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New Commanding Officer takes the helm at Coonawarra

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Darryl Johnston (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Outgoing HMAS Coonawarra Commanding Officer, Commander Ben Favelle hands over the weight to Commander John Navin during the handover of command ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Outgoing HMAS Coonawarra Commanding Officer, Commander Ben Favelle hands over the weight to Commander John Navin during the handover of command ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.

HMAS Coonawarra welcomed a new Commanding Officer during a formal handover-takeover ceremony in Darwin in December.

Resurgent in Mission Readiness

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Boarding party members of HMAS Darwin await instructions to disembark personnel during a boarding exercise as part of Darwin's Mission Readiness Evaluation. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Boarding party members of HMAS Darwin await instructions to disembark personnel during a boarding exercise as part of Darwin's Mission Readiness Evaluation.

HMAS Darwin successfully achieved Mission Readiness following a recent evaluation ahead of the scheduled deployment for Operation SLIPPER.

Chief of Navy corrects media reporting on Armidale Class Patrol Boat maintenance

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

File image: The Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Broome at sea in 2013.  (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

File image: The Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Broome at sea in 2013.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has gone on the record to correct media reporting in News Corp newspapers on Tuesday, 31 December 2013, in the article ‘Asylum seeker missions wearing down Navy’s fleet’.

Canberra’s Typhoons ready to fire

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), ABIS James Whittle (photographer), Image courtesy of BAE Systems (photographer)

File Image: HMAS Glenelg conducts a Typhoon 25mm anti-aircraft firing serial right astern of HMAS Bundaberg in 2010. (photo: ABIS James Whittle)

File Image: HMAS Glenelg conducts a Typhoon 25mm anti-aircraft firing serial right astern of HMAS Bundaberg in 2010.

Another exciting project milestone for NUSHIP Canberra has been achieved with the installation of four Typhoon stabilised weapons systems onboard.

Navy’s ‘seagoing servo’ changes hands

Published on by LEUT Christopher Harvey (author), CPO Shane Jones (photographer)

Commander Darren Grogan presents Captain Brian Delamont with a petrol nozzle, symbolising his achievements as Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius. Captain Delamont was handing over command of the Royal Australian Navy Replenishment Oiler to Commander Grogan.  (photo: CPO Shane Jones)

Commander Darren Grogan presents Captain Brian Delamont with a petrol nozzle, symbolising his achievements as Commanding Officer of HMAS Sirius. Captain Delamont was handing over command of the Royal Australian Navy Replenishment Oiler to Commander Grogan.

HMAS Sirius is ‘under new management’ after a formal command handover from Captain Brian Delamont to Commander Darren Grogan.

Optimistic outlook: Commander CTF 150 concludes maritime security tour of East Africa

Published on by Combined Maritime Forces (author)

L-R:  Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union, COL James Davey; Chief of Medical Services, MAJGEN (Dr) Adam Simon Mwabulanga (representing Chief of Staff to Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force); Commander Combined Task Force 150, CDRE Daryl Bates, RAN; Regional Plans and Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 150, CMDR Michael Turner, RAN; Acting Director Defence Intelligence, Colonel Kapesa; and Military Assistant to Chief of Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Colonel Remigius Castory Ngumbi.
 (photo: Combined Maritime Forces)

L-R: Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union, COL James Davey; Chief of Medical Services, MAJGEN (Dr) Adam Simon Mwabulanga (representing Chief of Staff to Chief of the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force); Commander Combined Task Force 150, CDRE Daryl Bates, RAN; Regional Plans and Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 150, CMDR Michael Turner, RAN; Acting Director Defence Intelligence, Colonel Kapesa; and Military Assistant to Chief of Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Force, Colonel Remigius Castory Ngumbi.

The Australian Commander of the multi-national Combined Task Force 150 has concluded a productive series of maritime security meetings with a visit to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

On the record: Reporting of conduct of Royal Australian Navy members on Border Protection operations

Published on by Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.  (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.

It is important that I place on the record my deep concern regarding the reporting over the last few weeks in both new and old media that discredits the conduct of members of the Royal Australian Navy in Border Protection operations.

Darwin sails for SLIPPER

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

After months of intensive preparation, HMAS Darwin departed her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney for a seven-month deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

After months of intensive preparation, HMAS Darwin departed her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney for a seven-month deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER.

The Australian Warship HMAS Darwin departed Sydney today, bound for the Middle East Area of Operations where she will take over Operation SLIPPER duties from HMAS Melbourne

CMF Task Forces discuss regional security in Djibouti

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Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN; Chief of the Djibouti Navy, Colonel Abdourahman Aden Cher; and Regional Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 151, Lieutenant Commander Maria Vang Knudsen, Royal Danish Navy meet in Djibouti. (photo: Combined Maritime Forces)

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, RAN; Chief of the Djibouti Navy, Colonel Abdourahman Aden Cher; and Regional Engagement Officer Combined Task Force 151, Lieutenant Commander Maria Vang Knudsen, Royal Danish Navy meet in Djibouti.

A Combined Task Force 150 and CTF 151 delegation, led by Commodore Daryl Bates of the Royal Australian Navy, recently met with senior maritime leaders in Djibouti.

Australian CTF 150 Commander meets Mozambique Navy leader in first for CMF

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Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy and Commander of the Navy of Mozambique, Rear Admiral Lazaro Henrique Lopes Menete exchange gifts in Maputo, Mozambique. (photo: CMF)

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, Royal Australian Navy and Commander of the Navy of Mozambique, Rear Admiral Lazaro Henrique Lopes Menete exchange gifts in Maputo, Mozambique.

Royal Australian Navy Commodore Daryl Bates recently became the first Commander of Combined Task Force 150 to meet with the Commander of the Mozambique Navy.