HMAS Stuart returns to Devonport

Published on 02 November 2017

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Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate HMAS Stuart will return to its adopted home port, Devonport this Saturday, 4 November.

Devonport City Council Mayor Steve Martin said it is wonderful to welcome back HMAS Stuart and her ship’s company of 160 officers and sailors to its home port.

“No doubt the crew will enjoy some time exploring our region and enjoying Devonport hospitality,” he said.

“Council have been working with Stuart’s ship’s company to provide tourist information and coordinate ‘friendlies’ between the crew and local sporting teams and I am looking forward to welcoming the ship to Devonport in a formal exchange.”

The Anzac class helicopter frigate has a long association with Tasmania with her last visit to Devonport in 2014.

Commanding Officer, HMAS Stuart, Commander Chris Leece said the men and women in Stuart were very much looking forward to their visit to Devonport.

“After some intense training on the East Coast of Australia, we are keen to engage with the local community and show off our newly upgraded ship.

“As the last of the Anzac class to undergo the Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade, Stuart has only recently received an entirely new crew who are keen to re-establish ties with their adopted home port and its citizens."

Stuart is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.

Stuart's combat capabilities have been significantly improved in 2017 under the Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade program, a world class program that provides an enhanced sensor and weapons systems capability, including the new Phased Array Radar technology and combat systems.

As well as some friendly matches with local sporting teams, Stuart will host an official reception and pre-organised group tours.  Regrettably due to time constraints the ship will not be open to the general public on this occasion.

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Media Contact:  Janine Phillips |Media & Communications Officer

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |jphillips@devonport.tas.gov.au