Spectacular six-ship departure from Sydney Harbour

Six Australian warships departed Sydney Harbour in formation yesterday to complete a range of training, sea qualification and surveying tasks.

CAPTION: HMA Ships Adelaide, Sydney, Anzac, Huon, Gascoyne and Yarra prepare to depart Sydney Harbour. Photos by Leading Seaman Jarrod Mulvihill. Story by Lieutenant Geoff Long.

The ships were led by one of the fleet’s largest, HMAS Adelaide, followed by its newest, HMAS Sydney.

The formation was completed by three Huon-class ships, Huon, Gascoyne and Yarra and the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Anzac.

Commander Surface Force Commodore Stephen Hughes said Navy continued to maintain a high tempo of operations throughout 2020.

HMAS Adelaide leads HMA Ships Sydney, Huon, Gascoyne, Yarra and Anzac from Sydney Harbour. Photo by Leading Seaman Jarrod Mulvihill.
HMAS Adelaide leads HMA Ships Sydney, Huon, Gascoyne, Yarra and Anzac from Sydney Harbour.

“Six ships leaving Sydney Harbour in formation is a visual demonstration of our capability but also signals our readiness and capability to continue to meet all government-directed operations,” Commodore Hughes said.

Five of the six ships are home-ported in Sydney, while Anzac’s home port is in Western Australia.

Adelaide, Sydney and Anzac will be involved in various exercises and drills, including sea qualifications and work-ups to prepare for future deployments, while the three Huon-class ships will be collectively involved in survey work between Newcastle and Port Kembla.

Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley said the ship would conduct vital testing and preparations ahead of assuming duties as the high-readiness humanitarian and disaster response (HADR) vessel at the end of the month.

“Adelaide is sailing after a particularly busy and successful maintenance period with an immediate aim of setting to work testing and proving all of her equipment, machinery and systems,” Captain Ley said.

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