The frigate HMAS ANZAC, (CAPT Richard Menhenick, CSC, RAN), departed Australia on a six month world cruise, (Operation Northern Trident). During the cruise the ship was destined to take part in the Gallipoli 90th Anniversary commemorations at ANZAC Cove, and also the Battle of Trafalgar 200th Anniversary celebrations in the United Kingdom.
HMAS Anzac III
CAPT P. G. Lockwood, DSC, CSC, RAN, was awarded the United States Bronze Star, in recognition of his meritorious service as the Commanding Officer of HMAS ANZAC, (guided missile frigate), during her service in Iraqi waters in 2003 as part of the RAN contribution to Operation Falconer. A few days later the Bronze Star was also awarded to CAPT A. Ingram, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS DARWIN, (guided missile frigate), and CAPT D. L. McCourt, OAM, DSM, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS KANIMBLA, (landing platform amphibious), in the same conflict.
Exercise Bersama Lima 2004 commenced in Singaporean and Malaysian waters. This majorFive-Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) Exercise involved over 30 ships, 80 aircraft, and some 3,000 personnel. The RAN was represented by HMA Ships ANZAC, ARUNTA, WESTRALIA, SHEEAN, HAWKESBURY, YARRA, DUBBO, and GERALDTON, as well as CDT 1.
The frigate HMAS ANZAC, (CAPT Richard Menhinick, CSC, RAN), rescued 15 Indonesians from a sinking vessel south of Batam Island. The crew of the vessel lit a fire to attract attention when their over-laden vessel began to take on water. This was spotted from ANZAC, who sent her RHIB to investigate. Moments after the RHIB arrived alongside, the vessel rolled over and sank. ANZAC proceeded on her way to Singapore, where the 15 Indonesians were handed over to Singaporean Authorities for repatriation to Indonesia.
Exercise Singaroo, (joint exercise involving the RAN and the Singapore Navy), commenced in the waters off Darwin, NT. RS Ships VICTORY and VIGILENCE, (Victory class corvettes), were involved, along with HMA Ships ANZAC, CANBERRA, MELBOURNE, (guided missile frigates), KANIMBLA, (landing platform amphibious), WESTRALIA, (auxiliary oiler replenishment), DECHAINEUX, (Collins class submarine), BENDIGO, and WOLLONGONG, (patrol boats).