HS BLUE Crew embarked in HMAS Melville recently to complete maritime skills evaluation, unit readiness evaluation and mission readiness evaluation before proceeding on survey operations near Bathurst Island, Northern Territory.
“Today, is very much a history making day,” the Commander of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, told guests at a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction of the MH-60R (Seahawk Romeo) Helicopter Capability facilities at HMAS Albatross yesterday.
After almost five months away, HMAS Waller graciously berthed back at her home port of Fleet Base West last week. As she arrived alongside, she was welcomed by crew member’s families and members of the Submarine Force. Her return marked the end of a series of exercise engagements and port visits in Australia and Asia.
A focus on Force Protection by the Sea Training Unit – Submarines (STU-SM) this year not only improved this necessary competency across the Navy’s fleet of submarines, but also provided unique support to HMAS Sirius in October.
The crew of HMAS Success are hard at work conducting their Work-Up and Unit Readiness Evaluation in the East Australian Exercise Area after returning to sea late October following an extended refit.
Thirty-seven kilometres south of Hobart, the idyllic shores of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel were the scene of some rather unique Navy training activity.
On Sunday 20 October, 65 sea-ready members of the 49th New Entry Officer Course (NEOC), or NEOCs as they are affectionately known, embarked on their three-week Sea Training Deployment in HMAS Tobruk.
Hobart welcomed the first Collins Class submarine visit to the region for five years, with the arrival of HMAS Farncomb into port late last week.
Royal Australian Navy Minehunter Coastal (MHC), HMAS Gascoyne, has been hard at work conducting Route Survey of Darwin Harbour over the past few weeks.
On her way home from Operation LANDSCAPE, HMAS Choules stopped off in Townsville and used the newly commissioned Berth 10 to clear customs and quarantine.