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A winner if you’re still grinning

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author), Tamara Jones (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Nigel Rowan, of the Australian Defence College in Canberra, participating in the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May. (photo: Tamara Jones)

Lieutenant Commander Nigel Rowan, of the Australian Defence College in Canberra, participating in the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May.

Navy members of the Australian Defence Force team set fast times during the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May.

Romeo support to Australian company

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R helicopter completes a live firing exercise with the mounted 12.7mm machine gun in the Western Australia Exercise Area during HMAS Perth's Mission Readiness Evaluation. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R helicopter completes a live firing exercise with the mounted 12.7mm machine gun in the Western Australia Exercise Area during HMAS Perth's Mission Readiness Evaluation.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne reinforced that an innovative Australian industry was a “core element of defence capability” at a forum at the Sunshine Coast on 17 May.

Queen B ‘service to love’

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Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough, 1971. (photo: )

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough, 1971.

Australian ships posted to the Far East Strategic Reserve in the early 1960s were involved in plenty of interesting action with fast anti-submarine frigate HMAS Queenborough or ‘Queen B’, as she was known to her ship’s company, no exception.

HMAS Wollongong finds safe place in Solomons

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Beau Foley (author), LSCIS Adelaide Lord (photographer), ABCIS Neil James (photographer)

The crew from HMAS Wollongong enjoy a local refreshment after a hard day helping out at Seif Ples, with Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Scott Wilson (back, far right) and Seif Ples founder Kim Abbey (far right). (photo: ABCIS NEIL JAMES)

The crew from HMAS Wollongong enjoy a local refreshment after a hard day helping out at Seif Ples, with Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Scott Wilson (back, far right) and Seif Ples founder Kim Abbey (far right).

HMAS Wollongong didn’t waste time getting involved with the local community when she came alongside in Honiara, Solomon Islands, recently.

Navy bids farewell to Cape Byron

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Both port and starboard Cape Class Patrol Boat Navy crews stand in a group photograph with Australian Border Force members on the forecastle of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Both port and starboard Cape Class Patrol Boat Navy crews stand in a group photograph with Australian Border Force members on the forecastle of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron at Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

The crew of Australian Defence Vessel Cape Byron gathered on the upper deck to farewell and hand-back the Cape class patrol boat as her duties for Navy completed.

Darwin waves the flag in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), Paul Redding (photographer)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart. (photo: Paul Redding)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart.

After farewelling Brisbane recently, HMAS Darwin headed to Hobart last month – her penultimate port of call on her final visit to all coastal capital cities.

Building Navy’s future

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Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne (centre right) at the announcement of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan in the presence of Acting CDF, VADM Ray Griggs (left), Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, and Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. (photo: CPL Colin Dadd)

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne (centre right) at the announcement of the Naval Shipbuilding Plan in the presence of Acting CDF, VADM Ray Griggs (left), Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, and Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

The Federal Government released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan recently in Adelaide outlining the nation’s largest ever program of naval shipbuilding and sustainment.

Navy safely responds to fire in HMAS Maryborough

Published on by Defence (author), ABPH Brad Darvill (photographer)

Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Maryborough (photo: ABPH Bradley Darvill)

Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Maryborough

Navy personnel have responded swiftly and without incident to a fire in a patrol boat.

Aussies take on the Armada

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Owen Snell (author)

Royal Australian Navy and Spanish Armada Special Sea Dutymen close up on the flight deck of ESPS Cristóbal Colón for entry into Sydney Harbour following exercises at sea. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy and Spanish Armada Special Sea Dutymen close up on the flight deck of ESPS Cristóbal Colón for entry into Sydney Harbour following exercises at sea.

Three months have passed since the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristóbal Colón sailed in to Australian waters and sailors from both navies have wasted no time in forming new friendships and maximising learning opportunities.

A time of reconnaissance and rescues

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author)

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough from HMAS Sydney. (photo: )

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough from HMAS Sydney.

Amateur naval historians might suggest the early 1960s, before the Borneo Confrontation and the Vietnam War, was a quiet time for Australia’s Navy, but crew members in the Q-class fast anti-submarine frigates would disagree.