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HMAS Sirius maintains presence in the North West Shelf

Published on by MIDN Mitchell Riley-Meijer (author), LCDR Peter Russell (photographer)

Lieutenant Brendan Witt watches over the floating storage/production vessel, Stybarrow Venture, during HMAS Sirius's patrol in the North West Shelf off Western Australia. (photo: LCDR Peter Russell)

Lieutenant Brendan Witt watches over the floating storage/production vessel, Stybarrow Venture, during HMAS Sirius's patrol in the North West Shelf off Western Australia.

Complementing the Government’s border protection operations, HMAS Sirius has concluded a patrol through the North West Shelf Oil and Gas Fields. This patrol, known as Exercise RED RAPTOR, was designed to provide an overt security presence through the critical national infrastructure of the Australia’s North West Shelf.

HMAS Newcastle adds to the trophy cabinet

Published on by LEUT Liam Walters (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Personal Brenda Cox The Supply Excellence Award for the Fleet Unit that has achieved a high standard in Supply Excellence, in front of HMAS Newcastle Ship's Company. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Personal Brenda Cox The Supply Excellence Award for the Fleet Unit that has achieved a high standard in Supply Excellence, in front of HMAS Newcastle Ship's Company.

HMAS Newcastle welcomed in the New Year with a visit from Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral (RADM) Barrett, AM, CSC, for the presentation of two Fleet Awards which Newcastle earned for its performance in 2013.

HMAS Sydney crew gain exposure to future capability with US Navy

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Operations room members from USS Kidd and HMAS Sydney come together for a group photo on the forecastle of USS Kidd at Garden Island Naval Base after conducting training on the Aegis Combat System onboard USS Kidd in preparation for the Royal Australian Navy's new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Operations room members from USS Kidd and HMAS Sydney come together for a group photo on the forecastle of USS Kidd at Garden Island Naval Base after conducting training on the Aegis Combat System onboard USS Kidd in preparation for the Royal Australian Navy's new Hobart class Air Warfare Destroyers.

Members of HMAS Sydney’s crew gained invaluable exposure to the Aegis Combat System this week as they trained onboard the United States Navy Destroyer, USS Kidd, during its port visit to Fleet Base East.

Keel laid for the second Air Warfare Destroyer in Adelaide

Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer)

ASC Apprentices Jayden Cairns and Courtney Bird lay the coin in the keel of the second Air Warfare Destroyer at the ASC Shipyards. (photo: CPL David Gibbs)

ASC Apprentices Jayden Cairns and Courtney Bird lay the coin in the keel of the second Air Warfare Destroyer at the ASC Shipyards.

This week another milestone was reached for the Air Warfare Destroyer project when the keel of the Royal Australian Navy’s second destroyer, NUSHIP Brisbane was laid in Adelaide.

Last toll

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.

USS Kidd arrives in Sydney for Australian first

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

United States Navy ship USS Kidd arrived into Sydney Harbour this week to conduct training with HMAS Sydney and experience Australia during a three day port visit.

Channel 7 gets a close look at Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock ship

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author)

Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra, Captain Jonathan Sadleir is interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Nick Etchells on the bridge of the first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), NUSHIP Canberra berthed at BAE Systems – Maritime Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria.  (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra, Captain Jonathan Sadleir is interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Nick Etchells on the bridge of the first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), NUSHIP Canberra berthed at BAE Systems – Maritime Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria.

The Australian public will get a look inside Navy’s newest ship when Channel 7 airs a news story on their one-hour national news bulletin between 6pm and 7pm tonight (4 February 2014).

HMAS Darwin visits Muscat

Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

Special Sea Dutymen fall in on the forecastle of HMAS Darwin as the ship prepares to berth in Muscat, Oman. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Special Sea Dutymen fall in on the forecastle of HMAS Darwin as the ship prepares to berth in Muscat, Oman.

HMAS Darwin made the first port call of her Operation SLIPPER deployment at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman, earlier this week.

Melbourne masters Damage Control in the Middle East Area of Operations

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A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne.

"Missile closing starboard side, time on top one minute, disperse to port!" blares over the main broadcast speaker system. Fortunately for the Captain and ship's company of HMAS Melbourne, this is just a combat survivability training incident.

HMAS Melbourne turns toward home after successful Middle East deployment

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

"Piped-on!" Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, pays his respects while boarding HMAS Melbourne in Port Sultan Qaboos, Oman.

On the eve of her departure from the Middle East Area of Operations, the sailors and officers of HMAS Melbourne have been congratulated for their efforts while deployed as part of Operation SLIPPER.