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Missile firing the tip of the spear for Navy’s DDG capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

One of HMAS Hobart's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats being launched in Jervis Bay. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

One of HMAS Hobart's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats being launched in Jervis Bay.

HMAS Hobart’s successful missile firing might have marked the most spectacular capability upgrade for Navy’s destroyer fleet last week, but it was just one of several key improvements made to the RAN’s most advanced platforms.

Hobart strikes in Australian first

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Hobart (III) conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE). (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Hobart (III) conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE).

HMAS Hobart (III) has become the first Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer to fire a missile in Australian waters, firing an SM-2 Standard Missile in the East Australian Exercise Area against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales, achieving excellent results.

Guardian class Patrol Boat presented to Samoa

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

L-R: Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Peter Quinn; Samoan High Commissioner Her Excellency Ms Hinauri Petana; Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP; Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata'afa; and Austal Manager Ben Wardle, in front of Guardian class Patrol Boat Nafanua II. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Peter Quinn; Samoan High Commissioner Her Excellency Ms Hinauri Petana; Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP; Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata'afa; and Austal Manager Ben Wardle, in front of Guardian class Patrol Boat Nafanua II.

The fourth of 21 Guardian class patrol boats destined for the Pacific was officially handed over to Samoa on Friday at the Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

Chiefs visit Fleet Base West

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, and his New Zealand counterpart, Air Marshal Kevin Short, paid a visit to Fleet Base West recently as part of a tour of Western Australian Defence facilities.

Shark Tank innovations changing the face of HMAS Albatross

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor James Walker, Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adrian Pendlebury and Deputy Commodore Fleet Air Arm, Captain Grant O'Loughlan, RAN, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the outdoor training area at HMAS Albatross. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor James Walker, Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adrian Pendlebury and Deputy Commodore Fleet Air Arm, Captain Grant O'Loughlan, RAN, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the outdoor training area at HMAS Albatross.

The Fleet Air Arm’s Shark Tank was a series of interactive forums where personnel, no matter rank or role, were invited to pitch proposals for improvements to the workplace.

New guardian arrives in the Pacific

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Ngahau Koula departs Port Vila, Vanuatu, with HMAS Armidale en route to Tonga ahead of her upcoming commissioning. (photo: )

Ngahau Koula departs Port Vila, Vanuatu, with HMAS Armidale en route to Tonga ahead of her upcoming commissioning.

The third of 21 Guardian-class patrol boats donated by Australia to partners in the Pacific region has been escorted to Tonga by HMAS Armidale.

Hobart welcomes HMAS Melbourne at the beginning of the end

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Tyron Ahmat throws the first line across to the wharf as HMAS Melbourne berths in Hobart as part of their decommissioning trip around Australia. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Tyron Ahmat throws the first line across to the wharf as HMAS Melbourne berths in Hobart as part of their decommissioning trip around Australia.

The guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne, and her 180-strong ship’s company arrived in the City of Hobart for one of her final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year.

Deployable maintenance teams a force-multiplier

Published on by LCdr Louis-Philippe Menard (author)

Sailors from the Fleet Support Unit conduct maintenance work on the Canadian frigate HMCS Regina, alongside Brisbane, Australia. (photo: )

Sailors from the Fleet Support Unit conduct maintenance work on the Canadian frigate HMCS Regina, alongside Brisbane, Australia.

Projecting naval power into other regions of the world requires a significant sustainment effort, and Canadian frigate HMCS Regina recently received a welcome boost when a small team of technicians from the RAN’s Fleet Support Unit showed up in Brisbane to lend a hand.

2019 Navy Engineering Challenge fires up

This article has photo gallery Published on by PO Ann-Maree Anderson (author), LEUT Ryan Zerbe (photographer), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Electronic Technician sailors working on their team's Electronic challenge during the 2018 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LEUT Ryan Zerbe)

Electronic Technician sailors working on their team's Electronic challenge during the 2018 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The 2019 Navy Engineering Challenge has commenced, inviting Navy Technicians to demonstrate their professional skills and be the best they can through friendly and healthy competition.

HMAS Leeuwin hosts Women in Maritime round table

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), ABHSO Siobhan Von Prott (photographer)

Sailors and officers of HMAS Leeuwin with participants of a Women in Maritime round table hosted by the Royal Australian Navy ship in the Federated States of Micronesia. (photo: ABHSO Siobhan Von Prott)

Sailors and officers of HMAS Leeuwin with participants of a Women in Maritime round table hosted by the Royal Australian Navy ship in the Federated States of Micronesia.

HMAS Leeuwin, currently conducting her second deployment for the year, has hosted a round table discussion about Women in Peace and Security, focussing on Women in Maritime, while alongside Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.