Section: Fleet

Future focus for Waterhen

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), CMDR Nick Watson (photographer)

HMAS Waterhen with a large variety of assets alongside, including MATV and Cape Inscription.   (photo: CMDR Nick Watxon)

HMAS Waterhen with a large variety of assets alongside, including MATV and Cape Inscription.

More than three decades ago the continued service of Sydney base, HMAS Waterhen was confirmed as a key component to Navy’s future requirements, and she’s certainly paid back dividends since – but what’s next?

Information Warfare Force established

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, AM, CSC and Bar, RAN, and Commander Information Warfare Force, Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, (centre) with personnel that are now part of the Information Warfare Force at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, AM, CSC and Bar, RAN, and Commander Information Warfare Force, Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, (centre) with personnel that are now part of the Information Warfare Force at HMAS Kuttabul.

An important step in delivering Navy’s future warfare effects was achieved in Sydney on 1 July with the establishment of a specific organisation to focus on information warfare.

Adelaide air operations on track

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Lucito Irlandez (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Aircraft Director Leading Seaman Aviation Support Charanpreet Anand controls a hot refuel of a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, while a MRH90 Taipan helicopter of 808 Squadron conducts concurrent deck landings aboard HMAS Adelaide, in the East Australian Exercise Area off the coast of NSW. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Aircraft Director Leading Seaman Aviation Support Charanpreet Anand controls a hot refuel of a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, while a MRH90 Taipan helicopter of 808 Squadron conducts concurrent deck landings aboard HMAS Adelaide, in the East Australian Exercise Area off the coast of NSW.

Following a period of maintenance, HMAS Adelaide sailed from Sydney’s Fleet Base East in July for trials with over 50 technical staff embarked to verify and validate the work undertaken during her dry dock.

Evacuated with wisdom and courage

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Dean Gilbert (author), Unknown (photographer)

An Aircrewman from HMAS Ballarat watches as HMAS Ballarat's MH60-R helicopter prepares to conduct a casualty extraction from HMAS Shepparton. (photo: Unknown)

An Aircrewman from HMAS Ballarat watches as HMAS Ballarat's MH60-R helicopter prepares to conduct a casualty extraction from HMAS Shepparton.

When one of their own became a real-time casualty, the crew of survey motor launch, HMAS Shepparton acted swiftly to provide an immediate response and medical evacuation by helicopter.

Paradise not lost on patrol boats

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Dignitaries from the Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australian navies at the Openening Ceremony for Exercise PARADISE, an annual activity designed to improve regional security to the north of Australia and interoperability between the PNG and Australian navies.  (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Dignitaries from the Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australian navies at the Openening Ceremony for Exercise PARADISE, an annual activity designed to improve regional security to the north of Australia and interoperability between the PNG and Australian navies.

One of the largest bilateral maritime exercises between Australia and Papua New Guinea is underway off Darwin, reinforcing the strong ties between the navies of the maritime nations.

First Lady of the Fleet celebrates

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea.

As the activities of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 17 started to draw to a conclusion in July, the crew of HMAS Darwin, took the chance of a brief time out to celebrate the final seagoing birthday of the Fleet veteran.

Darwin team: the changing face of Navy

Published on by SBLT James Tew (author), ABEW Ryan Taylor (photographer)

(From left) Sub Lieutenant's Teiah McKee and Kylea Jones with Lieutenant Claire McIntosh on the forecaslte of HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABEW RYAN TAYLOR)

(From left) Sub Lieutenant's Teiah McKee and Kylea Jones with Lieutenant Claire McIntosh on the forecaslte of HMAS Darwin.

Not only is HMAS Darwin the first lady of the fleet, the female-led bridge team is a demonstration of the changing face of Navy.

Carving history in her honour

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Paul McCallum (author), POIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Sculptor Richard Yates works on the Battle Honour Board for HMAS Hobart, at his workshop in Chewton, Victoria. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)

Sculptor Richard Yates works on the Battle Honour Board for HMAS Hobart, at his workshop in Chewton, Victoria.

In a small country town, an hour from Melbourne, American-born sculptor Richard Yates is making his mark on the Australian Navy’s new fleet of destroyers, hand carving the battle honour boards for the future HMA Ships HobartBrisbane and Sydney.

A ship’s history – HMAS Bunbury II – submissions wanted

Published on by CMDR Andrew Schroder (author), LSPH Tracy Casteleijn (photographer)

HMAS Bunbury in the foreground, with FNS La Glorieuse on the right. (photo: LSPH Tracy Casteleijn)

HMAS Bunbury in the foreground, with FNS La Glorieuse on the right.

For more than a century there have been hundreds of ships and aircraft as well as many thousands of people who have served the Royal Australian Navy, but who keeps tabs on ships past and present, and collects the history for future generations?

Bottle in ship causes a stir

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author)

The commemorative display of the whisky and coin found inside ex-HMAS Sydney's mast. (photo: )

The commemorative display of the whisky and coin found inside ex-HMAS Sydney's mast.

A small bottle of whisky, recovered from the base of ex-HMAS Sydney IV’s mast during its scrapping in mid-June, has caused quite a stir in naval circles.