On This Day
On This Day - 2000-2019
- May 15, 2001
HMAS DARWIN, (frigate), arrives in the Solomon Islands to undertake peacekeeping duties as part of Operation Trek. She was later relieved by HMAS KANIMBLA, (landing ship personnel assault), in June.
- May 11, 2001
HMAS JERVIS BAY was decommissioned in Hobart, TAS after her 2 years charter. Known as the ‘Dili Express’, she had carried 6,600 troops, and 3,200 pallets of stores, to East Timor during her two year career.
- April 25, 2001
HMAS JERVIS BAY, (fast transport), conducts her last re-supply run from Darwin to Dili, in support of the UN peacekeeping mission in East Timor.
- April 12, 2001
The MV SOUTH TOMI, was boarded by a combined RAN/Australian Army boarding party and escorted back to Australia as part of Operation Teebone. The vessel had been spotted illegally fishing in Australian waters, (near Heard Island), on 29 March by an Australian Fisheries vessel. The Australian vessel gave chase after SOUTH TOMI fled westwards towards South Africa. The ADF boarding team was flown from Australia to South Africa and then embarked in the South African Navy Ships PROTEA and GALEWHEWE, which intercepted SOUTH TOMI on 12April. The pursuit of the SOUTH TOMI had taken 15, days and covered over 4,000 km.
- March 31, 2001
The ANZAC class guided missile frigate HMAS WARRAMUNGA, was commissioned. WARRAMUNGA was laid down in Tenix Williamstown Dockyard, VIC, and launched on 23 May 1998.