“It's a dangerous business...going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the RingsFirstly, let me thank everyone who left messages of support here while I was away - your thoughts and well wishes were most appreciated. I thought I might yield a few more details of where I've been in the last six months.
Having completed some rather intensive training over the first months of the year, we departed Sydney in April and steamed to the Middle East via Perth, Diego Garcia ( a beautiful little spot) and Kochi in India. We then commenced our patrols as part of the Combined Maritime Force which comprises some 28 nations. Our primary roles were piracy suppression and anti-terrorist related functions, and over the period in theatre they took us far and wide indeed. We visited Fujairah in the UAE, and then ended up being tasked down off the Horn of Africa, through the Somali Basin where we ended up doing Search and Rescue on a disabled merchant ship with injured crew
|Seahawk Helicopter winches injured crewmen off MV Perla - detail here|
|Ship's company of PIONEER in East African waters, 1915|
|The awesome city of Petra - made famous in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"|
|The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum|
|Boarding a typical Arabian dhow|
PS Yes - everyone came home in one piece!