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The future of Navy maritime tactical unmanned air systems

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

The Schiebel Camcopter S100 Unmanned air System on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

Images of remotely piloted aircraft soaring over a naval fleet might seem like an ultramodern picture. But unmanned aircraft are nothing new to the Fleet Air Arm, which has provided remotely piloted targets for gunnery practice since 1953.

HMAS Warramunga Turns Sweet 16

This article has photo gallery Published on by Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Kevin Brouwer (author)

HMAS Warramunga’s sweet 16 birthday cake. (photo: POEW Andrew Harding)

HMAS Warramunga’s sweet 16 birthday cake.

The ship's company of HMAS Warramunga had reason to celebrate on 31 March, marking the 16th anniversary since the warship commissioned.

Busy Ballarat sails for Asia

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

HMAS Ballarat slowly pulls away from the wharf at Fleet Base West before setting sail on their South East Asian deployment. (photo: LSML-CSM Ronnie Baltoft)

HMAS Ballarat slowly pulls away from the wharf at Fleet Base West before setting sail on their South East Asian deployment.

The crew of HMAS Ballarat formed up port-side and bid farewell to families, friends and well-wishers recently at Fleet Base West, south of Perth, before sailing through Careening Bay for a deployment throughout South East Asia.

No average classroom for marine technicians

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jason Jordan (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

ABMT Dylan Riebe (standing) advises SMNMT Matthew Bakker as he takes action to rectify a simulated ship system fault, during Engineering Casualty Control Drills conducted in the secondary control room of HMAS Adelaide, while underway at sea. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

ABMT Dylan Riebe (standing) advises SMNMT Matthew Bakker as he takes action to rectify a simulated ship system fault, during Engineering Casualty Control Drills conducted in the secondary control room of HMAS Adelaide, while underway at sea.

Marine technicians onboard amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide are trading the classroom for a more hands-on training system, giving them a more realistic experience of the ship’s working environment.

HMAS Darwin farewells the west

Published on by LCDR Jason Gorman (author)

HMAS Darwin at Fleet Base West for the last time. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Darwin at Fleet Base West for the last time.

The call of 'last line!' meant a little more than normal as HMAS Darwin slipped from the wharf at Fleet Base West and set sail for Sydney recently.

Deployed maintenance for more time on task

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region.

Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East.

AK-47s seized by HMAS Darwin presented to Memorial

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial. (photo: Fiona Silsby)

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial.

Two AK-47s seized by the Royal Australian Navy during Operation MANITOU were presented to the Australian War Memorial to maintain the historic record of Defence’s contributions in the Middle East.

HMAS Arunta small weapons go technical

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta.

Navy’s deployed ship in the Middle East, HMAS Arunta, has had its small arms weapons inspected, serviced and certified during a recent port visit.

Developing greater leaders on deployment

Published on by CPOCIS Lennie Marshall (author), MC2 Kevin Steinberg (photographer)

(Front row from left) Able Seaman Marine Technician Raymond Pezzutti, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare David Newton, Able Seaman Renee Kennedy, Maritime Operational Support Group, Bahrain, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr. (photo: MC2 Kevin Steinberg)

(Front row from left) Able Seaman Marine Technician Raymond Pezzutti, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare David Newton, Able Seaman Renee Kennedy, Maritime Operational Support Group, Bahrain, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr.

Four HMAS Arunta sailors deployed as part of Operation MANITOU have represented Australia at the second Enlisted Leadership Development Program at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Heavy lift for HMAS Choules

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

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland.

The Australian Defence Force's amphibious capability was on point in the recent response to Cyclone Debbie, with HMAS Choules delivering one of her largest loads of supplies to affected communities last week.