Three federal politicians were given a hands-on experience of life in the Royal Australian Navy recently, when they visited HMAS Creswell as part of the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program 2013.
STS Young Endeavour has returned to Australia following the Sydney Auckland Tall Ship Regatta and the ship's New Zealand Voyage Program. It was Young Endeavour's first overseas visit in seven years, and the young Australians on board certainly made the most of it, spending several weeks exploring the Bay of Islands, Cook Strait and the East Cape.
HMAS Farncomb has completed a week of training with the James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 Submersible in the East Australia Exercise Area to prove Australia's submarine rescue capabilities.
HS BLUE Crew embarked in HMAS Melville recently to complete maritime skills evaluation, unit readiness evaluation and mission readiness evaluation before proceeding on survey operations near Bathurst Island, Northern Territory.
“Today, is very much a history making day,” the Commander of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, told guests at a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction of the MH-60R (Seahawk Romeo) Helicopter Capability facilities at HMAS Albatross yesterday.
After almost five months away, HMAS Waller graciously berthed back at her home port of Fleet Base West last week. As she arrived alongside, she was welcomed by crew member’s families and members of the Submarine Force. Her return marked the end of a series of exercise engagements and port visits in Australia and Asia.
A focus on Force Protection by the Sea Training Unit – Submarines (STU-SM) this year not only improved this necessary competency across the Navy’s fleet of submarines, but also provided unique support to HMAS Sirius in October.
The crew of HMAS Success are hard at work conducting their Work-Up and Unit Readiness Evaluation in the East Australian Exercise Area after returning to sea late October following an extended refit.
Thirty-seven kilometres south of Hobart, the idyllic shores of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel were the scene of some rather unique Navy training activity.
On Sunday 20 October, 65 sea-ready members of the 49th New Entry Officer Course (NEOC), or NEOCs as they are affectionately known, embarked on their three-week Sea Training Deployment in HMAS Tobruk.