The civilian crew of Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield yesterday received a Commander Australian Fleet commendation for their professional excellence, dedication and esprit-de-corps during their recent service to the Royal Australian Navy.
The 6,500 tonne Offshore Support Vessel was brought into service in June 2012 to bolster the humanitarian and disaster relief capability of the Royal Australian Navy. Since that time ADV Ocean Shield has supported MU90 torpedo trials, Exercise BLACK CARILLION 2013 and most recently Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
Representing Commander Australian Fleet, Captain Tony Rayner read the commendation to Master and crew of the Australian Defence Vessel ADV Ocean Shield for their exemplary performance in support to the Australian Defence Force mission from 2012-2014.
“Ocean Shield has undertaken a number of challenging, demanding and varied missions which were completed with the highest levels of professional excellence. Ocean Shield displayed outstanding reliability during its two year service in the Australian Defence Force – not once did it fail to achieve its preparedness requirement,” Captain Rayner said.
Ocean Shield remains alongside at Fleet Base West following conclusion of their support to Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
Press Release, July 03, 2014; Image: Australian Navy