Five weeks, three ships, 2000 uniforms and civilians, four dogs and a sheep! Task Group Operations are always challenging. Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Ash Papp answered a few questions for us, during Exercise SEA EXPLORER off the North Queensland coast.
Helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has returned to Fleet Base East after a three month South East Asia Deployment as part of a three ship Task Unit with HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. Since departing Fleet Base East in March, Anzac has visited seven ports in six nations, participated in two international exercises, conducted passage exercises with French, Royal Thai and Philippines navies and travelled a total of 13,000 nautical miles.
Navy’s amphibious focus has shifted into top gear with two Task Groups now deployed across the region.
A 40/60 Bofors gun has found a new home at the Aviation Heritage Museum after a combined effort from Navy, the Aviation Heritage Museum and the Western Australian Museum to prepare the gun for display.
The Fleet Air Arm (FAA) Innovative Behaviours Program continues to produce results to get the best from the Navy’s maritime aviation warfare capabilities.
Navy’s Fleet Support Unit – South East has completed a very unusual job for their Army friends.
HMAS Success ship’s band, RASamataz, has played live to a captive audience as the RAN 'Battle Tanker' topped up HMAS Toowoomba, during their South East Asia Deployment.
The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.
NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified.
When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew's warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently.