Section: Fleet

Cooperation aids safety investigations

Published on by FLTLT Barrie Bardoe (author)

Lieutenant Commander Darryl Whitehead during his six month secondment to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Darryl Whitehead during his six month secondment to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

An Australian Navy member had a unique opportunity recently when he joined civilian aviation accident investigators as part of a six-month secondment to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

 

A mystery in a bottle returned

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Commodore Peter Leavy, the Naval Attache in Washington and a former Commanding Officer of Sydney IV took the opportunity of being in Seattle to present a certificate of appreciation, to former members of Todd Shipyards at a  group to dinner. (photo: Unknown)

Commodore Peter Leavy, the Naval Attache in Washington and a former Commanding Officer of Sydney IV took the opportunity of being in Seattle to present a certificate of appreciation, to former members of Todd Shipyards at a group to dinner.

The HMAS Sydney IV whisky retrieval story has added a new chapter, with an Australian Navy memento being presented to members of the ship’s American build team.

 

Submarines - a ‘worthy’ force

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mrs Cindy Wainwright (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

(R to L): Commodore Andrew Robertson, Commodore Russell Baker, and other Senior Naval Officers during a Submarine Seaworthiness Board at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

(R to L): Commodore Andrew Robertson, Commodore Russell Baker, and other Senior Naval Officers during a Submarine Seaworthiness Board at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

The requirement to traverse both in and on the waters of the greater region creates significant complexity for the enterprise that gets Australian submarines to sea. The sum of all the parts is called ‘seaworthiness’ and looks at the physical condition of submarines as well as the status and training of the personnel that are required to crew and support them. So who deems a submarine ‘worthy’?

 

Policy advice essential in Indo-Pacific

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Policy Adviser for International Policy Division, Lisa Chadderton, is presented with a commemorative coin by Deputy Chief Hydrographer, Royal Malaysian Navy, Commodore Hanafiah bin Hassan, during an office call by Commander Task Group 661.1 to the office of the Chief Hydrographer, Royal Malaysian Navy, while in Port Klang, Malaysia, for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Policy Adviser for International Policy Division, Lisa Chadderton, is presented with a commemorative coin by Deputy Chief Hydrographer, Royal Malaysian Navy, Commodore Hanafiah bin Hassan, during an office call by Commander Task Group 661.1 to the office of the Chief Hydrographer, Royal Malaysian Navy, while in Port Klang, Malaysia, for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

Two Defence International Policy Division advisors have been embarked in HMAS Adelaide as part of her recent deployment throughout the Asian region.

 

Australian warships exercise with Republic Of Korea

Published on by LCDR Scott Carter (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17.

Across late October and early November, Royal Australian Navy frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta visited the Republic of Korea for the biennial maritime anti-submarine warfare exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY.  

Command team in longest goodbye

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (author)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)  (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)

As HMAS Darwin heads towards being decommissioned in December, her Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, has the privilege of having served the longest time at the helm.
Commander Henry took command from Captain Terrence Morrison in June 2015 and will complete a two and half years in the top job.

Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABEW Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.

Royal Australian Navy frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju.

MK92 maintainers make their mark

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

The final Mk92 Fire Control System maintainer course embarked on HMAS Darwin. L to R POET David McCann, ABET Sam Chiswell, ABET Joe Battistello, ABET Michaela Manning, ABET Ben Marks, ABET Dean Markham, ABET Jade Eckhoff, ABET Paulo Eberhardt, ABET Chris Arnott, POET Michael Van Der Wel  (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

The final Mk92 Fire Control System maintainer course embarked on HMAS Darwin. L to R POET David McCann, ABET Sam Chiswell, ABET Joe Battistello, ABET Michaela Manning, ABET Ben Marks, ABET Dean Markham, ABET Jade Eckhoff, ABET Paulo Eberhardt, ABET Chris Arnott, POET Michael Van Der Wel

Prior to departing Fleet Base East for deployment, HMAS Darwin welcomed aboard trainee sailors destined to become the final generation of Mk92 Fire Control System maintainers for the Adelaide class frigates.

PNG Prime Minister visits HMAS Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill (far right) disembarks HMAS Adelaide's MRH-90 during a visit to the ship in Port Morseby, as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill (far right) disembarks HMAS Adelaide's MRH-90 during a visit to the ship in Port Morseby, as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

HMAS Adelaide’s departure from Port Moresby has completed a successful regional engagement with Papua New Guinea’s political and defence leaders.

Well deserved break for Waller

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Ship's company of HMAS Waller on the casing for a group photograph.  (photo: Unknown)

Ship's company of HMAS Waller on the casing for a group photograph.

Spending 106 days away from home, with 75 days underway and many of those underwater, is something Australian Navy submariners take in their stride, but keeping a boat at sea takes some special skills.