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Larrakia departs Darwin for South East Asian deployment

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

Attack Four personnel currently embarked in HMAS Larrakia, (from front to rear of image) Able Seaman Electronic Technician James McFarlane, Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Tony Leslie, Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander David McPherson, Executive Officer Lieutenant (LEUT) Kerensa Benson, Navigator LEUT Kent McKeon and LEUT Rebecca Wheldrake, on the bridge of Larrakia during her departure from HMAS Coonawarra for a South East Asia Deployment and Exercise Lumbas 2014. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Attack Four personnel currently embarked in HMAS Larrakia, (from front to rear of image) Able Seaman Electronic Technician James McFarlane, Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Tony Leslie, Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander David McPherson, Executive Officer Lieutenant (LEUT) Kerensa Benson, Navigator LEUT Kent McKeon and LEUT Rebecca Wheldrake, on the bridge of Larrakia during her departure from HMAS Coonawarra for a South East Asia Deployment and Exercise Lumbas 2014.

After a hectic 24 hours storing and refuelling for the first leg of a six-week South East Asian deployment, HMAS Larrakia slipped out of Darwin Naval Base on September 16.

New Aviation Support sailors ready to soar

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Graduates of the Aviation Support (AVN) 01/14 Course in front of a Sea King helicopter at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

AVN sailors are specialists who will support the enhanced aviation capability of the two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships entering service with the RAN in 2014 and 2015. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Graduates of the Aviation Support (AVN) 01/14 Course in front of a Sea King helicopter at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. AVN sailors are specialists who will support the enhanced aviation capability of the two Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships entering service with the RAN in 2014 and 2015.

What does a group of people consisting of former Navy Chefs, Stewards, Marine Technicians and Boatswains, an ex-Army Dental Hygienist and an ex-Army Artillery soldier have in common? They all have an exciting future in aviation ahead of them. These twelve members of this group are the newest Training Authority - Aviation graduates in the Aviation Support Category.

Canberra heads from contractor sea trials towards commissioning

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image: The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra, passes through Sydney Heads for the first time. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

File image: The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Canberra, passes through Sydney Heads for the first time.

With final contractor sea trials now completed, plans are well underway for the majority of NUSHIP Canberra’s ship’s company to move down to the ship, which is currently berthed at Williamstown, Victoria.

Japanese Training Squadron visits Sydney

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Ships JS Kashima, JS Setoyuki and JS Asagiri alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Ships JS Kashima, JS Setoyuki and JS Asagiri alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Ships, JS Kashima, JS Setoyuki and JS Asagiri have arrived at Garden Island, Sydney, for a three-day port visit.

Darby family donates medical relics from Sydney-Emden battle

Published on by POIS Paul Berry (author and photographer)

Helen Hill (left) and Doctor Claire Darby (right) present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett with memorabilia from their great uncle, Surgeon Captain Leonard Darby, at Russell Offices in Canberra. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Helen Hill (left) and Doctor Claire Darby (right) present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett with memorabilia from their great uncle, Surgeon Captain Leonard Darby, at Russell Offices in Canberra.

Relics that once belonged to the late Royal Australian Navy pioneer Surgeon Leonard Darby were donated to the Navy Historical Collection last week.

AE1 search inconclusive

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Ryan McDonald (right) and Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Rodney Burnett guide the Mine Disposal Vehicle outboard from HMAS Yarra to investigate an underwater sonar contact in the waters of Papua New Guinea. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Ryan McDonald (right) and Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Rodney Burnett guide the Mine Disposal Vehicle outboard from HMAS Yarra to investigate an underwater sonar contact in the waters of Papua New Guinea.

HMAS Yarra has completed a mission to search for the Royal Australian Navy submarine, HMAS AE1, off the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea, which has resulted in the discovery of a number of contacts of interest.

Newcastle welcomes aboard Cairns Cadets

Published on by SBLT Daniel Lea (author), LEUT Alan Knights (photographer)

Cadets from Training Ship Endeavour onboard HMAS Newcastle during her port visit to Cairns.
(From left) Cadet Able Seaman Brendan Court, Cadet Able Seaman Jahmina Timu, Cadet Able Seaman Kelly Pollmer, Cadet Able Seaman Elizabeth Hussey and Cadet Leading Seaman Toyah Guardione. (photo: LEUT Alan Knights)

Cadets from Training Ship Endeavour onboard HMAS Newcastle during her port visit to Cairns. (From left) Cadet Able Seaman Brendan Court, Cadet Able Seaman Jahmina Timu, Cadet Able Seaman Kelly Pollmer, Cadet Able Seaman Elizabeth Hussey and Cadet Leading Seaman Toyah Guardione.

During a recent Port visit to Cairns, HMAS Newcastle gave 33 cadets from Cadet Training Ship Endeavour the opportunity to tour the Guided Missile Frigate.

Yarra continues the search for AE1

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The operations room in HMAS Yarra is closed up to commence a search for HMAS AE1 off East New Britain. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

The operations room in HMAS Yarra is closed up to commence a search for HMAS AE1 off East New Britain.

Royal Australian Navy Minehunter HMAS Yarra is conducting an underwater search off Papua New Guinea for HMAS AE1, the Navy’s first submarine. While in Rabaul, Yarra will also participate in events to commemorate 100 years since the First World War.

Exercise CROIX DU SUD concludes

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Cameron O’Brien and sailor Petty Officer Liam Heiser, from the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, survey a beach landing area in preparation for the arrival of various landing vessels during Exercise CROIX DU SUD 2014. HMAS Tarakan can be seen in the background. (photo: CPL Oliver Carter)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Cameron O’Brien and sailor Petty Officer Liam Heiser, from the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, survey a beach landing area in preparation for the arrival of various landing vessels during Exercise CROIX DU SUD 2014. HMAS Tarakan can be seen in the background.

Australian Defence Force members have demonstrated their commitment to supporting regional neighbours in need, as Exercise CROIX DU SUD in New Caledonia comes to an end.

Yarra explores the history of her newly awarded battle honour

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Yarra IV makes her way towards East New Britain in Papua New Guinea to commemorate a number of historically significant events that took place at the start of World War I.  (photo: )

HMAS Yarra IV makes her way towards East New Britain in Papua New Guinea to commemorate a number of historically significant events that took place at the start of World War I.

HMAS Yarra is on the way to East New Britain in Papua New Guinea to commemorate a number of historically significant events that took place during World War I. The voyage will take her to the site where HMAS Yarra I earned a Unit Citation for Gallantry, awarded earlier this year.