Happy and relieved family and friends have welcomed home the Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Parramatta and her 192 crew as she returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney this morning.
Also there to welcome them home was newly appointed Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare and the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore.
HMAS Parramatta is a long–range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.
Returning from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations, HMAS Parramattacontributed to maritime security in the international campaign against terrorism and assisted countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
During the six month deployment HMAS Parramatta successfully responded to 14 distress calls in relation to suspected piracy events and successfully intercepted one pirate vessel in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor.
HMAS Parramatta is the oldest ship name in the Australian Navy and is the fourth Royal Australian Navy ship to bear the name. The Aboriginal translation of "Parramatta" means "the place where the eels lie down".
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