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HMAS Toowoomba restocked for operations

24th May 2017 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba has been re-supplied with materielsupport items following completion of its Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade, the RAN announced on 20 May.

The upgrade saw the vessel stripped of its inventory. Now re-equipped with everything from machinery and hardware to beds and kitchen cutlery using the latest inventory management systems, HMAS Toowoomba is currently undergoing sea trials.

The frigate has a crew of 177 and an embarked Seahawk helicopter and must carry all equipment required to support front line operations. The vessel's now validated inventory will simplify the process for future resupply.

Daniel Byers, chief petty officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain, who oversaw the addition of more than 9,000 items of stores to the ship, said: ‘The biggest challenge was identifying what you need to run a ship and we had to go through the hull space by space.

'The process saw the team order in the equivalent of 400 pallets of stores. To picture it another way - 25 shipping containers if the pallets are stacked two high.’

Toowoomba is expected to begin work-ups to complete her operational readiness later this month.

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