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Exercise DISTANT SHORES concludes

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operators (from right) Timothy Vowles, Kaine Caddy and Sean Leahy in HMAS Arunta's operations room during an exercise with Collins Class submarine, HMAS Rankin, off the coast of Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operators (from right) Timothy Vowles, Kaine Caddy and Sean Leahy in HMAS Arunta's operations room during an exercise with Collins Class submarine, HMAS Rankin, off the coast of Western Australia.

Four days of maritime activity off the Western Australian coast has concluded with the end of Exercise DISTANT SHORES. The anti-submarine exercise in the deep waters south of Albany involved Australian, New Zealand and Japanese surface and air units which attempted to locate, identify and isolate submarine HMAS Rankin during graduated warfare serials.

HMAS Anzac calls on Sirius to get topped up

Published on by LCDR Mark Fielder (author and photographer)

HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.  (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)

HMAS Anzac's replenishment at sea team stand clear as HMAS Sirius refuelling probe approaches the bell housing.

It was the 417th replenishment at sea (RAS) for HMAS Sirius but for the ship's company of HMAS Anzac, the successful refuelling while underway marked the first since Anzac's recent anti-ship missile defence upgrade.

Brunei's last mission

Published on by CMDR Geoff Fiedler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Brunei serves as the home base for the traditional land owners, archaeologists and crew during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Brunei serves as the home base for the traditional land owners, archaeologists and crew during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.

HMAS Brunei, has completed her last mission prior to decommissioning, finialising the last job for the landing craft in Royal Australian Navy service.

Huon recovers ghost net

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of HMAS Huon recover a 300kg abandoned fishing net near New Year Island, off the Northern Territory coast.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of HMAS Huon recover a 300kg abandoned fishing net near New Year Island, off the Northern Territory coast.

Navy's minehunters are designed to track sea mines and other underwater hazards but there is another man made threat that can be just as dangerous to marine life and shipping - ghost fishing nets.

HMAS Stuart contributes to 'Blue Force' success during Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 2014

Published on by LCDR Christopher McGregor (author), CPOB Ken Lawton (photographer), CPL Shannon McCarthy (photographer)

A starboard side profile view of HMAS STUART making way in a clear South China Sea during Exercise Bersama Lima 2014   (photo: CPOB Ken Lawton)

A starboard side profile view of HMAS STUART making way in a clear South China Sea during Exercise Bersama Lima 2014

It was war in the South China Sea between Australia, Singapore and Malaysia last month - but only for Exercise.

HMAS Anzac sails with a big splash

Published on by SBLT Nicholas Adriaanse (author), LCDR Mark Fielder (photographer)

HMAS Anzac fires a Practice Delivery Torpedo from the starboard launcher while underway, in preparation for Sea Qualifications Trials. (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)

HMAS Anzac fires a Practice Delivery Torpedo from the starboard launcher while underway, in preparation for Sea Qualifications Trials.

After a long period out of the water and alongside conducting her Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade, HMAS Anzac has sailed from Fleet Base West and made a big splash, firing two MU90 Practice Delivery Torpedos in pursuit of her Sea Qualifications Trials.

Communication is key for Navy’s newest and largest warship

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Libby Pearce in the Main Planning Room onboard NUSHIP Canberra. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Libby Pearce in the Main Planning Room onboard NUSHIP Canberra.

With the biggest ship in the fleet comes the largest computer network and communications suite onboard a Royal Australian Navy vessel.

HMAS Tobruk’s Singapore connection

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Darren Watkins (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of the Australian Girls Choir line the gangway of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: Unknown)

Members of the Australian Girls Choir line the gangway of HMAS Tobruk.

HMAS ­Tobruk played host to the Australian Girls Choir while in Singapore recently to help celebrate the choir’s 30th Anniversary World Tour.

Sheean's many achievements

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN (right), and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood, RAN (left), stand with three crew members who were awarded their dolphins by Vice Admiral Barrett upon Sheean's arrival back at Fleet Base West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN (right), and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Sheean, Commander Richard Smallwood, RAN (left), stand with three crew members who were awarded their dolphins by Vice Admiral Barrett upon Sheean's arrival back at Fleet Base West.

As she arrived back home at Fleet Base West it had been a long time at sea for the crew of HMAS Sheean. The boat was meet by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett as well as Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley, families of the crew and members of the submarine community.

Exercise DISTANT SHORES

Published on by LEUT Michael Wheeler (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

HMA Ships Anzac (left) and Arunta set sail from Albany, Western Australia, to begin anti-submarine warfare serials after taking part in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

HMA Ships Anzac (left) and Arunta set sail from Albany, Western Australia, to begin anti-submarine warfare serials after taking part in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event.

Like an intricate game of chess, Exercise DISTANT SHORES continues off the south western coast of Western Australia, involving a series of anti-submarine warfare exercises by a force of Australian, New Zealand and Japanese ships against submarine, HMAS Rankin.