Section: Fleet

FLSE Subs Stands Up

Published on by CMDR Andy Nelson (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Captain Mark Potter, RAN, CSC, Commander Submarine Force, welcomes sailors from Joint Logistics Unit - West to the Submarine Force during a small hand over ceremony. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Captain Mark Potter, RAN, CSC, Commander Submarine Force, welcomes sailors from Joint Logistics Unit - West to the Submarine Force during a small hand over ceremony.

During a noteworthy ceremony at HMAS Stirling on 1 July, formal command of the Fleet Logistic Support Element – Fleet Base West (FLSE – FBW) passed from Joint Logistics Unit – West (JLU-W) to Commander, Australian Submarine Forces.

Forget Vegemite diplomacy - it's all about the Tim Tam

Published on by Ms Gemma Haines (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Mid Shipman Lara Carr and Able Seaman Josh Smart treat the United States sailors onboard USS Blue Ridge to lamingtons and tim tams whilst alongside Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Mid Shipman Lara Carr and Able Seaman Josh Smart treat the United States sailors onboard USS Blue Ridge to lamingtons and tim tams whilst alongside Darwin.

Royal Australian Navy members from HMAS Coonawarra paid a visit to their US counterparts aboard the USS Blue Ridge on Wednesday, 3 July, armed with some of Australia’s finest delicacies.

Tobruk in Vanimo during Pacific Partnership 2013

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A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital.

A number of local residents recently received medical and dental care from Australian Defence Force personnel at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital during Pacific Partnership 2013.

Navigation Act 2012 comes into effect

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Staff of the Australian Hydrographic Service, Wollongong. (photo: )

Staff of the Australian Hydrographic Service, Wollongong.

It's the beginning of a new era, with the new Navigation Act 2012, coming into effect yesterday.  The Act replaces the the century old Navigation Act 1912 with a contemporary legislative framework for maritime regulation.

The Act reflects changes in the maritime sector and is the primary legislative means for the Australian Government to regulate international ship and seafarer safety, shipping aspects of protecting the marine environment and the actions of seafarers in Australian waters. It also gives effect to the relevant international conventions to which Australia is a signatory.
 

Navy History Flows Through the Ranks in Patrol Boat Crew Attack Six

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Members of Patrol Boat Crew Attack Six are preparing to peg off the peg board and embark on an historic Navy tour of the Solomon Islands. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo )

Members of Patrol Boat Crew Attack Six are preparing to peg off the peg board and embark on an historic Navy tour of the Solomon Islands.

Patrol Boat crew from HMAS Bathurst's Attack Six will embark on a historic Naval tour of Guadalcanal, exploring the Solomon Islands during the their off watch rotation next month.
 
Five officers and two sailors will fly to Honiara to take part in an organised tour of key battlefield sites from World War II and pay their respects with a wreath laying ceremony at the HMAS Canberra memorial.

Consolidation of final keel block for first Air Warfare Destroyer

Published on by Minister for Defence Materiel the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP (author), Defence Materiel Organisation (photographer)

Consolidation of final keel block for first Air Warfare Destroyer. (photo: Defence Materiel Organisation)

Consolidation of final keel block for first Air Warfare Destroyer.

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the final keel block for the future destroyer, Hobart, has been successfully lifted into place by the AWD Alliance in Adelaide.

Romeo’s first flight

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Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft, complete with RAN kangaroo roundel aircraft markings, conducts its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA. (photo: Stuart Walls)

Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft, complete with RAN kangaroo roundel aircraft markings, conducts its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA.

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the first of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters has successfully completed its first test flight.

Aussie ship commands Surface Action Group in Exercise Pacific Bond

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Japanese Maritime Defence Force Murasame Class destroyer JMSDF Murasame (left) and US Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney as the three warships participate in officer of the watch manoeuvres in the Pacific Ocean  (photo: Leading Seaman Peter Thompson )

Japanese Maritime Defence Force Murasame Class destroyer JMSDF Murasame (left) and US Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney as the three warships participate in officer of the watch manoeuvres in the Pacific Ocean

The Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney took command of a Surface Action Group during tri-lateral naval exercises in the Western Pacific Ocean off the Marianas Island chain on June 24, 2013.
 
According to HMAS Sydney’s Commanding Officer, Commander Karl Brinckmann, this phase of Exercise Pacific Bond saw two Surface Action Groups, each comprising two major warships and their embarked helicopters, pitted against each other.

ESPS Cantabria returns to sea

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Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting Royal Australian Navy capability (photo: Lt. (ESPN) Indalecio Núñez)

Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting Royal Australian Navy capability

After an intense period of training and programmed maintenance alongside Garden Island, Sydney, the Spanish Combat Supply Ship ESPS Cantabria has returned to sea to carry out individual and collective training in the East Australian Exercise Area.

DMO and ASC executives overnight on HMAS Sheean

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Defence Material Organisation General Manager - Submarines, Mr David Gould (left) and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum (right) in the control room of HMAS Sheean with Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lindsay Gordon, RAN.

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Defence Material Organisation General Manager - Submarines, Mr David Gould (left) and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum (right) in the control room of HMAS Sheean with Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lindsay Gordon, RAN. The

Defence Material Organisation General Manager—Submarines, Mr David Gould and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum participated in an overnight sea ride on HMAS Sheean over the 24/25 June 2013. The purpose of the sea ride was to familiarise themselves with life onboard the Collins Class Submarine through an 'at sea' experience.