HMAS Darwin in Muscat
3 March 2014
HMAS Darwin made the first port call of her Operation Slipper deployment at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman, 23 February 2014.
The call provided for Ship’s Company briefings by Joint Task Force 633 staff from Al Minhad Air Base, elaborating on their expected tasking in the Middle Eastern Area of Operations.
Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Terence Morrison and crew were greeted by Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC and his deputy Commodore Philip Spedding, DSC, AM.
Major General Orme addressed the Ship's Company, describing current operations, Operation Slipper’s future and the important role HMAS Darwin will play over the coming months of her rotation.
“It is my privilege to welcome HMAS Darwin into the Middle East Area of Operations, where you will be conducting Maritime Security Patrols whilst deployed to Operation Slipper,” Major General Orme said.
“You are well trained, well equipped and well prepared for your mission. To those of you on your first deployment, work hard and look after each other.”
Port calls are an important function for Royal Australian Navy vessels deployed on Operation Slipper, providing not only for re-supply and diplomatic engagement, but are an opportunity for the Ship’s Company to go ashore and immerse themselves in local culture and history.
This is the 57th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy warship to the Middle East Area of Operations since the 1990 Second Gulf War and the 33rd deployment under Operation Slipper.
Operation Slipper is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter-smuggling and counter-piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
Darwin replaced HMAS Melbourne on 18 February 2014.