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Huon deactivated

PRESERVED: The deactivation ceremony may not be the final farewell as HMAS Huon will be preserved for a period. AT EASE (Inset): Well-deserved rest after faithful service.

PRESERVED: The deactivation ceremony may not be the final farewell as HMAS Huon will be preserved for a period. AT EASE (Inset): Well-deserved rest after faithful service.

PRESERVED: The deactivation ceremony may not be the final farewell as HMAS Huon will be preserved for a period. AT EASE (Inset): Well-deserved rest after faithful service.
AT EASE: Well-deserved rest after faithful service.

By Michael Brooke
Volume 49, No. 4, March 23, 2006


The first of the RAN’s six locally-manufactured Huon-class coastal minehunters, HMAS Huon (LCDR Milton Treeby), was deactivated in a ceremony conducted at HMAS Waterhen (CMDR G.W. Ker) recently.

LEUT Steve Noakes, XO Huon, told Navy News that Huon was deactivated as part of the force structure changes announced in the Defence Capability Review in 2003.

“Huon will be kept in a preserved state for a period of four-years by ADI on behalf of the DMO,” he said.
LEUT Noakes said Huon would be handed over to DMO on March 31.

The ship is capable of being brought back on-line at short-notice, if required.

Deputy Commander AUST Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group, CMDR Dean Schopen, said Huon’s ship’s company of 36 would be posted to other Navy vessels.

For example, the last CO of Huon, LCDR Milton Treeby, has already taken command of HMAS Yarra.
Huon was commissioned on May 15, 1999, and was the second RAN ship to carry the name.

The first HMAS Huon, a River Class torpedo boat destroyer, served the RAN in WW I.


 

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