Section: Fleet

Weather balloons put through their paces

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Maritime Geospatial Officers Lieutenant Matthew Hawker and Lieutenant Alison Osborne prepare to launch a weather balloon from the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Maritime Geospatial Officers Lieutenant Matthew Hawker and Lieutenant Alison Osborne prepare to launch a weather balloon from the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

The Navy Meteorologists embarked in HMAS Canberra for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 are equipped with highly-sophisticated computer and satellite technology, but they still use the humble helium weather balloon to help create a real-time, local picture of battle space conditions.

OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 showcases Anti-Submarine Warfare capability

Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Canberra sails in company with HMA Ships Success and Newcastle along with three MH60-R Maritime Combat Helicopters, a MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter and a Royal Australian Air Force P8 Poseidon aircraft during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Canberra sails in company with HMA Ships Success and Newcastle along with three MH60-R Maritime Combat Helicopters, a MRH-90 Maritime Support Helicopter and a Royal Australian Air Force P8 Poseidon aircraft during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

Anti-submarine warfare capabilities have been showcased during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, which is underway in the West Australian Exercise Area.

Rare sight as five submarines exercise in WA waters

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Sarah West (author), Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

United States Navy Submarine, USS Santa Fe, joins Collins Class Submarines, HMA Ships Collins, Farncomb, Dechaineux and Sheean in formation while transiting through Cockburn Sound, Western Australia.  (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

United States Navy Submarine, USS Santa Fe, joins Collins Class Submarines, HMA Ships Collins, Farncomb, Dechaineux and Sheean in formation while transiting through Cockburn Sound, Western Australia.

Merchant mariners transiting in proximity to Western Australia’s coastline last week were treated to the rare sight of five submarines underway in formation on the surface of the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Brisbane successfully trials new and enhanced Mariner Skills Evaluation

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HMAS Brisbane conducts a light line transfer with HMAS Newcastle. (photo: )

HMAS Brisbane conducts a light line transfer with HMAS Newcastle.

While sailing under the Australian White Ensign for the first time, HMAS Brisbane became the first ship to trial an enhanced Mariner Skills Evaluation (MSE) in Sydney and off the coast of Jervis Bay.

HMAS Choules completes visit to PNG

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Australian Army LARC’s conduct amphibious operations transporting stores and equipment ashore from HMAS Choules to Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Australian Army LARC’s conduct amphibious operations transporting stores and equipment ashore from HMAS Choules to Tarangau Naval base, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

HMAS Choules has departed Papua New Guinea, having successfully completed a visit to Port Moresby and the Lombrum Naval Base, Her Majesty’s Papua New Guinea Ship Tarangau in Manus Province.

Newcastle patrols Bass Strait oil rigs

Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle patrols oil rigs in the Bass Strait during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Newcastle patrols oil rigs in the Bass Strait during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

While transiting to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle separated from the OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group to undertake patrols of key oil infrastructure in the Bass Strait as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment.

ANZAC spirit alive and well on OCEAN EXPLORER

Published on by LCDR Dallas Gray (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Officers and sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked in HMAS Success during the transit from Fleet Base East in Sydney to Fremantle, WA. (L-R) Ordinary Marine Technician Quinn Harris, Ordinary Marine Technician Kody Wilson, Midshipman Hamish Hahunga, Leading Hand Marine Technician Sam McGill, Sub Lieutenant Eddy Hall, Able Seaman Combat Specialist Joshua Halliwell, Sub Lieutenant Cameron Jamieson, and Ordinary Marine Technician Ofa Vala. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Officers and sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy embarked in HMAS Success during the transit from Fleet Base East in Sydney to Fremantle, WA. (L-R) Ordinary Marine Technician Quinn Harris, Ordinary Marine Technician Kody Wilson, Midshipman Hamish Hahunga, Leading Hand Marine Technician Sam McGill, Sub Lieutenant Eddy Hall, Able Seaman Combat Specialist Joshua Halliwell, Sub Lieutenant Cameron Jamieson, and Ordinary Marine Technician Ofa Vala.

The Ship’s Company of HMAS Success has welcomed eight members of the Royal New Zealand Navy on board for part of the ship’s final deployment before she’s decommissioned in June.

Navy air capability arrives at Avalon for 2019 Airshow

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL David Said (photographer)

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter lands at Avalon Airport in preparation for the Australian International Airshow 2019. (photo: CPL David Said)

A Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter lands at Avalon Airport in preparation for the Australian International Airshow 2019.

The Royal Australian Navy helicopters have arrived at Avalon, Victoria for the 2019 Australian International Airshow (AIA19).

Navy surveys the sub-Antarctic sea floor

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The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand. (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is currently deployed to Invercargill in New Zealand to undertake survey operations over Macquarie Island, a 34km long World Heritage listed island that lies approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica.

Stirling strengthens bonds with local police

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN, presents a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of HMAS Stirling to Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne and the Rockingham Police Force for their assistance and cooperation during combined base security training exercises. L-R: Warrant Officer Naval Police Coxswain Glen Wright; Police Sergeant Chris Campbell; Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, CMDR Larry Menon, RAN; OIC Rockingham Police Station, Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne; Police Sergeant Richard Wells; and Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Mark Williams.

The close relationship between HMAS Stirling and the local constabulary was formally recognised recently when Rockingham Police Command was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Stirling Executive Officer Commander Larry Menon.