As HMAS Darwin berthed at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland recently, it was also a special reunion for two Kiwi brothers.
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Andrew Dingle is realising his career aspirations onboard HMAS Arunta as part of the Royal Australian Navy team sailing to the Middle East.
Leading Seaman Aircrewman Liam Carruthers is a sensor operator on Navy’s most modern and advanced helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk, recently deployed to the Middle East region with HMAS Perth.
As the warships from more than 15 navies far and wide descend on Auckland, the arrival of one will also represent a special and long awaited homecoming.
HMAS Perth’s Operations Officer, Principal Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Commander Oliver (Olly) Nokes has been commended by Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshall Tim Innes during the ship’s final hours alongside in Muscat, Oman.
Two foreign naval officers were welcomed aboard HMAS Leeuwin recently as the ship carried out hydrographic surveys off the northern coast of Western Australia.
Three gap year students embarked in Sydney-based minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne during a deployment to far North Queensland, were exposed to more than just routine seamanship whilst onboard.
Lieutenant Hannah Phelps joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer because she thought it would be an “exciting and rewarding career”.
Providing training in Iraq is a world away from detective work in Queensland, but that was part of Leading Seaman Joanne Detering’s job description after becoming the first Australian Defence Force Investigative Service member to enlist through Navy’s mid-career entry initiative.
It takes a whole Navy to train the senior service's future warship captains, with experiences ashore, and at sea, and classroom theory combining to prepare officers for the demanding role.