I hope you enjoy the read.
HMAS Toowoomba sailed on 28 Dec for a 5 month deployment to the Middle East in support of OP SLIPPER. This is a deployment that would primarily have the ship conducting operations in support of anti-piracy and anti-drug smuggling activities. However, as Navy is often used to support wider Government interests, Toowoomba’s deployment will include port visits and exercises that further enhance Australia’s reputation and engagement with the international community.
On completion of a patrol the ship will conduct visits to Middle Eastern ports for operational, logistical and rest and respite reasons. During these port visits the ship’s company can expect to have 1-2 days short leave. And then Toowoomba sails again...
Thank you so much to the Chaplain for taking the time to write and send that to me for publication.
I think you will find the next couple of messages interesting too. I always wondered at the number of requests for cartoon characters but I understand a little better having read the following. And come to think of it, even I wore a silver Mickey Mouse watch during the years of my time in the RAAF as an Air Traffic Controller so I guess I can relate.
And for Kitty who is a Toowoomba girl, who made a quilt for a fellow from Toowoomba who is posted and deployed on HMAS Toowoomba!
Good Morning from the Middle East,
And just to end off I thought you might enjoy seeing the view from the decks of HMAS Toowoomba!