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NUSQN 725 marks 1,000 hour milestone

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author and photographer)

From left, Petty Officer Matt Polman, Leading Seaman Keith Eddy, Petty Officer Luke Stevens and Leading Seaman Courtnay Roper in front of a MH-60R Seahawk Romeo, after NUSQN 725 achieved 1000 flight hours during training in Jacksonville, Florida. (photo: LEUT Mark Flowerdew)

From left, Petty Officer Matt Polman, Leading Seaman Keith Eddy, Petty Officer Luke Stevens and Leading Seaman Courtnay Roper in front of a MH-60R Seahawk Romeo, after NUSQN 725 achieved 1000 flight hours during training in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Royal Australian Navy's Seahawk Romeo crews have achieved a significant aviation milestone, passing 1,000 flight hours in the MH-60R aircraft whilst undergoing training in the United States.

Newcastle on Patrol in the North West Shelf

Published on by LCDR Jodie Wilkinson (author), LEUT Clinton Walters (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle on patrol in the North West Shelf, an extensive oil and gas region off the North West Australian coast.
 (photo: LEUT Clinton Walters)

HMAS Newcastle on patrol in the North West Shelf, an extensive oil and gas region off the North West Australian coast.

HMAS Newcastle’s recent transit from Darwin to HMAS Stirling south of Perth was a busy one with the ship patrolling the waters around over 20 oil and gas platforms.

HMAS Diamantina visits Timor-Leste for Maritime Training

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), Arlindo dos Santos Soares (photographer), LSMED Ben Catterall (photographer)

Members of Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Diamantina, pose with counterparts from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force during their port visit to Dili. Diamantina is visiting Timor-Leste in a new phase of Australia’s close Defence relationship with the country. (photo: Arlindo dos Santos Soares )

Members of Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Diamantina, pose with counterparts from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force during their port visit to Dili. Diamantina is visiting Timor-Leste in a new phase of Australia’s close Defence relationship with the country.

Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Diamantina, is visiting Timor-Leste for four days, to engage with the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) in a new phase of Australia’s close Defence relationship with the country.

Arunta returns to Sydney after successful upgrade

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

HMAS Arunta departs Sydney Heads during a trial period. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

HMAS Arunta departs Sydney Heads during a trial period.

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class frigate HMAS Arunta sailed into Sydney this week for the first time since completing the Anti Ship Missile Defence upgrade in Western Australia.

Vietnamese Navy personnel tour HMAS Larrakia

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seamman Boatswains Mate Nathan Powell briefs visiting Vietnam Peoples Navy officers on boarding party equipment during a tour of HMAS Larrakia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Leading Seamman Boatswains Mate Nathan Powell briefs visiting Vietnam Peoples Navy officers on boarding party equipment during a tour of HMAS Larrakia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Officers and sailors from the Vietnam People's Navy were given an insight into some of the finer points of Royal Australian Navy boarding operations recently during a tour of HMAS Larrakia.

HMAS Stuart port visit to Malaysia

Published on by WO Tim Badger (author and photographer), ABCIS B Gamer (photographer)

The view of Kuala Lumpur from the Kuala Lumpur Tower as seen by the members of HMAS Stuart during their port visit to Port Klang, Malaysia. (photo: WO Tim Badger)

The view of Kuala Lumpur from the Kuala Lumpur Tower as seen by the members of HMAS Stuart during their port visit to Port Klang, Malaysia.

The ship’s company of HMAS Stuart took some time out of their hectic schedule this year to enjoy a couple of days rest and recuperation in Malaysia.

HMAS Larrakia visit to Ho Chi Minh City

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Larrakia sails into a sunset enroute to Vietnam during her six-week South East Asian Deployment. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Larrakia sails into a sunset enroute to Vietnam during her six-week South East Asian Deployment.

HMAS Larrakia recently departed the Vietnamese port of Ho Chi Minh City, after a successful four-day visit that included a mixture of official receptions, a sporting engagement and shore leave for the 34 members of ship's company.

Australia lends a hand in Bougainville with Operation RENDER SAFE

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Australian Defence Force personnel have arrived in Bougainville to address a potentially deadly legacy posed by unexploded ordnance from past conflicts as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Top 'Gun Busters' on HMAS Toowoomba keep it clean and ready to fire

Published on by LSIS James Whittle (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Gerard Reeves and ABET Rhys Clark conduct maintenance on the Mark 54, 5-inch gun on board HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Gerard Reeves and ABET Rhys Clark conduct maintenance on the Mark 54, 5-inch gun on board HMAS Toowoomba.

HMAS Toowoomba's Mark 54 five-inch gun maintainers or 'gun busters' are understandably proud of their role.

Sailor soars on Wedgetail

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), SGT Andrew Eddie (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Pete Gillam, a surveillance and control officer on an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prepares for a mission in the Middle East. (photo: CPL Max Bree)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Pete Gillam, a surveillance and control officer on an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prepares for a mission in the Middle East.

After twice seeing the Middle East from HMAS Adelaide, a sailor has taken to the skies for a different perspective of the region aboard a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail aircraft as part of Operation OKRA.