Navy vessel docks for rest

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
HMAS Stuart docked at Albany Friday afternoon.
Camera IconHMAS Stuart docked at Albany Friday afternoon. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A Royal Australian Navy vessel dropped anchor in Albany last week.

HMAS Stuart berthed at the Albany port on Friday for a four-day stay in the Great Southern capital.

The 118m-long Anzac class frigate was in the area to conduct scheduled training exercises with RAN submarines.

A defence spokesperson said port visits allowed stores and fuel to be replenished while providing the crew with respite ashore.

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“HMAS Stuart has conducted a number of training exercises at sea since early February, including Exercise Ocean Explorer, and will return to Fleet Base West at HMAS Stirling, Rockingham, on completion of her current training,” they said.

Exercise Ocean Explorer was conducted off the WA coast in recent weeks.

It was a significant exercise to hone the RAN’s ability to conduct high-end war fighting in a maritime task group.

The exercise involved Royal Australian Air Force planes and forces from New Zealand.

HMAS Stuart is capable of countering simultaneous threats from aircraft, surface vessels and submarines.

She was involved in the apprehension of the North Korean bulk carrier the Pong Su in 2003.

The frigate has been deployed to the Middle East several times.

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