Topic: HMAS Coonawarra

Navy expands its role in the north

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Deputy Commander Northern Command Captain Bryan Parker, RAN (centre), hands over the weight of Senior Australian Defence Force Officer responsibilities for Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and Defence Establishment Berrimah to CO HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic, RAN. (L-R) Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Boat Force, CAPT Warren Bairstow, CSC, RAN; Commander Navy Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, RAN; Commander of the Australian Fleet, RADM Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN; and Commander Patrol Boat Group Headquarters, CAPT Jason Hunter, RAN. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Deputy Commander Northern Command Captain Bryan Parker, RAN (centre), hands over the weight of Senior Australian Defence Force Officer responsibilities for Larrakeyah Defence Precinct and Defence Establishment Berrimah to CO HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic, RAN. (L-R) Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Boat Force, CAPT Warren Bairstow, CSC, RAN; Commander Navy Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, RAN; Commander of the Australian Fleet, RADM Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN; and Commander Patrol Boat Group Headquarters, CAPT Jason Hunter, RAN.

The Royal Australian Navy continues to strengthen its presence in Darwin with the Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra appointed as Senior Australian Defence Force Officer (SADFO) of two Top End Defence bases recently.

Darwin commemorates the ‘battle that saved Australia’

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Australian Defence Force personnel in Darwin, together with the United States Marines, commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. (photo: Gunner Joel Mortlock)

Australian Defence Force personnel in Darwin, together with the United States Marines, commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

HMAS Coonawarra has joined with the Darwin community, members of the United States Marines and other Australian Defence Force personnel to commemorate the 76th anniversary of ‘the battle that saved Australia’.

 

Coonawarra commemorates Anzac Day in NT remote communities

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Members of HMAS Coonawarra joined with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Army for an Anzac Day service in the remote community of Tomato Island in the Northern Territory. (photo: Unknown)

Members of HMAS Coonawarra joined with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Army for an Anzac Day service in the remote community of Tomato Island in the Northern Territory.

HMAS Coonawarra personnel joined with residents of remote communities in the Top End on Anzac Day to honour the sacrifices made by all servicemen and women past and present.

 

Coonawarra withstands Cyclone Marcus

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Members of Fleet Support Unit remove fallen trees and branches from roads around HMAS Coonawarra after Tropical Cyclone Marcus. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Members of Fleet Support Unit remove fallen trees and branches from roads around HMAS Coonawarra after Tropical Cyclone Marcus.

HMAS Coonawarra's support to Australia's border integrity operations has continued despite the worst cyclone to hit Darwin in 30 years.

 

Coonawarra Chaplain helps evacuees during Top End floods

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Chaplain Barry Porter, RANR, at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Chaplain Barry Porter, RANR, at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin.

A Navy Chaplain was quick to offer help when flood waters forced the evacuation of almost 350 people from remote communities in the Northern Territory recently.

Navy joins ADF and Darwin community for Cyclone Marcus clean-up

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Navy personnel assist Darwin locals with the clean-up following Cyclone Marcus. (photo: Cpl Andrew Piehler, USMC)

Navy personnel assist Darwin locals with the clean-up following Cyclone Marcus.

Officers and sailors from HMAS Coonawarra have joined forces with other Australian Defence Force personnel and the local community for the massive clean-up operation following Cyclone Marcus, which struck Darwin on 17th March.

New Executive Officer for the Top End

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Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall ‘takes the weight’ as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra from Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall ‘takes the weight’ as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra from Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay.

Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall has taken over as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra in uniquely Darwin style, ‘taking the weight’ in the form of a baby crocodile from her predecessor Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay.

Navy commemorates 76th anniversary of Bombing of Darwin

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), SGT Andrew Eddie (photographer)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. (photo: SGT Andrew Eddie)

(L-R) United States Marine Corps Major George Forbes III, Commanding Officer RAAF Darwin Wing Commander Stephen Parsons, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra Commander Viktor Pilicic, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Pickering of Headquarters Northern Command and Commander 1 Brigade Brigadier Matthew Pearse at the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Navy personnel and a patrol boat from HMAS Coonawarra have taken part in commemorations to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

 

Coonawarra to take on greater leadership role in the north

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Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, and the Coonawarra command team in front of the new HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, and the Coonawarra command team in front of the new HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters.

The Royal Australian Navy has taken front stage at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin with the relocation of HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters to the entrance of the joint Defence base.

Coonawarra prepares for cyclone season

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Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day.

The Royal Australian Navy in Darwin knows too well the devastation of a cyclone. In the early hours of Christmas Day in 1974, Cyclone Tracy ripped HMAS Arrow from her mooring in Darwin Harbour and dashed the patrol boat against Stokes Hill Wharf. Two sailors were killed.