The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, will join past and present crew tonight to celebrate HMAS Arunta’s 10th birthday at HMAS Stirling.
HMAS Arunta was commissioned on 12 December 1998 and is named for the Arrernte Indigenous nation; the traditional land owners of the area surrounding Alice Springs.
Mr Snowdon said he was honoured to be included in the birthday celebrations.
“I am privileged to be here, celebrating the service that Arunta has provided to Australia over the past 10 years,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Last December the crew was starting a 6 month stint in the Middle East as part of Operation CATALYST.
“In May it was my great pleasure to welcome the men and women of Arunta home and it’s wonderful this year, on Arunta’s 10th birthday, to have them back safe and sound for Christmas.”
Since her commissioning in 1998, Arunta has conducted numerous training and operational deployments. Her notable operational deployments have included service as part of the ADF’s contribution to whole-of-government domestic maritime security activities and twice deploying to the Northern Persian Gulf where she assisted in the protection of Iraq's offshore assets such as oil platforms, which allows Iraq to generate much needed funds to support reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
“Arunta has strong ties and a long ongoing relationship with the town of Alice Springs. The town in the heart of Australia, my home town, is also the ship’s adopted homeport,” Mr Snowdon said.
“It has been a big year for Arunta and a big decade, and I wish the ship’s company many more years doing the nation proud.”

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