Section: Fleet

Darwin still sailing strong

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Her Majesty's Australian Ship Darwin, prepares to come alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin in 2016.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Her Majesty's Australian Ship Darwin, prepares to come alongside Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin in 2016.

Guided missile frigate, HMAS Darwin had a jam-packed 2016 with the frigate deployed on two operations and working with a number of foreign navies across the globe - proof that the old girl still has the goods, going into her 33rd year of service.

Commander no slouch in Anzac

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samual Pang (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East.

Commander Belinda Wood formally handed over command of HMAS Anzac to Commander Michael Devine on 9 December in a ceremony onboard the ship as she was alongside in Sydney.

Coonawarra change of command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra.

Command of Darwin Navy base, HMAS Coonawarra, has been passed from Commander John Navin to Commander Viktor Pilicic.

Sustainable environmental vision

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), LSIS Bill Louys (photographer)

Sunset over Jervis Bay. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Bill Louys)

Sunset over Jervis Bay.

The recently issued 2016 Defence Environmental Policy and 2016-2036 Defence Environment Strategy said it all in the vision statement: Defence will be a leader in sustainable environmental management to support the capability to defend Australia and its national interests.

A Force to be reckoned with

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Captain Michael Harris at HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Captain Michael Harris at HMAS Coonawarra.

Navy’s Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Boat Force has had a busy year consolidating key changes while continuing to meet operational requirements.

A final return for Dechaineux Commander

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, stands on the casing.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, stands on the casing.

Smiling, familiar faces greeted the crew of HMAS Dechaineux upon her return to Fleet Base West after a two month deployment to Tasmania and New Zealand. Arriving a week ahead of Christmas the submarine crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force.

United for the common good

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Emily Hull (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Maritime Warfare Officers (L) Lieutenant (LEUT) Matthew Smith, RAN and (R) LEUT Melanie Kristensen, RAN, with 808 Squadron Pilot, LEUT Tammie-Lee Hunter and Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod, RAN, in the Flying Control Office, HMAS Adelaide. *** Local Caption *** HMAS Adelaide is one of two Canberra class amphibious ships in the Royal Australian Navy fleet. The ships provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world as the vessels can embark, transport and deploy military forces along with their equ (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

Maritime Warfare Officers (L) Lieutenant (LEUT) Matthew Smith, RAN and (R) LEUT Melanie Kristensen, RAN, with 808 Squadron Pilot, LEUT Tammie-Lee Hunter and Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod, RAN, in the Flying Control Office, HMAS Adelaide. *** Local Caption *** HMAS Adelaide is one of two Canberra class amphibious ships in the Royal Australian Navy fleet. The ships provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world as the vessels can embark, transport and deploy military forces along with their equ

The Royal Australian Navy’s largest vessels, HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide, have presented opportunities to break down stereotypes within the Navy and between services as the platforms reflect true combined capability.

Destroyer Brisbane launched

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

Mrs Robyn Shackleton, wife of former Chief of Navy and Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane II, Vice Admiral David Shackleton (retired), was guest of honour and launching lady, sending the destroyer on her way with the traditional toast and smash of a bottle. (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Robyn Shackleton, wife of former Chief of Navy and Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane II, Vice Admiral David Shackleton (retired), was guest of honour and launching lady, sending the destroyer on her way with the traditional toast and smash of a bottle.

The second Hobart class destroyer marked a major milestone in its construction when she was officially named Brisbane and launched in Adelaide on 15 December.

Amphibious capability enhanced

Published on by LEUT Matthew Cramp (author), Unknown (photographer)

Soldier of Merit Able Seaman Clearance Diver Burch during the recent basic reconnaissance run by 2RAR (photo: Unknown)

Soldier of Merit Able Seaman Clearance Diver Burch during the recent basic reconnaissance run by 2RAR

Five Navy Clearance Divers have returned to their Sydney home of HMAS Waterhen, armed with new skills and the ability to better integrate into the joint amphibious environment after some training with their Army colleagues.

Chief of the Defence Force Christmas Message

Published on by ACM Mark Binskin (author)

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, during Operation FIJI ASSIST 2016. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, during Operation FIJI ASSIST 2016.

Chief of Defence Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin gives his best wishes for the season.