HMAS Melbourne (Commander Marcus Buttler), the last of the RAN FFGs, sailed into Sydney for the final time. The 138-metre long Guided Missile Frigate arrived at Fleet Base East bringing her 27 years of service at sea to an end.
HMAS Melbourne was commissioned in 1992 and has sailed more than 780,000 nautical miles throughout her service life. She deployed to the Middle East eight times and earned battle honours for her service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. She recently completed a four month deployment through Asia, including conducting international maritime surveillance operations to enforce sanctions against North Korea.
HMAS Melbourne will decommission in October.