HMAS Waller leaves Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, to take part in Exercise AUSINDEX 2017 off the west coast of Australia. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
HMAS Waller leaves Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, to take part in Exercise AUSINDEX 2017 off the west coast of Australia.

Bilateral Exercise reinforces relationships

Australia and India have successfully completed a series of complex warfare scenarios during Exercise Australia-India (AUSINDEX) off the Western Australian coast.

Fleet

  • The crew of ESPS Cristobal Colon of the Spanish Armada stand on the flight deck as their ship enters Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

    Cristóbal Colón heads home

    Following a successful four months on the Australia Station, the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristóbal Colón will spend her final days off the east coast of Australia before commencing a 13,000 mile journey home on 19 June.  

People

  • (L-R) Lieutenant Josh Fearnley, Miss Hannah Radford, Miss Elle Taylor, Miss Steph Coleman, Miss Julia Brown and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Justin Lamb inside the Central Control Station aboard HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

    Engineering careers for women at sea

    The inaugural Women in Navy program has recently seen its first group of young females experience life at sea off the coast of New South Wales.

Fleet

  • HMAS Newcastle conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres with Indian Navy Ship INS Kamorta off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) as part of AUSINDEX. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

    AUSINDEX strengthens ties between navies

    HMAS Newcastle’s capabilities proved invaluable during a complex warfare scenario involving Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta during the Australia-India Exercise (AUSINDEX) held off the Western Australian coast. 

People

  • Sub Lieutenant Michael Batchelor. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)

    Downsizing enhances experience

    Moving between ships isn’t unusual for Maritime Warfare Officers like Sub Lieutenant Michael Batchelor, but going from one of Navy’s biggest to one of the smallest is more than just a size adjustment.

Sport

  • The Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy participating in a beach volleyball game at the HMAS Stirling Sporting Field as part of Exercise AUSINDEX 2017. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

    Navies exchange goals during sports day

    Australians and Indians often bond over cricket, so sport was a natural addition to the program of the recent exercise between the navies of the two nations.

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Community

Chief Tony Thomas (centre) and Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Kristian Mitchell with members of the Ramingining Community, during a remote community engagement program trip through Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. (photo: Seaman Leah Croker)

Navy sails into Arnhem Land This article has photo gallery

HMAS Coonawarra officers and sailors ‘sailed’ into Arnhem Land recently to spend 15 days visiting remote communities as part of the Northern Territory Navy Community Engagement Program.

A small contingent from the Fleet Air Arm, joined Master Attendant Commander Brendan O’Hara at Lord Howe Island to commemorate the anniversary of the first Aero-Medical Evacuation and to mark the strong ADF partnership with the small community of some 360 residents. (photo: Unknown)

Lord Howe liaison for Navy team

A contingent of Royal Australian Navy personnel has visited Lord Howe Island 75 years on from a whole of Defence effort that saved the life of a resident.

Events

His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales speaks with contenders competing in 2018 Invictus Games as he is escorted by the Royal Australian Navy around Sydney Harbour. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Darwin supports Invictus Games countdown This article has photo gallery

It’s not often you get to brush shoulders with royalty, however, the ship’s company of HMAS Darwin was recently tasked with a very royal mission.

Chief Of Staff ADHQ Brig Georgina Whelan, assisted by Acting Provost Martial Australian Defence Force Lieutenant Colonel Nick Surtees and Command Warrant Officer Joint Service Police Group Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Shannon Power. (photo: Unknown)

Joint Service Police Group launched This article has photo gallery

Military policing across the Australian Defence Force has a new moniker to better reflect the responsibilities of their modern role.

Sport

The Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy participating in a beach volleyball game at the HMAS Stirling Sporting Field as part of Exercise AUSINDEX 2017. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Navies exchange goals during sports day This article has photo gallery

Australians and Indians often bond over cricket, so sport was a natural addition to the program of the recent exercise between the navies of the two nations.

A group photograph of all the HMAS Stirling and Indian members that participated in a yoga session that took place on the wharf next to INS Shivalik in the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia, with Indian officers and sailors prior to the commencement of AUSINDEX 17. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Navies build spiritual resilience together This article has photo gallery

At the break of dawn, Indian and Australian naval personnel ‘bent over backwards’ strengthening minds, bodies and relationships during a unique yoga session on a Fremantle wharf.