ShelterBox Farewells HMAS Tobruk

Aerial image of HMAS Tobruk at sea

HMAS Tobruk sailed into Sydney Harbour for the last time this morning.(photo courtesy of RAN)

With 35 years service and over a million nautical miles under her belt, HMAS Tobruk has made her final journey through Sydney Heads this morning, to be decommissioned. Tobruk holds special significance for ShelterBox, as we have worked with her and her crew on several occasions in her disaster relief role. In late 2013 Tobruk assisted ShelterBox Response Teams working in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

ShelterBox Reponse Team members Alice Jefferson (left-centre) and Ayeasia Macintyre (right) among Australian Naval staff. Photo courtesy of the Australian Navy.

ShelterBox Response Team members, Alice Jefferson (left-centre) and Ayeasia Macintyre (right) among Australian Naval staff. Photo courtesy of the Australian Navy.

Tobruk’s extensive inventory includes helicopters, landing craft and lightweight RIBs that proved invaluable to help ShelterBox reach people on remote islands in the Filipino archipelago.

Most recently, SRT volunteers (including Australian, Greg Moran) worked with crew members from Tobruk to distribute aid those affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

Response Team members plan distributions on the ground with the crew of HMAS Tobruk

ShelterBox Response Team members work with the crew of HMAS Tobruk on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu

We wish the officers and crew of Tobruk all the best for the future and thank them for their service.

 

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