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Not all optics in the west

Published on by WO William Mansfield (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Robert Hambridge uses the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) during the Optical Fibre System Element Group Workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Robert Hambridge uses the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) during the Optical Fibre System Element Group Workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West.

Optic fibre expertise is a growth industry in Navy, and no more so that at Fleet Support Unit - West.

Long line of duty for HMAS Huon

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABCIS Philippa Smith (photographer)

A shark is about to be freed from an illegal longline by Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked on HMAS Huon on November 25th 2014. (photo: ABCIS Philippa Smith)

A shark is about to be freed from an illegal longline by Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked on HMAS Huon on November 25th 2014.

Navy personnel have come to the rescue of sharks trapped in abandoned longlines recently, whilst on patrol east of Ashmore Island.

HMAS Bundaberg decommissioned

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns.

HMAS Bundaberg was decommissioned from Royal Australian Navy service at a small ceremony in HMAS Cairns on 18 December.

The weight of command changes as Anzac prepares for a busy 2015

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac Commander Matthew Doornbos passes the weight of command, signified by a casting of a WWI slouch hat, to new Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac Commander Matthew Doornbos passes the weight of command, signified by a casting of a WWI slouch hat, to new Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood.

After two years in a command that encompassed four Anzac class frigates, Commander Matthew Doornbos handed over command of HMAS Anzac to Commander Belinda Wood at a ceremony held alongside Sydney’s Fleet Base East last week.

Melbourne takes to the skies

Published on by ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), ABEW Anthony Bergman (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick marshals in a S-70B-2 Seahawk for a helicopter in-flight refuelling evolution. (photo: ABEW Anthony Bergman)

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick marshals in a S-70B-2 Seahawk for a helicopter in-flight refuelling evolution.

HMAS Melbourne ship's motto, 'vires aquirit eundo', translates as 'she gathers strength as she goes'. Commissioned on 15 February 1992, she is one of the Royal Australian Navy's four Adelaide class guided missile frigates and constantly continues to impress.

Fighting Tigers demonstrate war fighting prowess

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Paul Morrison (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

A S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter carrying a torpedo, transits to the rendezvous point for a weapon trial. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

A S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter carrying a torpedo, transits to the rendezvous point for a weapon trial.

During the first week of December, 816 Squadron took part in the Fleet Experimentation Period. These important few days enabled the Fighting Tigers to push new capabilities and exercise the core war fighting focus of 816.

Labuan to Lakekamu

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Labuan, Lieutenant Christopher Cockerill, RAN, Secretary Papua New Guinea Department of Defence, Mr John Porti, Capability Manager Amphibious and Afloat Support Group, Captain Tony Rayner, RAN, Defence Adviser for Papua New Guinea, Colonel Joseph Fabila and Defence Advisor to Port Moresby, Colonel Richard Parker stand on the tank deck of HMAS Labuan. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer HMAS Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Labuan, Lieutenant Christopher Cockerill, RAN, Secretary Papua New Guinea Department of Defence, Mr John Porti, Capability Manager Amphibious and Afloat Support Group, Captain Tony Rayner, RAN, Defence Adviser for Papua New Guinea, Colonel Joseph Fabila and Defence Advisor to Port Moresby, Colonel Richard Parker stand on the tank deck of HMAS Labuan.

A ceremony was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 4 December to mark the commissioning of the Her Majesty Papua New Guinea Ship Lakekamu into service with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Tobruk returns

Published on by SBLT Darren Watkins (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Friends and family gather on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome home HMAS Tobruk from a six month deployment. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Friends and family gather on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome home HMAS Tobruk from a six month deployment.

On 6 December, HMAS Tobruk sailed through Sydney Heads after five months away, and was welcomed alongside her home port, Garden Island by family and friends.

HMAS Arunta welcomes new Commanding Officer

Published on by LEUT Alan Clarke (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander David Tietzel presents incoming Commanding Officer, Commander David Landon with the ship's 'weight' - a painting gifted to HMAS Arunta (I) by indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira, during the CO Handover Ceremony. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander David Tietzel presents incoming Commanding Officer, Commander David Landon with the ship's 'weight' - a painting gifted to HMAS Arunta (I) by indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira, during the CO Handover Ceremony.

After a challenging year bringing HMAS Arunta out of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade and a deployment around Australia including participating as lead ship in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander David Tietzel handed over command of the ship to Commander David Landon in a ceremony on the flight deck.

Meteor storm lights up the Fleet

Published on by LEUT Andrew Sutton (author), Unknown (photographer)

Project METEOR instructor Petty Officer Luke Boyle (right) assists HMAS Parramatta's Seaman Marine Technician Adam Jones in the machinery spaces. (photo: Unknown)

Project METEOR instructor Petty Officer Luke Boyle (right) assists HMAS Parramatta's Seaman Marine Technician Adam Jones in the machinery spaces.

Over an intensive two week sea assessment period in October, seven Marine Technician sailors achieved their Marine Systems Controller qualifications in HMAS Parramatta as part of the Project METEOR pilot event.