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HMAS Anzac returns to HMAS Stirling from the Persian Gulf

05 December 2007

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Anzac, arrived home today, following a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

Her Ship's company of 183 men and women were greeted by the Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Simon Cullen, AM, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Anzac, Captain Ian Middleton, RAN, as well as by family and friends.

Anzac was stationed in the MEAO as part of Operation CATALYST, Australia's commitment to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq, from July to December of this year.

Anzac undertook duties associated with the maintenance of Iraqi maritime sovereignty, protection of Iraqi offshore infrastructure and assistance in the training of the Iraqi Navy.

"We have missed our families and friends. What is clear is that they support what we do and are tolerant of our absence. In some respects our families have worked harder than we have. I take this opportunity to recognise their essential contribution to the success of HMAS Anzac. Our families and friends share equally in our success and any gratitude we may receive. We are so happy to be re-united with them today," said Captain Middleton, Commanding Officer of Anzac.

During her time in the Gulf, Anzac conducted 65 boarding and security patrols, 490 boat evolutions, 17 Replenishments at Sea and Vertical Replenishments, 323 flying hours by its embarked Navy Seahawk helicopter and 650 investigative queries of merchant vessels.

Anzac was away for 182 days, with 150 spent at sea. During this period, two members became fathers for the first time, nearly 90,000 meals were prepared, and the ship received 4366 kilograms of mail from family and friends.