Topic: Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS)

Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Mr Matt Collins (photographer)

LADS flight Dash 8 200 aircraft on the runway in Rabaul, New Guinea. In the background is the volcano which erupted in 1994, resulting in most of the habitants of Rabaul moving further around Rabaul Harbour to Kokopo. (photo: Mr Matt Collins)

LADS flight Dash 8 200 aircraft on the runway in Rabaul, New Guinea. In the background is the volcano which erupted in 1994, resulting in most of the habitants of Rabaul moving further around Rabaul Harbour to Kokopo.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Navy airborne survey for PNG

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Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (or LADS) Flight recently commenced a six week deployment to Papua New Guinea, with the Dash 8-200 aircraft operating from Port Moresby whilst deployed.

View from the top for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Teamwork essential for charting coastline

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Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland.

Being part of a highly-specialised team is one of the things Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson appreciates most about his role with the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight.

Mapping Australia from the sky

Published on by CPOB Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

For 25 years a Navy fixed-wing unit has been a quiet achiever contributing to the maintenance of nautical charts and safe navigation in Australian coastal and territorial waters.

Surveying the great south

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABHSO Peyton Carey (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight surveys the Gulf of St Vincent. (photo: ABHSO Peyton Carey)

The Royal Australian Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight surveys the Gulf of St Vincent.

The Royal Australian Navy has been engaging in a world first as part of a 10-week maritime survey mission in waters off South Australia.

Airborne survey of the Apple Isle

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Matt Collins (author)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight will deploy to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all civilian and military vessels. (photo: Mr Matt Collins)

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight will deploy to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all civilian and military vessels.

Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight has deployed to Tasmania to survey coastal waters from King Island to Launceston.

Depth sounder assistance to New Zealand

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Royal Australian Navy personnel from the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight meet New Zealand Defence Force counterparts on arrival at Christchurch, New Zealand to assist with post earthquake recovery support. (photo: LADS Phot)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) flight meet New Zealand Defence Force counterparts on arrival at Christchurch, New Zealand to assist with post earthquake recovery support.

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight has deployed to assist in disaster relief efforts off the South Island of New Zealand.

New depths and new colours

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author)

Since 1920 the RAN has been responsible for surveying and charting Australian waters, with the Australian Charting Area currently covering an area of approximately 1/8th of the Earth’s surface. (photo: Unknown)

Since 1920 the RAN has been responsible for surveying and charting Australian waters, with the Australian Charting Area currently covering an area of approximately 1/8th of the Earth’s surface.

Navy has some seriously high flying quiet achievers, especially the sailors and officers of the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight, based out of Cairns.