Topic: Australian Hydrographic Service

Navy airborne survey for PNG

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Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (or LADS) Flight recently commenced a six week deployment to Papua New Guinea, with the Dash 8-200 aircraft operating from Port Moresby whilst deployed.

Survey vessels hit the charts

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HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma.

Training to ‘fight and win at sea’ occurs across the Navy every day of the year, but how does that concept map to the hydrographic fleet and their motto ‘diligence and skill’? – step into the world of the Navy’s survey motor launches.

View from the top for Able Seaman

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The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Teamwork essential for charting coastline

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Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland.

Being part of a highly-specialised team is one of the things Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson appreciates most about his role with the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight.

Science degree just the ticket for survey work

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Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid.

Armed with a degree in environmental biology, Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicola Kingdon has put her training to full use as part of the survey team in HMAS Mermaid.

Community contributes to survey success

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Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.

Survey operations near the Goulburn Islands, 300 kilometres east of Darwin, has provided an opportunity to engage with a remote local community.

Mapping Australia from the sky

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The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

For 25 years a Navy fixed-wing unit has been a quiet achiever contributing to the maintenance of nautical charts and safe navigation in Australian coastal and territorial waters.

Surveying his options after 52 years

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Royal Australian Navy Commander Alan Regan (left), of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and his wife Juleia are presented a retirement gift by Head Joint Systems Division, Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, at Russell Offices in Canberra on 22 July, 2017. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Alan Regan (left), of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, and his wife Juleia are presented a retirement gift by Head Joint Systems Division, Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, at Russell Offices in Canberra on 22 July, 2017.

One naval officer has recently called stumps on a remarkable career, spanning more than half a century.

Surveying the great south

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The Royal Australian Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight surveys the Gulf of St Vincent. (photo: ABHSO Peyton Carey)

The Royal Australian Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight surveys the Gulf of St Vincent.

The Royal Australian Navy has been engaging in a world first as part of a 10-week maritime survey mission in waters off South Australia.

From the vineyard to the sea

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HMAS Benalla ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service in Madang, PNG. (photo: LEUT Jannah Wright)

HMAS Benalla ANZAC Day 2017 Dawn Service in Madang, PNG.

Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Thomas Beddome grew up in rural Eudunda, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, an area renowned for producing fine wine, golden crops and livestock, never envisaging he would end up living on a ship.