Section: Fleet

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

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

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.

Role of advisers key to success in the region

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Honiara-based Forum Fisheries Agency Surveillance Operations Officer Commander Gavin Baker and Federated States of Melanesia-based Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Chris O'Keefe were among Navy members based across the Pacific who attended a five-day conference in Canberra from 21-25 November, 2016. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Honiara-based Forum Fisheries Agency Surveillance Operations Officer Commander Gavin Baker and Federated States of Melanesia-based Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Chris O'Keefe were among Navy members based across the Pacific who attended a five-day conference in Canberra from 21-25 November, 2016.

Junior officers and chief petty officers looking for a rewarding challenge are encouraged to consider a role as a Technical Adviser or Maritime Surveillance Adviser in the Pacific.

Taking on the cyber threat

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author), CPL Nunu Campos (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Morgan Fitzpatrick from Defence Strategic Communication participates in Cyberspace Operations Training at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. (photo: CPL Nunu Campos)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Morgan Fitzpatrick from Defence Strategic Communication participates in Cyberspace Operations Training at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.

In today’s world, where almost everything is connected to a computer network, the opportunity for crime and espionage to flourish is more prevalent than ever and the Australian Defence Force has paired with experts to ensure personnel are prepared.

Anzac finishes year with a bang

Published on by LCDR Ronald Trigg (author), SBLT Adam Klyne (author)

The Vertical Launch System of HMAS Anzac fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile during a training exercise. (photo: Unknown)

The Vertical Launch System of HMAS Anzac fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile during a training exercise.

For the first time since her since her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade in 2014, Anzac has successfully completed an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile firing against an airborne target.

Darwin still sailing strong

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Her Majesty's Australian Ship Darwin, prepares to come alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin in 2016.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Her Majesty's Australian Ship Darwin, prepares to come alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin in 2016.

Guided missile frigate, HMAS Darwin had a jam-packed 2016 with the frigate deployed on two operations and working with a number of foreign navies across the globe - proof that the old girl still has the goods, going into her 33rd year of service.

Commander no slouch in Anzac

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samual Pang (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East.

Commander Belinda Wood formally handed over command of HMAS Anzac to Commander Michael Devine on 9 December in a ceremony onboard the ship as she was alongside in Sydney.

Coonawarra change of command

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

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra.

Command of Darwin Navy base, HMAS Coonawarra, has been passed from Commander John Navin to Commander Viktor Pilicic.

Sustainable environmental vision

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), LSIS Bill Louys (photographer)

Sunset over Jervis Bay. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Bill Louys)

Sunset over Jervis Bay.

The recently issued 2016 Defence Environmental Policy and 2016-2036 Defence Environment Strategy said it all in the vision statement: Defence will be a leader in sustainable environmental management to support the capability to defend Australia and its national interests.

A Force to be reckoned with

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Captain Michael Harris at HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Captain Michael Harris at HMAS Coonawarra.

Navy’s Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Boat Force has had a busy year consolidating key changes while continuing to meet operational requirements.