HMAS Choules recently celebrated the 11th anniversary of her commissioning while undertaking sea qualification trials at Jervis Bay.
CAPTION: HMAS Choules Commanding Officer Commander Ross Upton and the youngest members of ship’s company, Seaman Marigold Kraemer and Private Jack Haverfield, cut the 11th anniversary cake.
Commanding Officer Commander Ross Upton, along with the two youngest members of ship’s company, Seaman Marigold Kraemer and Private Jack Haverfield, cut the cake in celebration of Choules’ milestone.
Commissioned on December 13, 2011, HMAS Choules has a proud history of serving Australia by providing an advanced amphibious and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability.
Choules demonstrated this impressive capability during Operation Bushfire Assist in 2019-2020. She evacuated more than 1300 residents, tourists and animals from the remote, bushfire-ravaged coastal town of Mallacoota. This was the biggest domestic sea evacuation in Australian history.
HMAS Choules has recently completed her most significant maintenance period since commissioning and is now capable of operating throughout a wider array of environments, at greater speeds and with advanced capability.