Australian Navy Frigate Visits Valletta, Malta
11 May 2015
The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Valletta, Malta, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.
Anzac departed Sydney in March 2015, and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and Suez Canal before arriving in the Mediterranean Sea.
During the five month deployment, the ship has represented Australia at Centenary of Anzac commemorative events in the Sea of Marmara, Cape Helles, Gallipoli and Italy, and is continuing to do so in Malta.
While in Malta, members of ship’s company will participate in a commemorative service at the Cappucini Naval Cemetery, Kalkara. Two sailors are among the 27 Australian service personnel buried at the cemetery.
Together with the Australian High Commission in Valletta, Anzac will co-host an official reception during the port visit, and Anzac’s Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, will also host a mentoring session with female members of the Maltese Armed Forces.
“Before arriving at Valletta, Anzac has proudly represented Australia at major Centenary of Anzac commemorative events across the region,” Commander Wood said.
“It is significant that we are able to visit the Cappucini Naval Cemetery where Australian Navy sailors are buried.
“Australia has a significant population of Maltese descent, and we are proud to be able to represent the Australian people during this visit.
“It is a special privilege for me to be able to work with Maltese women during our visit, and our crew looks forward to being able to learn about the Maltese culture,” she said.
Media note: Imagery of the deployment and this visit is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150611
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