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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

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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.

Immersing himself in submarine command

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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.

Airborne survey of the Apple Isle

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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.

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.

Deployed sailors get top level support

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN chats with Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Lauren Hansford, during his visit to Australia's main operating base, Camp Baird, in the Middle East region.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight, passed through Camp Baird in late December as part of their visit to the Middle East region and HMAS Arunta deployed to Operation MANITOU.

Football and food Armada-style

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Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with chef Jarrad Powell and apprentice Noah De Souza from Rustico Tapas and Bar in Rockingham, for a small master-class run by Rustico Tapas and Bar in the galley onboard ESPS Cristobal Colon. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with chef Jarrad Powell and apprentice Noah De Souza from Rustico Tapas and Bar in Rockingham, for a small master-class run by Rustico Tapas and Bar in the galley onboard ESPS Cristobal Colon.

The arrival at Fleet Base West of the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Christobal Colon to participate in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2017 has provided an ideal opportunity for the showcasing of two great Spanish loves - football and food.