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HMAS Arunta is on her way home to
Arunta’s deployment to the Middle East Area of Operation lasted six months and yielded some interesting statistics. The ship steamed more than 21,000 nautical miles, conducted 500 queries, 110 surface searches and 35 security sweeps in the Gulf.
The ship’s company of 183 consumed 82,000 meals, received 4000 kg of mail
and sent or received 80,000 e-mails during the deployment. Eight promotions were confirmed while Arunta was away and four fathers will
see their newborn babies for the first time when the ship docks in
Work continued right up to the end for the ANZAC-class frigate. A giant western flagged super tanker was the last civilian ship to be inspected by the Australians.
Each member of the
boarding team is armed with a pistol or a shotgun. The ship’s Seahawk helicopter hovers above,
keeping a watchful eye on the pair of ‘RHIBs’ (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats)
as they skim across the water towards their target. The mission is to check the vessel for
explosives and contraband before it docks at one of
The approach is the most dangerous part of the task. Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Gideon Creech reminds his crew not to drop their game. On board, the Australians fan out, checking identities of those on the tanker and searching for anything suspicious. Once the all clear is given, Arunta’s boarding party forms a protective cordon as one by one they climb back onboard the RHIBs and return to their ship, allowing the tanker to continue on her way.
Oil makes up 80
per cent of
HMAS Stuart will take up where Arunta left off, the latest in a long
line of Australian Navy ships helping to safeguard
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