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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. 

Warfare officers graduate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson.

It was a red-letter day at HMAS Watson on 2 May, with one half of the first married couple to graduate from the same Principal Warfare Officers Course also being awarded overall dux. 

Ships combine for Moreton anniversary

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

HMAS Darwin glides up the Brisbane River during a recent port visit. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Darwin glides up the Brisbane River during a recent port visit.

In the middle an intense training and systems check period, HMAS Darwin slipped into the Brisbane River and berthed across from Navy’s home in southern Queensland, HMAS Moreton.

Logistics support strengthened

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba sails through Sydney Harbour. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

HMAS Toowoomba sails through Sydney Harbour.

It takes an extraordinary logistical effort to fit out a long–range Anzac class frigate to ensure it has the highest level of materiel support capable of high-end warfighting.