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Australia and Sri Lanka to forge stronger ties

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Roger Brennan (author), CPL Kylie Gibson (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Royal Australian Air Force officer Commander Joint Task Force 661 Air Commodore Richard Owen, AM, stands on the flag deck of HMAS Success during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Royal Australian Air Force officer Commander Joint Task Force 661 Air Commodore Richard Owen, AM, stands on the flag deck of HMAS Success during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR (IPE 19) is Australia’s largest ever Defence engagement activity with Sri Lanka.

IPE19 prepares for explosive training activities with regional partners

Published on by FLTLT Bel Scott (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Clearance Diver Istvan Dobo (right) discusses the usage of the Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot with Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Ethan Smith during a joint training exercise on board HMAS Canberra as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.  (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Clearance Diver Istvan Dobo (right) discusses the usage of the Talon Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot with Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Ethan Smith during a joint training exercise on board HMAS Canberra as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

As the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR Task Force approached Sri Lanka, Australian Navy and Army teams prepared for diving, demolition and explosive ordinance disposal training with regional partners.

Engineering into a new era

Published on by LCDR Scott Rayner (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

HMAS Parramatta’s Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer, LEUT Monica Tabulo (centre right) is presented her Weapons Engineer Charge Qualification Certificate by Director Fleet Engineering, CAPT Grant McLennan, RAN (centre left) and the Weapons Engineer Charge Qualification board from HMAS Canberra. (L-R) Executive Officer CMDR Brett Wescott, RAN; Commander Engineering, CMDR Sean Bowers, RAN; Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer, LCDR Mark Williams; and Engineering Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Marine Technician Colin Milligan. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

HMAS Parramatta’s Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer, LEUT Monica Tabulo (centre right) is presented her Weapons Engineer Charge Qualification Certificate by Director Fleet Engineering, CAPT Grant McLennan, RAN (centre left) and the Weapons Engineer Charge Qualification board from HMAS Canberra. (L-R) Executive Officer CMDR Brett Wescott, RAN; Commander Engineering, CMDR Sean Bowers, RAN; Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer, LCDR Mark Williams; and Engineering Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Marine Technician Colin Milligan.

A significant milestone was achieved in the Royal Australian Navy engineering community this month, when the first Engineering Charge Qualification (CQ) Board was conducted at sea on a ship attached to a Joint Task Group.

Newcastle patrols Bass Strait oil rigs

Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle patrols oil rigs in the Bass Strait during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Newcastle patrols oil rigs in the Bass Strait during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

While transiting to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle separated from the OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group to undertake patrols of key oil infrastructure in the Bass Strait as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment.

ANZAC spirit alive and well on OCEAN EXPLORER

Published on by LCDR Dallas Gray (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Officers and sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked in HMAS Success during the transit from Fleet Base East in Sydney to Fremantle, WA. (L-R) Ordinary Marine Technician Quinn Harris, Ordinary Marine Technician Kody Wilson, Midshipman Hamish Hahunga, Leading Hand Marine Technician Sam McGill, Sub Lieutenant Eddy Hall, Able Seaman Combat Specialist Joshua Halliwell, Sub Lieutenant Cameron Jamieson, and Ordinary Marine Technician Ofa Vala. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Officers and sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked in HMAS Success during the transit from Fleet Base East in Sydney to Fremantle, WA. (L-R) Ordinary Marine Technician Quinn Harris, Ordinary Marine Technician Kody Wilson, Midshipman Hamish Hahunga, Leading Hand Marine Technician Sam McGill, Sub Lieutenant Eddy Hall, Able Seaman Combat Specialist Joshua Halliwell, Sub Lieutenant Cameron Jamieson, and Ordinary Marine Technician Ofa Vala.

The Ship’s Company of HMAS Success has welcomed eight members of the Royal New Zealand Navy on board for part of the ship’s final deployment before she’s decommissioned in June.

Navy air capability arrives at Avalon for 2019 Airshow

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL David Said (photographer)

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter lands at Avalon Airport in preparation for the Australian International Airshow 2019. (photo: CPL David Said)

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter lands at Avalon Airport in preparation for the Australian International Airshow 2019.

The Royal Australian Navy helicopters have arrived at Avalon, Victoria for the 2019 Australian International Airshow (AIA19).

Navy surveys the sub-Antarctic sea floor

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The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand. (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is currently deployed to Invercargill in New Zealand to undertake survey operations over Macquarie Island, a 34km long World Heritage listed island that lies approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica.

Stirling strengthens bonds with local police

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams.

The close relationship between HMAS Stirling and the local constabulary was formally recognised recently when Rockingham Police Command was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Stirling Executive Officer Commander Larry Menon.

Choules departs for Southwest Pacific engagement

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Boatswains Mate, Seaman Callum McKenzie prepares to pass securing lines, as an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of HMAS Choules in Townsville, Queensland. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Royal Australian Navy Boatswains Mate, Seaman Callum McKenzie prepares to pass securing lines, as an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of HMAS Choules in Townsville, Queensland.

HMAS Choules has deployed on a month long activity focused on conducting maritime and land training activities with Australia’s regional partners in the Southwest Pacific.

MV Sycamore trains Generation Next

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Karl Brinckmann (author), Mr Garry Vincent (photographer)

Australian Navy Cadets watch from the Helicopter Control Station as a EC135 helicopter lands on the flight deck of MV Sycamore. (photo: Mr Garry Vincent)

Australian Navy Cadets watch from the Helicopter Control Station as a EC135 helicopter lands on the flight deck of MV Sycamore.

As the new year began, the Royal Australian Navy’s multi-role aviation training vessel MV Sycamore was setting a course for the future, preparing for a big year of training the next generations of officers and sailors.