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International engagement commences

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

A United States Navy Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard conduct landings on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, with HMAS Darwin in the background during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

A United States Navy Seahawk helicopter and a United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from USS Bonhomme Richard conduct landings on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, with HMAS Darwin in the background during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

The Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017, has completed the first international engagement activity of the deployment.

Navy medical emergencies in safe hands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Rob Turner administers an injection of ketamine to a casualty during a simulated medical emergency at the Maritime Operational Health Unit HMAS Penguin. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lieutenant Commander Rob Turner administers an injection of ketamine to a casualty during a simulated medical emergency at the Maritime Operational Health Unit HMAS Penguin.

It is a potentially catastrophic scenario: two critically injured in a helicopter crash, a patient undergoing an amputation and another recovering from serious injuries in a fall, with medics also trying to help a woman giving birth. Suddenly news breaks of 15 injured in a small boat collision and fire in a dock. And it’s all taking place on one of Australia’s amphibious assault ships.

Submariners ‘deep-dive’ into critical rescue operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (author)

Submarine Escape and Rescue Manager, Commander Matthew Brown, RAN, presents to Australian and international guests and attendees at the Coordinator Rescue Forces Course held at HMAS Stirling.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Submarine Escape and Rescue Manager, Commander Matthew Brown, RAN, presents to Australian and international guests and attendees at the Coordinator Rescue Forces Course held at HMAS Stirling.

HMAS Stirling recently hosted an international contingent of submarine rescue officers who were ‘taught and assessed’ on the planning and coordination considerations in the event of a stricken submarine incident requiring rescue.

Bang for buck

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Commander Glen Price, RAN, at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commander Glen Price, RAN, at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

Navy’s minehunter fleet were approaching the end of their planned service life but now have a Service Life Extension to 2035-38 and the challenge of working out the details to get there falls to Commander Glen Price, the man in charge of sustainment at the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Systems Program Office at HMAS Waterhen.

Deployable Mine Countermeasures increase

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Crew members of HMAS Gascoyne launch a Double Eagle Mine Disposal Vehicle during Exercise OCEAN RAIDER.  (photo: Unknown)

Crew members of HMAS Gascoyne launch a Double Eagle Mine Disposal Vehicle during Exercise OCEAN RAIDER.

The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels.

Partnership key to future tech capability

Published on by LEUT Christina Rogerson (author), LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Petty Officer Electronic Technician Christopher White, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Taylor and Able Seaman Electronic Technician Ryan Paterson working with the PINPOINT II Circuit Card diagnostic system in the Circuit Card Assembly Test and Repair Facility at the Fleet Support Unit-West on HMAS Stirling.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Petty Officer Electronic Technician Christopher White, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Taylor and Able Seaman Electronic Technician Ryan Paterson working with the PINPOINT II Circuit Card diagnostic system in the Circuit Card Assembly Test and Repair Facility at the Fleet Support Unit-West on HMAS Stirling.

Three members of Fleet Support Unit West, at HMAS Stirling in Rockingham, have completed a successful six-week secondment programme designed to develop their technical skills paving exciting developments for the future of Navy’s technical capability.

Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

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HMAS Toowoomba departs Sydney Harbour in June 2017 (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Toowoomba departs Sydney Harbour in June 2017

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials.

Regional military cooperation strengthened

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Phillip Hunt (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Darwin, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Toowoomba steam line astern during their departure from Sydney Harbour during the fleet departure for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE 17).  (photo: CPOIS Phillip Hunt)

Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Darwin, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Toowoomba steam line astern during their departure from Sydney Harbour during the fleet departure for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE 17).

A group of warships departed Sydney on 4 September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region – grouped as Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

Repair reuse recycle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Leading Seaman Justin Faint working at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Waterhen.  (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

Leading Seaman Justin Faint working at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Waterhen.

A major initiative is underway at Fleet Support Unit at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney that has the potential to save millions of dollars a year for Navy and keep ships supplied with valuable equipment.

The power and the passion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.

It’s one of the oldest military bands in the country; they’ve performed to hundreds of thousands of people around the nation and throughout the world.  But who are the faces behind the melodies and what does it take to be a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band?