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Navy tradition strong with the fighting stallion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, CSC, RAN, and distinguished guests on the flight deck of HMAS Toowoomba on the completion of a luncheon meeting in Chennai, India. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

Commanding Officer HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Mitchell Livingstone, CSC, RAN, and distinguished guests on the flight deck of HMAS Toowoomba on the completion of a luncheon meeting in Chennai, India.

Adhering to an old Navy tradition of warships visiting foreign ports engaging with local authorities and dignitaries, the Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba hosted a luncheon during the ship’s visit to Chennai, India.

Toowoomba strengthens bond with host nation

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba members, Indian Navy members from INS Adyar and spectators gather together on the completion of a friendly volleyball match at Indian Navy Base INS Adyar, Chennai. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Toowoomba members, Indian Navy members from INS Adyar and spectators gather together on the completion of a friendly volleyball match at Indian Navy Base INS Adyar, Chennai.

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate, HMAS Toowoomba has conducted a port visit to Chennai, India.

Sirius home after long deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Makenzie, Max and Madelin wait for dad, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Mathew Gilgen, to come off the ship as HMAS Sirius returns home to Fleet Base West after departing in August last year. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Makenzie, Max and Madelin wait for dad, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Mathew Gilgen, to come off the ship as HMAS Sirius returns home to Fleet Base West after departing in August last year.

The 8th of May would have had a big circle around it on the calendars of many families of HMAS Sirius’ ship’s company, as that was the day the ship returned to her homeport at Fleet Base West after nine months away.

Sharpening the thinking and fighting edge

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Navy’s people are being challenged to sharpen their mental edge and fighting mindset using the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan’s latest Professional Resource List. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Navy’s people are being challenged to sharpen their mental edge and fighting mindset using the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan’s latest Professional Resource List.

In 1889, British Lieutenant General William F Butler wrote “The nation that will insist on drawing a broad demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”

New simulators enhance training for boat coxswains

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Lewis tests the new Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) simulator at the Boatswains Faculty, HMAS Cerberus. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Lewis tests the new Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) simulator at the Boatswains Faculty, HMAS Cerberus.

The Seamanship School at the Royal Australian Navy’s Boatswains Faculty at HMAS Cerberus has two new simulators that will help ensure new boat coxswains go to sea much better prepared to hit the water at speed.

Toowoomba achieves readiness goals

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba boarding party members on the port waist as they prepare to begin a boarding party exercise for their Unit Readiness Evaluation. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Toowoomba boarding party members on the port waist as they prepare to begin a boarding party exercise for their Unit Readiness Evaluation.

The ship’s company of HMAS Toowoomba has been stretched and tested over the past six weeks as the warship was put through a Work-Up and Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE) in the West Australian Exercise Area.

From his young family to the frontline

Published on by FLTLT Dion Isaacson (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Steve Line is deployed to Task Group Afghanistan as the second in charge of the Hamid Karzai International Airport military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Steve Line is deployed to Task Group Afghanistan as the second in charge of the Hamid Karzai International Airport military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Steven Line had only just started his deployment to Afghanistan when his team responded to a mass casualty event.

HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the MER

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Tail swaps for Romeo

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region.

A ‘tail swap’ of HMAS Ballarat’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter was conducted at the main operating base in the Middle East region (MER) recently as part of the scheduled ship’s maintenance period.

Australian officer awarded US medal for missile defence work

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN presents a US Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Fleet Weapons Engineering Officer, Commander Cadeyrn Okely. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN presents a US Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Fleet Weapons Engineering Officer, Commander Cadeyrn Okely.

A Royal Australian Navy Officer has been awarded the United States Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work in helping to develop defences against anti-ship missiles.