The arrival of two AS350BA Squirrel helicopters of 723 Squadron on the flight deck of ESPS Cantabria signaled a significant moment in history for both the Armada and the Royal Australian Navy; the first occasion of a foreign helicopter Flight embarkation for both Navies.
A new medical simulation centre to benefit medical training for LHD conditions was recently opened at the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at HMAS Penguin by the Director General Health Capability and Director General Navy Health Service, Commodore Elizabeth Rushbrook.
NUSHIP Canberra's Command Team have had their first taste of raw LHD ship-handling, albeit at 1:20 scale.
Reinvigoration of collaborative at-sea training as part of Exercise ANZAC 2013 is underway with HMNZS Te Mana conducting a Unit Readiness Work Up with an integrated Australian and New Zealand assessment team.
Ships and sailors from the Indonesian Eastern Fleet and the Royal Australian Navy recently completed Exercise CASSOWARY 2013 in the Darwin area.
Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Warren King, formally accepted the delivery of the first of two MRH90 helicopter simulators at the Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland.
The Royal Australian Navy and the Defence Materiel Organisation have recently completed the final Operational Acceptance Trial for the Australian-designed Phased Array Radar and Combat Management System upgrades to the Anzac Class frigate Anti-Ship Missile Defence system.
The Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong has made a rendezvous with HMA Ships Sirius, Warramunga and Sydney in the Timor Sea to conduct mariner skills training.
HMA Ships Sydney, Warramunga and Sirius have concluded their participation in Exercise BLUE RAPTOR. The exercise was conducted in the North West Shelf area, in the vicinity of oil and gas installations.
NUSHIP Canberra’s Amphibious Department had the opportunity to tour USS Bonhomme Richard during her recent port visit to Sydney to learn more about what its like to coordinate large scale amphibious operations onboard a Landing Ship Helicopter Dock (LHD).