During RIMPAC she successfully conducted multiple weapons firings, including missiles.

HMAS Toowoomba has sailed 40,125 nautical miles – or 74,311km – contributed to seven different task groups, including as commander of the Bersama Shield Task Group Maritime Component.

HMAS Toowoomba is expected to arrive at Fleet Base West about 9am on Saturday 1 September.

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