HMAS Anzac Visits Portsmouth, UK
The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Portsmouth, England, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.
Anzac departed Sydney in March 2015, and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea and most recently the North Atlantic en route to Portsmouth.
During the five month deployment, the ship has represented Australia at Centenary of Anzac commemorative events in the Sea of Marmara, Cape Helles, Gallipoli and Italy and Malta.
Anzac’s Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, described the visit as being historically significant, as well as an important stop to recharge before beginning the long trip home to Australia.
“At Portsmouth, Anzac will be berthed in one of the major bases of one of Australia’s most important Allies,” Commander Wood said.
“In a deployment that has involved many Centenary of Anzac commemorations, it is fitting that we will be berthed nearby to the ex HMS M33, the only warship remaining from the Gallipoli campaign.
“To also be located near to HMS Victory, the world’s oldest commissioned warship and the flagship of Admiral Nelson is unique.
Together with the Australian High Commission in London, Anzac will co-host an official reception, and members of the ship’s company will participate in exchange opportunities with counterparts from the British armed forces.
Members of the ship’s Aviation Department, Band Detachment and Maritime Warfare team will have the opportunity to hone their skills alongside colleagues from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines while in the United Kingdom.