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OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group forms up in Geographe Bay

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

HMA Ships Canberra (top) and Stuart sit at anchor in Geographe Bay, Western Australia during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMA Ships Canberra (top) and Stuart sit at anchor in Geographe Bay, Western Australia during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

Residents of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay were greeted with an impressive sight as a task group of five ships taking part in Navy’s Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019 formed up in the bay to conduct briefings and preparations for the next phase of the exercise.

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

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Luke Olson (author)

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

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

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.

More illegal drugs seized by HMAS Ballarat

Published on by By Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized two tonnes of hashish worth approximately $100 million in street value during a boarding operation in the Middle East Region.


Underwater Medicine specialists adapt for desert role

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (right) and Leading Seaman Peter Gough conduct training at the Role 2 Enhanced NATO Medical Treatment Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (right) and Leading Seaman Peter Gough conduct training at the Role 2 Enhanced NATO Medical Treatment Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of the ADF’s ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan, RAN underwater medicine clinicians and doctors are deployed to this arid and rugged landscape, far away from the oceans where they usually ply their trade.

At sea onboard all six FFGs

Published on by LCDR Amy Blacker (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD.

HMAS Melbourne has completed her final Intermediate Maintenance Availability as a commissioned warship and is readying for a deployment through the East Asian and South Pacific regions.

Sea-change leads to Navy life

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin. (photo: )

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin.

While most people join the Navy directly from high school, university or as their first full-time job, two new officers in HMAS Leeuwin have come with many years of experience in the civilian workforce.