Australian Navy Prepares to Retire HMAS Sydney

Royal Australian Navy is getting ready to decommission HMAS Sydney this week after her 32 years of service.

The ceremony, to be held on Saturday, alongside at the vessel’s home port of Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney, will mark the end of more than three decades of service for this vessel, which has provided the Australian Defence Force with significant support in the conduct of maritime operations spanning the globe.

Prior to decommissioning, Sydney’s ship’s company will exercise Freedom of Entry to the City of Sydney.

This move will make way for the Navy’s new fleet of Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.

Sydney (IV) was commissioned on January 29, 1983, and is the fourth ship to bear the name. During her service life, the ship received battle honours for service in Kuwait, East Timor, the Persian Gulf and Iraq.

The vessel concluded its final journey in February.

Image: Australian Navy

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