Section: Fleet

Immersing himself in submarine command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The start of the year heralded a change at the top for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux, with Commander Daniel Sutherland taking charge of the submarine from Commander Robin Dainty.

HMAS Darwin - the First Lady of the Fleet

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(L-R) Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Warrant Officer Jo Jordan, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Ashley Martin, Able Seaman Marine Technician Jamal Darawshi, Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN and Fleet Command Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Stephen Downey stand with the First Lady of the Fleet Trophy during a ceremony held on-board HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

(L-R) Commanding Officer, HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Warrant Officer Jo Jordan, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Ashley Martin, Able Seaman Marine Technician Jamal Darawshi, Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN and Fleet Command Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Stephen Downey stand with the First Lady of the Fleet Trophy during a ceremony held on-board HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin has been recognised as the Navy’s most senior commissioned ship, with the presentation of a newly created perpetual trophy, the First Lady of the Fleet.

Darwin’s submarine - 75 years on

Published on by Dr Tom Lewis (author)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami). (photo: Unknown)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami).

Outside Darwin’s harbour, a Japanese submarine still lies with her 80-man crew on board.

A good omen for changes ahead at Cerberus

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, handing over the toolbox of responsibility as Training Authority - Engineering to Captain Tim Standen, CSC, RAN, on 13 January 2017 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, handing over the toolbox of responsibility as Training Authority - Engineering to Captain Tim Standen, CSC, RAN, on 13 January 2017 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by some but for HMAS Cerberus 13 January was a day to herald exciting challenges as outgoing Commanding Officer Captain Stephen Bowater, handed command to Captain Tim Standen.

Supporting amphibious development from ashore

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Brisbane Navy base, HMAS Moreton, recently hosted 60 Army Assault Pioneer Platoon personnel for a three-week intensive Advanced Small-Craft Operations Course.

Situated on the Brisbane River at Bulimba, the base became the home to 30 trainees and 30 support staff from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. (photo: Unknown)

Brisbane Navy base, HMAS Moreton, recently hosted 60 Army Assault Pioneer Platoon personnel for a three-week intensive Advanced Small-Craft Operations Course. Situated on the Brisbane River at Bulimba, the base became the home to 30 trainees and 30 support staff from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.

Brisbane Navy base, HMAS Moreton, recently hosted 60 Army Assault Pioneer Platoon personnel for a three-week intensive Advanced Small-Craft Operations Course. 

Anzac straight into work up

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A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base. (photo: ABEW Blayse Kund)

A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base.

HMAS Anzac departed Fleet Base East in Sydney for the first time in 2017 in style - in formation with HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta.

Annual Fleet Awards recognise the best in Navy

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The Commanding Officer of HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN shakes hands with Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matthew Buckley, RAN, with the Chief of Staff - Fleet Command, Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, RAN, looking on as the submarine returns to Fleet base West after completing a nine month deployment. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN shakes hands with Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matthew Buckley, RAN, with the Chief of Staff - Fleet Command, Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, RAN, looking on as the submarine returns to Fleet base West after completing a nine month deployment.

Each year, the Royal Australian Navy presents the Australian Fleet Awards to the highest performing Fleet units, establishments and flights across a variety of disciplines and skills.

Armada ship sailing for Australian waters

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Commanding Officer ESPS Cristóbal Colón, Commander Ignacio Cuartero Lorenzo welcomes the Royal Australian Navy Detachment onboard. L-R LSCIS Tim Lawler, CPOMT Shane Smith, LEUT Chris Thornton, POMT Ben Smith, LCDR Ben Wellfare and CMDR Ignacio Cuartero. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer ESPS Cristóbal Colón, Commander Ignacio Cuartero Lorenzo welcomes the Royal Australian Navy Detachment onboard. L-R LSCIS Tim Lawler, CPOMT Shane Smith, LEUT Chris Thornton, POMT Ben Smith, LCDR Ben Wellfare and CMDR Ignacio Cuartero.

On a frosty and unseasonably sunny Galician morning, the crew of Spanish Armada ship F-105 ESPS Cristóbal Colón, embarked with a detachment of five Royal Australian Navy personnel, departed the historic Naval station of Ferrol, bound for Australia.

Moreton returns with a busy year

Published on by LEUT Nick Robinson (author), CPL Ben Dempster (author)

Mr Greg Turner (centre), representing Maritime Safety Queensland and his employer Navy officer Lieutenant Rick Christensen (right), accepts the South Queensland Employer Support Award for Medium Business Category from Commander Mark McConnell, Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton.  (photo: CPL Ben Dempster)

Mr Greg Turner (centre), representing Maritime Safety Queensland and his employer Navy officer Lieutenant Rick Christensen (right), accepts the South Queensland Employer Support Award for Medium Business Category from Commander Mark McConnell, Commanding Officer HMAS Moreton.

Since the commissioning of HMAS Moreton in May 2016, it’s been all hands on deck at the Navy’s newest shore establishment.

Aviation trials on track throughout Fleet

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Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit has a busy 2017 planned, with seven first of class flight trials scheduled before September.