On This Day
On This Day - 2000-present day
- August 26, 2006
The last ANZAC frigate HMAS PERTH was commissioned.
- July 29, 2006
The Armidale class patrol boat HMAS PIRIE was commissioned at Port Pirie, South Australia.
- July 15, 2006
The Armidale class patrol boat HMAS ALBANY was commissioned in Albany, Western Australia.
- May 6, 2006
Nuship MAITLAND, (Armidale class patrol boat), was launched in Austral Shipyard, Henderson, WA. Mrs Jacqueline Rice, (daughter of Mr Jack Breddin, a former sailor who served in the depot HMAS MAITLAND), performed the launching ceremony.
Nuship ARARAT, (Armidale class patrol boat), was launched in Austral Shipyard, Henderson, WA. Mrs Jennifer O’Malley, (daughter of LCDR Norman Muzzell, RAN, commander of the former HMAS ARARAT in WWII), performed the launching ceremony.
- May 4, 2006
The patrol boat HMAS BATHURST, (LCDR A. P. Quinn, RAN), arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to relieve HMAS ARMIDALE, (LCDR J. Hunter, RAN). BATHURST and ARMIDALE were assigned to CTF 635, to provide support to ADF and AFP personnel, following a wave of civil unrest in the Solomon Islands.
- April 27, 2006
The patrol boat HMAS ARMIDALE, (LCDR J. Hunter, RAN), arrived in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to provide support to ADF and AFP personnel involved in Operation Anode.
ARMIDALE conducted patrols, and movement of ADF and AFP personnel to outlying islands.
- April 26, 2006
The patrol boat HMAS TOWNSVILLE, (LCDR I. M. Ingham, RAN), sailed from Thursday Island to proceed to Honiara, Solomon Islands, to provide support to Australian Army and Federal Police units, following an outbreak of violence, which resulted from the announcement of a new Prime Minister. TOWNSVILLE arrived on 24 April, and was allocated to CTF635.
The patrol boat HMAS ARMIDALE, (LCDR J. C. Hunter, RAN), was directed to proceed to Honiara, Solomon Islands, and conduct a handover with HMAS TOWNSVILLE upon arrival.
- April 19, 2006
The patrol boat HMAS ARMIDALE, (LCDR J. Hunter, RAN), whilst en-route to the Solomon Islands, was diverted to the Tongan Islands of Tofua and Kao, to rescue 17 Australian and United States civilians. They were part of a US Peace Corps, stranded due to severe weather conditions. They were taken to Tonga.
- April 6, 2006
The oil replenishment ship HMAS WESTRALIA, (CMDR T. Crawford, RAN), entered port for the last time when she berthed at HMAS STIRLING, Perth, WA. During her 17 years in service, WESTRALIA steamed 458,254 miles, and conducted 1269 replenishments at sea.
- April 3, 2006
HMAS BRUNEI, (LCDR Charles Bourne, RAN), visited Lord Howe Island, as part of the 75th anniversary of the 1931 landing, by floatplane, on Lord Howe by Sir Francis Chichester, who became the first person to fly solo from Australia to New Zealand. Officers and crew members of BRUNEI were joined by Chichester’s son, and other distinguished guests.