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 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.
Command of Darwin Navy base, HMAS Coonawarra, has been passed from Commander John Navin to Commander Viktor Pilicic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Defence Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin gives his best wishes for the season.