Melbourne’s decommissioning marks end of FFG era
Navy has celebrated the completion of 27 years of service by HMAS Melbourne, the last of her class.
The 138m-long Adelaide-class guided missile frigate (FFG) – the last remaining of six built for Navy – was decommissioned on October 26 at her home port at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.
Melbourne’s final Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, said his ship’s company was honoured to be the last crew to serve in Melbourne and pleased the occasion could be shared with many former ship’s company, who attended the decommissioning ceremony.
“There are thousands of people who have called this ship home over the past 27 years and most of our people don’t know a time in the Navy without HMAS Melbourne and the FFGs in the fleet,” Commander Buttler said.
“I am so proud of the men and women of HMAS Melbourne for sustaining a high tempo at sea right to the end and contributing to her outstanding legacy.
“It is also a sad day as we see the end of almost 40 years of the Adelaide-class frigate, which has been one of the most effective maritime warfighting platforms ever built.”
Since commissioning in 1992, Melbourne steamed more than 900,000 nautical miles, deployed on operations to the Middle East region eight times and earned battle honours for service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.
She spent most of 2018 and 2019 deployed overseas, including a four-month deployment through north Asia earlier this year, where she conducted international maritime surveillance operations to enforce sanctions against North Korea.
A video of the decommissioning ceremony can be viewed here.