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A final return for Dechaineux Commander

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, stands on the casing.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, stands on the casing.

Smiling, familiar faces greeted the crew of HMAS Dechaineux upon her return to Fleet Base West after a two month deployment to Tasmania and New Zealand. Arriving a week ahead of Christmas the submarine crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force.

United for the common good

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Emily Hull (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Maritime Warfare Officers (L) Lieutenant (LEUT) Matthew Smith, RAN and (R) LEUT Melanie Kristensen, RAN, with 808 Squadron Pilot, LEUT Tammie-Lee Hunter and Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod, RAN, in the Flying Control Office, HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

Maritime Warfare Officers (L) Lieutenant (LEUT) Matthew Smith, RAN and (R) LEUT Melanie Kristensen, RAN, with 808 Squadron Pilot, LEUT Tammie-Lee Hunter and Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod, RAN, in the Flying Control Office, HMAS Adelaide.

The Royal Australian Navy’s largest vessels, HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide, have presented opportunities to break down stereotypes within the Navy and between services as the platforms reflect true combined capability.

Destroyer Brisbane launched

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Mrs Robyn Shackleton, wife of former Chief of Navy and Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane II, Vice Admiral David Shackleton (retired), was guest of honour and launching lady, sending the destroyer on her way with the traditional toast and smash of a bottle. (photo: Unknown)

Mrs Robyn Shackleton, wife of former Chief of Navy and Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane II, Vice Admiral David Shackleton (retired), was guest of honour and launching lady, sending the destroyer on her way with the traditional toast and smash of a bottle.

The second Hobart class destroyer marked a major milestone in its construction when she was officially named Brisbane and launched in Adelaide on 15 December.

Operations in the Pacific reflect strategic change

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), SGT Dave Morley (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Surveillance Advisers (MSAs) and Technical Advisers (TAs) from across the Pacific came to Canberra for an annual five-day conference from November 21-25, 2016. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Surveillance Advisers (MSAs) and Technical Advisers (TAs) from across the Pacific came to Canberra for an annual five-day conference from November 21-25, 2016.

Maritime Surveillance Advisers and Technical Advisers spread across 12 Pacific Island countries, in direct support of Australia’s Pacific Patrol Boat Program, converged on Canberra in late November for their annual conference.

Amphibious capability enhanced

Published on by LEUT Matthew Cramp (author), Unknown (photographer)

Soldier of Merit Able Seaman Clearance Diver Burch during the recent basic reconnaissance run by 2RAR (photo: Unknown)

Soldier of Merit Able Seaman Clearance Diver Burch during the recent basic reconnaissance run by 2RAR

Five Navy Clearance Divers have returned to their Sydney home of HMAS Waterhen, armed with new skills and the ability to better integrate into the joint amphibious environment after some training with their Army colleagues.

Hyperbaric medicine's cooperative capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Medic Kiah Chapple operates a monitor inside the hyperbaric chamber at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.   (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Medic Kiah Chapple operates a monitor inside the hyperbaric chamber at Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.

Navy personnel are increasing their skills in the specialist field of hyperbaric medicine by undertaking regular medical placements at Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital.

Wharfside workers on task

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Port Services Manager - Fleet Base East,
Commander Ian Gray stands on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: Unknown)

Port Services Manager - Fleet Base East, Commander Ian Gray stands on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney.

While many Australians enjoy a break from work over Christmas, the hard working Navy team of Port Services, Garden Island, in Sydney, will continue to deliver essential services to keep the Defence vessels that dominate Sydney Harbour berthed and slipped.

Choules gives Navy's newest officers experience at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Loretta Houlahan (author), MIDN Nathan Rose (photographer)

Midshipmans Bethlyn Aknonero and Benjamin Montgomery on the bridge of HMAS Choules.  (photo: LEUT McDonald)

Midshipmans Bethlyn Aknonero and Benjamin Montgomery on the bridge of HMAS Choules.

Royal Australian Navy landing ship, HMAS Choules recently gave some junior officers their first taste of life at sea, hosting initial trainees from the Royal Australian Naval College.

Penguin community celebrated

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A guard of honour prepare to fire as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during a ceremonial sunset held at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

A guard of honour prepare to fire as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during a ceremonial sunset held at HMAS Penguin.

Sydney base, HMAS Penguin has paid tribute to the local community for their continued support at their annual community reception, 'Beat to Quarters' and 'Ceremonial Sunset'.

Ballarat patrols North West Shelf

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Mark Lucking (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat patrolling the North West Shelf of Australia.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

HMAS Ballarat patrolling the North West Shelf of Australia.

The north west coast of Western Australia, also known as the North West Shelf, is home to Australia’s vast and strategically vital oil and gas infrastructure.