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Old 26-02-2015, 20:59
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February 27, 2015 8:21AM

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Navy warship HMAS Sydney will make its final entry through Sydney Heads before being decommissioned. Source: AAP

AFTER 32 years of service with the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Sydney will make its final entry into its namesake city on Friday morning.

THE guided missile frigate, which will be decommissioned at the end of this year, will pass through Sydney Heads just after 8.30am and then berth at Garden Island.
Sydney's commanding officer Karl Brinckmann said a decommissioning pennant would be flown as the ship entered the harbour.

"It's a very thin pennant and will be held up by weather balloons. It's 138 metres in length, which is significant because it's the length of the ship," Commander Brinckmann told ABC radio.

He said the vessel would pass Bradleys Head about 8.40am, at which point the decommissioning pennant would be lowered.

At Garden Island, the ship will support technical training courses until its decommissioning.

During its service, Sydney had seen active service in Kuwait and East Timor, and has undertaken deployments to the Middle East.

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Old 26-02-2015, 22:59
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Sydney has put in a fine service, and she still has more to give.

You have to wonder what some of those boofheads in head office are thinking, it is not a good idea to be retiring still seaworthy ships, when the replacement unit has not yet been built.
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Old 31-03-2015, 07:45
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HMAS Sydney FFG-03 was my first sea draft 1985 - 1988. Had some good times.............
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HMAS Sydney decommissioned today after 32 years and 950,000+ nautical miles.
The attached link has many memorable photos, enjoy, she'll be missed.
The next Sydney, one of the 3 new AWD's, is due in service in mid 2019
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-War-1991.html
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Old 08-11-2015, 01:09
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Many thanks for that link Assail.
Spent 1990 to 1992 on her and experienced three interesting deployments in that short time aboard.
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The final chapter has now been played out. The FFG Sydney had been offered to several State governments for use as a dive wreck but the offers were not taken up.
She is unable to be sold overseas as a consequence of the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) agreements with the US so she will be scrapped at Henderson WA

http://news.navy.gov.au/en/May2017/Fleet/3744
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Old 19-05-2017, 03:00
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The final chapter has now been played out. The FFG Sydney had been offered to several State governments for use as a dive wreck but the offers were not taken up.
She is unable to be sold overseas as a consequence of the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) agreements with the US so she will be scrapped at Henderson WA

http://news.navy.gov.au/en/May2017/Fleet/3744
Not surprised at all that no one wants her as a "dive wreck".

It is so prohibitively expensive to prepare a ship to meet environmental requirements, that it needs someone with extremely deep pockets to make that happen these days.
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Tim: To quote a RN Petty Officer witnessing the departure of the former HMS Victorious for the scrapyard, "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the Navy don't want her, Gillette must." I think it is a better ending for the former Sydney.
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