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Exercise STRONGBACK SIM heralds new approach to deployment readiness training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson.

A new era in working towards unit readiness was introduced recently when Exercise STRONGBACK SIM was conducted at Fleet Base West in Western Australia and HMAS Watson in Sydney.


HMAS Canberra returns to Fiji

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), CMDR Ben Macdonald (photographer), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

The Royal Fiji Military Forces band plays as HMAS Canberra approaches the Port of Suva, Fiji where the ship will spent three days to meet again with the people of Fiji and celebrate the bonds of friendship formed during the emergency response following Cyclone Winston. (photo: CMDR Ben Macdonald)

The Royal Fiji Military Forces band plays as HMAS Canberra approaches the Port of Suva, Fiji where the ship will spent three days to meet again with the people of Fiji and celebrate the bonds of friendship formed during the emergency response following Cyclone Winston.

The Australian Defence Force’s commitment to Fiji in the days following Tropical Cyclone Winston will be remembered during HMAS Canberra’s return visit to Fiji on 17-20 August.

Tailored forecast on tap

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Meteorologist, Lieutenant Christie Underwood fills a weather balloon with helium onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist.  (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Royal Australian Navy Meteorologist, Lieutenant Christie Underwood fills a weather balloon with helium onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist.

Using a weather app on your phone might be a great way to see if the family picnic will be rained out, but they’re not the best for navigating a ship or planning an exercise.

Milestone Anzac frigate crew

Published on by SBLT Stacey Butters (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba, currently undergoing an Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Toowoomba, currently undergoing an Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade at Henderson Shipyard, Western Australia

A significant milestone has been achieved this month with the formation of a seventh Anzac class frigate crew - the first time since 2010.

Maritime security focus for Australia-PNG exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Daniel O’Neill (author and photographer), LSMED Peter Tremaine (photographer)

HMAS Wollongong berthed (Back left) alongside in Port Moresby (photo: LEUT Daniel O’Neill)

HMAS Wollongong berthed (Back left) alongside in Port Moresby

Exercise PARADISE got underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with little fanfare but with much promise for the participating Royal Australian and Papua New Guinean navies. 

Teams tested with real-life scenarios

Published on by Anjali Skandaraja (author), Unknown (photographer)

Joint Operations Planning course students  (photo: Unknown)

Joint Operations Planning course students

Joint Operations Planning course students, supported by students of the Joint Logistics, Health and Movements Planning courses, conducted operational planning at the Australian Defence Force Warfare Training Centre in June.

Australian hospitality a highlight of RIMPAC

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

L-R Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge, USMC Sergeant Spenser Spuck, USMC Sergeant Mitchell Garino, and Able Seaman Musician Luke Stanley meet on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

L-R Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge, USMC Sergeant Spenser Spuck, USMC Sergeant Mitchell Garino, and Able Seaman Musician Luke Stanley meet on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

Beards and Vegemite were among the curiosities when more than 130 United States Marines embarked in HMAS Canberra for the sea phase of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

Wollongong sails for paradise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jarrod Chesher (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Lieutenant Mark Doggett on the bridge wing of HMAS Wollongong as they sail across the Arafeura Sea.  (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Lieutenant Mark Doggett on the bridge wing of HMAS Wollongong as they sail across the Arafeura Sea.

HMAS Wollongong set sail for Port Moresby this month to take part in Exercise PARADISE - an annual event aimed at strengthening ties between the Royal Australian and Papua New Guinean navies.

West-based fleet on display

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), ABCIS Lincoln Commane (photographer)

A platoon from HMAS Stirling 'Eyes Right' as they march past the Chief of Navy (CN), Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN during CN's Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Stirling.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A platoon from HMAS Stirling 'Eyes Right' as they march past the Chief of Navy (CN), Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN during CN's Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Stirling.

The conduct of divisions is a time-honoured tradition which continued recently south of Perth with more than 1,300 personnel from HMAS Stirling, resident units, and all Fleet Base West home-ported ships and submarines parading on the main sports field.

Promoting Anzac relations

Published on by LEUT Ian Manson (author), CPOEW Martin Anderson (photographer)

LT Marett (RNZN) conning HMAS Warramunga as she completes her Light Jackstay with HMNZS Te Kaha during exercise RIMPAC 16.  (photo: CPOEW Martin Anderson)

LT Marett (RNZN) conning HMAS Warramunga as she completes her Light Jackstay with HMNZS Te Kaha during exercise RIMPAC 16.

Whilst operating off Hawaii with HMNZS Te Kaha as part of RIMPAC 2016, a unique opportunity presented itself for Sub Lieutenant Blair Marett a New Zealand Navy officer currently posted in HMAS Warramunga.