Topic: Australian Hydrographic Service

Survey vessels hit the charts

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma.

Training to ‘fight and win at sea’ occurs across the Navy every day of the year, but how does that concept map to the hydrographic fleet and their motto ‘diligence and skill’? – step into the world of the Navy’s survey motor launches.

View from the top for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Teamwork essential for charting coastline

Published on by CPOB Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland.

Being part of a highly-specialised team is one of the things Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson appreciates most about his role with the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight.

Science degree just the ticket for survey work

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOB Tony Martin (author), CPOB Tony Martin (photographer)

Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Nicola Kingdon conducting seamanship evolutions onboard HMAS Mermaid.

Armed with a degree in environmental biology, Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicola Kingdon has put her training to full use as part of the survey team in HMAS Mermaid.

Community contributes to survey success

Published on by SBLT Dean Gilbert (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.

Survey operations near the Goulburn Islands, 300 kilometres east of Darwin, has provided an opportunity to engage with a remote local community.