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HMAS Creswell welcomes largest intake of new officers

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

The largest Royal Australian Navy intake of Junior Officers on their first day at HMAS Creswell. (photo: POIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

The largest Royal Australian Navy intake of Junior Officers on their first day at HMAS Creswell.

The largest Royal Australian Navy intake of Junior Officers commenced initial military training at the Royal Australian Naval College this week.

Chief of Navy spends a little time underneath the waves

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author and photographer)

Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Tony Fraser, AO, CSC (left); and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre); receive a tour of Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Scott Schluter. (photo: Andrew Bujdegan)

Deputy Secretary, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Tony Fraser, AO, CSC (left); and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre); receive a tour of Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Scott Schluter.

During his recent visit to Fleet Base West, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan took the opportunity to spend a few days on board the Royal Australian Navy Collins Class submarine, HMAS Dechaineux.

A flurry of activity sets the tone for a busy 2019

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Fleet units alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

Fleet units alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney.

There’s a flurry of activity at Garden Island in Sydney as Fleet Units and support organisations busily prepare for the year ahead.

STS Young Endeavour visited by past CO of sister ship

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander (right) poses for a photo with the Commanding Officer of Young Endeavour’s sister ship, KLD Tunas Samudera, Commander Saharudin Bongsu in front of STS Young Endeavour in Williamstown. (photo: Ms Natalie Staples)

Commanding Officer Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander (right) poses for a photo with the Commanding Officer of Young Endeavour’s sister ship, KLD Tunas Samudera, Commander Saharudin Bongsu in front of STS Young Endeavour in Williamstown.

When Commanding Officers of two sister ships come together, it’s common for them to share stories and compare their ships and the roles they perform.

A worthy voyage completed

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Family and friends wait patiently on the wharf at HMAS Waterhen for the return of HMAS Huon from more than four months away on a North East Asian Deployment. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

Family and friends wait patiently on the wharf at HMAS Waterhen for the return of HMAS Huon from more than four months away on a North East Asian Deployment.

HMAS Huon has returned home to Australia after more than four months deployed in North East Asian waters following the longest voyage undertaken by a Royal Australian Navy mine warfare vessel.

New shipyard tower to increase productivity

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

HMAS Arunta prior to returning to the water after significant upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (right) The recently opened support tower facility is shown adjacent to Arunta. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

HMAS Arunta prior to returning to the water after significant upgrades at Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (right) The recently opened support tower facility is shown adjacent to Arunta.

A new support tower facility recently opened at the Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia will enhance productivity and reduce costs for Navy ships undergoing maintenance and modifications.

No flag too elusive for cyber sleuths

Published on by SGT Mark Doran (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Members of the Fleet Cyber Group, from left, ABCIS Jarryd Dart, LSCIS Dharugeyan Murugavel, LEUT David Brook, LSCIS Morgan Fitzpatrick and ABCTS Nicholas Tangey. (photo: ABIS Kieran Dempsey)

Members of the Fleet Cyber Group, from left, ABCIS Jarryd Dart, LSCIS Dharugeyan Murugavel, LEUT David Brook, LSCIS Morgan Fitzpatrick and ABCTS Nicholas Tangey.

A far cry from the dark dungeons where hackers usually gather on TV and in movies, Toowoomba’s Highfields Cultural Centre was transformed into a base-of-operations for the Cyber Skills Challenge - Joint (CSC-J).

Flexibility is the key

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), LCDR Benjamin Churcher (photographer)

WO Phil Robertson guides a trainee during a fire damage control exercise. (photo: LCDR Benjamin Churcher)

WO Phil Robertson guides a trainee during a fire damage control exercise.

If you've had anything to do with Sea Training Group (STG) over the past few years, you might have noticed differences in the way they deliver Collective Training to Fleet Units.

Ballarat Boarding Officer confident of a successful deployment

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU.

Boardings at sea are key to Australian warships achieving counter-piracy, counter terrorism and counter-narcotics missions.

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.