Section: Fleet

Choules’ galley crew up to the task

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Ship's Company and embarked forces enjoy morning tea onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Ship's Company and embarked forces enjoy morning tea onboard HMAS Choules.

The chefs onboard HMAS Choules have been busier than usual lately as the ship’s company and embarked forces are put through their paces in a major amphibious exercise off the coast of far north Queensland.

Australian warship to take part in Exercise Pacific Bond 2013

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author), Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly (photographer)

guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) passes alongside the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) following a maneuvering exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released) (photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) passes alongside the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) following a maneuvering exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

Naval personnel and units from Australia, Japan and the United States are enroute to participate in a tri-lateral maritime exercise, Pacific Bond 2013, that is due to take place from 22nd to 26th June, 2013.

Amphibious Task Force to rehearse evacuation

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Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Tarakan comes alongside HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi  )

Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Tarakan comes alongside HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013.

Exercise Sea Lion 2013 has entered a critical phase with the go ahead being given for the Amphibious Task Force to rehearse evacuation of Australian citizens and foreign nationals from the troubled Tropicana Enclave.

Getting 'Romeo Ready': RAN aircrew achieve MH60-R training milestone

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NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, Front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew. (photo: Unknown)

NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, Front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew.

The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo ready’ after NUSQN725 aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.

Tobruk sailing with new CO

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield.

Commander Leif Maxfield has assumed command of HMAS Tobruk, relieving Commander Tim Watson while the ship stopped over in Townsville on 7 June 2013.

SEA LION roars in far north Queensland

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Troops from 2RAR onboard LCM8 return to HMAS Choules after conducting training exercises as part of Exercise Sea Lion. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi )

Troops from 2RAR onboard LCM8 return to HMAS Choules after conducting training exercises as part of Exercise Sea Lion.

Exercise SEA LION 2013 got underway on June 10 as HMAS Choules slipped out to sea with a complement of more than 400 Army and Navy personnel onboard, and various pieces of equipment firmly secured on the vehicle deck.

Ardent Three find their wings

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

An 816 Squadron Seahawk helicopter hovers over the boat deck of HMAS Launceston. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)

An 816 Squadron Seahawk helicopter hovers over the boat deck of HMAS Launceston.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Ardent Three seized upon a rare opportunity this week to qualify for aviation operations.

Tobruk loads up and sets sail

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for Pacific Partnership 2013. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for Pacific Partnership 2013.

HMAS Tobruk has set sail for a seven week deployment to Papua New Guinea.