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Leeuwin and Diamantina start Vampire hunt off Sri Lankan coast

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits across the Bay of Bengal on her way to Sri Lanka where she will search for the wreck of the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

HMAS Leeuwin transits across the Bay of Bengal on her way to Sri Lanka where she will search for the wreck of the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I).

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Diamantina are on the hunt for the lost destroyer HMAS Vampire (I), 77 years after the Australian warship was sunk in battle.

Training mission reinforces friendships and strategic commitment to Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Phillipa Hay, Commander Task Group 637, and Commander Scott Houlihan, Commanding Officer HMAS Choules with Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Recruits in Honiara, Solomon Islands. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Phillipa Hay, Commander Task Group 637, and Commander Scott Houlihan, Commanding Officer HMAS Choules with Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Recruits in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Australian Defence Force personnel assigned to Joint Task Group 637 have completed their visit to the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

The nurse practitioners will see you now

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Clinical Nursing Practitioners Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Patricia Kemp, LCDR Roneel Chandra and Lieutenant Lisa Bird conduct aeromedical casualty evacuation drills onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Clinical Nursing Practitioners Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Patricia Kemp, LCDR Roneel Chandra and Lieutenant Lisa Bird conduct aeromedical casualty evacuation drills onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019.

The Australia Defence Force’s only three nurse practitioners have all been embarked in HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, enhancing the Fleet’s medical capabilities and completing preparations for the maritime task group’s upcoming international deployment.

Indonesian officers experience life in Leeuwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Electronic Technician Liam Warren (centre left) explains how to use a thermal imaging camera to Lieutenant Commander Dady Suryanegara and Lieutenants Agus Purnawan and Danar Pratama of the Indonesian Navy aboard HMAS Leeuwin. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Electronic Technician Liam Warren (centre left) explains how to use a thermal imaging camera to Lieutenant Commander Dady Suryanegara and Lieutenants Agus Purnawan and Danar Pratama of the Indonesian Navy aboard HMAS Leeuwin.

Three Indonesian Navy officers have experienced life at sea in the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Survey ship HMAS Leeuwin.

Search for Vampire to begin off Sri Lanka

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HMAS Vampire (I) at sea. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Vampire (I) at sea. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

One of the remaining maritime mysteries of the Second World War may soon be solved, thanks to a joint operation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Sri Lankan Navy.

Pacific ties strengthened at sea and in the air

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element on the flight deck of HMAS Choules after being winched down to the deck from an MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopter during a deployment to the South West Pacific region.  (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element on the flight deck of HMAS Choules after being winched down to the deck from an MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopter during a deployment to the South West Pacific region.

HMAS Choules has hosted 18 members of the Maritime Element of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force for a short voyage from Port Moresby to the Lombrum Naval Base, HMPNGS Tarangau, in Manus Province.

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.