Section: Fleet

Darwin helps Adelaide celebrate Navy Week

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

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Maritime Patrol Wing toured HMAS Darwin while berthed at Adelaide for Navy Week celebrations 2017. (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Maritime Patrol Wing toured HMAS Darwin while berthed at Adelaide for Navy Week celebrations 2017.

HMAS Darwin proved a popular attraction for sightseers in Adelaide when she berthed at the capital city for Navy Week South Australia.

Navy develops tactical unmanned aircraft capability

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The Schiebel S100 Camcopter has been acquired by the Royal Australian Navy to support trials and evaluation activities to reduce risks ahead of acquiring a permanent unmanned aircraft system capability in the early 2020s. (photo: Schiebel)

The Schiebel S100 Camcopter has been acquired by the Royal Australian Navy to support trials and evaluation activities to reduce risks ahead of acquiring a permanent unmanned aircraft system capability in the early 2020s.

The next phase of introducing an unmanned aircraft system capability to the Royal Australian Navy has progressed. 

Mine warfare hub sees smoke

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LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits. (photo: Unknown)

LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits.

HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a 'sleepy hollow across the Harbour' by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.

Wyatt Earp continuing mission

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Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica. (photo: LCDR Michael Kumpis)

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica.

The Royal Australian Navy's Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp is currently conducting surveying operations based out of Davis, one of Australia’s Antarctic Stations.

International friendships strengthened in crisis

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HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise NGA TAHI. (photo: Unknown)

HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise NGA TAHI.

The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year.

Melbourne off to a flying start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Robert White (author), LEUT Owen Higgins (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.  (photo: LEUT Owen Higgins)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.

HMAS Melbourne has continued to ‘gather strength’ in 2017 conducting MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Darwin opens scuttles and hatches

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Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Underwater Ben Hinton and family onboard HMAS Darwin during the recent family day. (photo: LCDR Jason O’Gorman)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Underwater Ben Hinton and family onboard HMAS Darwin during the recent family day.

HMAS Darwin rolled out the welcome mat for around 120 family and friends recently helping them understand the life at sea of their loved ones.

Huon pine delivers century of service

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Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 by well-known Tasmanian shipwright EA ‘Ned’ Jack, at his boatyard on the Tamar River near Launceston, as a workboat for wealthy grazier Captain James Holyman.
 
The wooden carvel-construction hull was planked in Huon pine, and the boat was powered by a Rugby Red Seal 16 horsepower petrol motor. Riawe displaces nine tonnes and is 11 metres long. (photo: Unknown)

Former HMAS Riawe was built in 1912 by well-known Tasmanian shipwright EA ‘Ned’ Jack, at his boatyard on the Tamar River near Launceston, as a workboat for wealthy grazier Captain James Holyman. The wooden carvel-construction hull was planked in Huon pine, and the boat was powered by a Rugby Red Seal 16 horsepower petrol motor. Riawe displaces nine tonnes and is 11 metres long.

A patrol boat that was already 30 years old when it was acquired for war service is still going strong – 104 years after its construction.

Armoured vehicles put to the test on Canberra

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A Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle prior to being loaded onto the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

A Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle prior to being loaded onto the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016.

HMAS Canberra was introduced to the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles late last year, as part of Project Land 400 phase two trials.

Airborne survey of the Apple Isle

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Matt Collins (author)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight will deploy to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all civilian and military vessels. (photo: Mr Matt Collins)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight will deploy to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all civilian and military vessels.

Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight has deployed to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.