Topic: HMAS Coonawarra

New Executive Officer for the Top End

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABML-P Leah Croker (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall ‘takes the weight’ as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra from Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall ‘takes the weight’ as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra from Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay.

Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall has taken over as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra in uniquely Darwin style, ‘taking the weight’ in the form of a baby crocodile from her predecessor Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay.

Navy commemorates 76th anniversary of Bombing of Darwin

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), SGT Andrew Eddie (photographer)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. (photo: SGT Andrew Eddie)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Navy personnel and a patrol boat from HMAS Coonawarra have taken part in commemorations to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

 

Coonawarra to take on greater leadership role in the north

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, and the Coonawarra command team in front of the new HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, and the Coonawarra command team in front of the new HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters.

The Royal Australian Navy has taken front stage at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin with the relocation of HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters to the entrance of the joint Defence base.

Coonawarra prepares for cyclone season

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

Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day.

The Royal Australian Navy in Darwin knows too well the devastation of a cyclone. In the early hours of Christmas Day in 1974, Cyclone Tracy ripped HMAS Arrow from her mooring in Darwin Harbour and dashed the patrol boat against Stokes Hill Wharf. Two sailors were killed.

Anzac Day in focus for NT students

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), Ms Nakita Pollock (photographer)

Jane Kearney, Leading Seaman James Whittle and Verena Bukovac are the three chaperones selected for the 2018 NT Government Anzac Spirit Study Tour. (photo: )

Jane Kearney, Leading Seaman James Whittle and Verena Bukovac are the three chaperones selected for the 2018 NT Government Anzac Spirit Study Tour.

The Northern Territory Government has recognised the integrity and leadership of a HMAS Coonawarra sailor by selecting him as a chaperone on its 2018 Anzac Spirit Study Tour.

Navy pair comes to the aid of seriously injured cyclist

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Scott Fox and Lieutenant Anthony Russell from HMAS Coonawarra stand outside the Larrakeyah Health Centre.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Scott Fox and Lieutenant Anthony Russell from HMAS Coonawarra stand outside the Larrakeyah Health Centre.

The quick actions, cool heads and training of an officer and a sailor from HMAS Coonawarra have helped a seriously injured cyclist caught underneath a bus in Darwin recently.

 

Top End exercise improves regional security

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

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.

The Australian and Papua New Guinean navies have successfully completed Exercise PARADISE off the coast of Darwin, sharing knowledge and rehearsing scenarios to improve regional security and interoperability between the forces.

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.

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

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

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.

No gaps in gap year

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

Navy Gap Year participant Seaman Emily Wood onboard HMAS Canberra for the sea phase of the 12 month gap year program. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Navy Gap Year participant Seaman Emily Wood onboard HMAS Canberra for the sea phase of the 12 month gap year program.

Only six months after joining the Navy, Seaman Emily Wood has found herself on the ship bearing the name of her home town. After joining the Navy Gap Year program from the national capital in January she was recently given the opportunity to complete three weeks at sea onboard HMAS Canberra.