Topic: Exercise RIMPAC

Two’s company for LHDs

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

HMA Ships Adelaide (right) and Canberra depart Sydney Harbour, NSW (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

HMA Ships Adelaide (right) and Canberra depart Sydney Harbour, NSW

The Navy’s two largest ships have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney today bound for exercises off Australia’s east coast and northern waters.

 

South Pacific deployment beckons for HMAS Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), ABATV Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Adelaide is returned to her regular berth after a period of maintenance within Captain Cook Graving Dock, Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Adelaide is returned to her regular berth after a period of maintenance within Captain Cook Graving Dock, Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

HMAS Adelaide is preparing to embark on its longest deployment this year – a three month journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii and back called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). The deployment represents the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour activity in which Adelaide has been the flagship.

 

Policing the force in support of the mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The first Able Seaman Naval Police Coxswain (ABNPC) at HMAS Stirling, ABNPC Nichole Stephenson, uses a radar gun to check the speed of vehicles coming on to the base. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

The first Able Seaman Naval Police Coxswain (ABNPC) at HMAS Stirling, ABNPC Nichole Stephenson, uses a radar gun to check the speed of vehicles coming on to the base.

As part of a recruitment initiative to broaden the Naval Police workforce, Navy members will now be seeing Able Seamen on the beat.

Warramunga engages with regional neighbours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Fiona Eggins (author and photographer), CPOEW Martin Anderson (photographer)

HMAS Warramungs ship's company joining staff and children at the Village d'enfant de Sihanouk Ville, an orphange for young children, following a successful working bee. (photo: LCDR Fiona Eggans)

HMAS Warramungs ship's company joining staff and children at the Village d'enfant de Sihanouk Ville, an orphange for young children, following a successful working bee.

New friends and cultural experiences were highlights for the ship’s company of HMAS Warramunga when they visited Sihanoukville, Cambodia and Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam recently.

Ballarat returns after six months away

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Forecastle Party prepare to throw lines as HMAS Ballarat returns home to Fleet Base West, after a six month deployment. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Forecastle Party prepare to throw lines as HMAS Ballarat returns home to Fleet Base West, after a six month deployment.

Families, friends and well-wishers lined the wharf at Fleet Base West recently as HMAS Ballarat returned home from a six-month Pacific deployment.

Dive team development in San Diego

Published on by LEUT Glenn Blizzard (author)

Personnel from AUSCDT1 observe one of their team leaping from a US Navy MH53E Sea Dragon while conducting airborne mine disposal exercises. (photo: Unknown)

Personnel from AUSCDT1 observe one of their team leaping from a US Navy MH53E Sea Dragon while conducting airborne mine disposal exercises.

Australian Navy divers had a rare chance to work with dolphins during recent mine detection exercises, as a small contingent shared tactics, training and procedures with counterparts from other countries in San Diego during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC 16).

Warramunga’s Hawaiian change of command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Morgan Rush (author), CPO Andy Border (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga, Commander Andrew Wills, MVO, RAN, hands over command of the ship to Commander Dugald Clelland, RAN, during the ships visit to Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga, Commander Andrew Wills, MVO, RAN, hands over command of the ship to Commander Dugald Clelland, RAN, during the ships visit to Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

HMAS Warramunga has a new Commanding Officer, with Commander Dugald Clelland assuming the role from Commander Andrew Willis at a ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, this month.

Turning the tables on family service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle.

A wharfside welcome home turned back the clock for one father and daughter recently with HMAS Canberra's return to Sydney from RIMPAC 2016

What can they do? Take away my birthday?

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), Unknown (photographer)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently. (photo: Unknown)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently.

The ability to skip a birthday might be considered a dream for some, but for Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor it became a reality when he sailed over the International Date Line onboard HMAS Canberra on his way back to Australia from Hawaii.


Australian hospitality a highlight of RIMPAC

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

L-R Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge, USMC Sergeant Spenser Spuck, USMC Sergeant Mitchell Garino, and Able Seaman Musician Luke Stanley meet on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

L-R Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge, USMC Sergeant Spenser Spuck, USMC Sergeant Mitchell Garino, and Able Seaman Musician Luke Stanley meet on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

Beards and Vegemite were among the curiosities when more than 130 United States Marines embarked in HMAS Canberra for the sea phase of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.