Section: Fleet

Bang for buck

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Commander Glen Price, RAN, at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commander Glen Price, RAN, at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

Navy’s minehunter fleet were approaching the end of their planned service life but now have a Service Life Extension to 2035-38 and the challenge of working out the details to get there falls to Commander Glen Price, the man in charge of sustainment at the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Systems Program Office at HMAS Waterhen.

Repair reuse recycle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Leading Seaman Justin Faint working at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Waterhen.  (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

Leading Seaman Justin Faint working at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Waterhen.

A major initiative is underway at Fleet Support Unit at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney that has the potential to save millions of dollars a year for Navy and keep ships supplied with valuable equipment.

Third win for Rankin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), CPO Damien Pawlenko (photographer)

Group Photograph of the crew of HMAS Rankin with the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Lady Lynne Cosgrove, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, and holding the Gloucester Cup is Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Micheal Jacobson, CSM, RAN, in the Gymnasium at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Group Photograph of the crew of HMAS Rankin with the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Lady Lynne Cosgrove, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, and holding the Gloucester Cup is Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Micheal Jacobson, CSM, RAN, in the Gymnasium at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

The Collins class submarine HMAS Rankin has been awarded the Royal Australian Navy’s prestigious Gloucester Cup for the third time. 

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.

The power and the passion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.

It’s one of the oldest military bands in the country; they’ve performed to hundreds of thousands of people around the nation and throughout the world.  But who are the faces behind the melodies and what does it take to be a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band?

Minehunters life extends

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West. (photo: Department of Defence)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West.

The Australian Government has granted first pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon class minehunter coastal vessels.

Wollongong reaffirms friendships

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong.

For the first time, the crew of HMAS Wollongong have issued a challenge in their namesake city, to exercise the rights of Freedom of Entry.

Kia Ora Wellington

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author), ABML-P Matthew Kiss (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo. (photo: ABML-P Matthew Kiss)

Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo.

The ship’s company of HMAS Success took some time to enjoy a couple of days rest and recuperation in Wellington, New Zealand recently, reaffirming ties with their Kiwi friends.

Success flexes mariner skills

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author), ABCSO Belinda Porter (photographer), LSA Dean Kinna (photographer)

HMAS Success during a Consolidation Replenishment at Sea with HMNZS Endeavour. (photo: LSA Dean Kinna)

HMAS Success during a Consolidation Replenishment at Sea with HMNZS Endeavour.

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million litres of fuel.

Most proficient embarked flight takes trophy

Published on by POA Eamonn O'Brien (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle.

One of the Australian Navy’s newest aviation teams took out the honours for the coveted Collins Trophy recently with the 2016 ‘most proficient’ embarked helicopter flight going to some of those flying and maintaining the Seahawk Romeo.