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Kayaking to keep fit to fight

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from HMAS Kuttabul raft their kayaks together to allow Petty Officer Mathew McDonald to move between Kayaks during the introduction to kayaking lesson at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney NSW. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from HMAS Kuttabul raft their kayaks together to allow Petty Officer Mathew McDonald to move between Kayaks during the introduction to kayaking lesson at Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney NSW.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer has challenged all Commanding Officers to promote physical fitness within their commands through encouragement of participation in sport and outdoor activities.

HMAS Mermaid visits old friend to test new technology

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Michael Casey (author)

Full density colour image of HMAS Warrnambool on the ocean floor. (photo: Unknown)

Full density colour image of HMAS Warrnambool on the ocean floor.

While conducting hydrographic survey work in Far North Queensland recently, Survey Motor Launch HMAS Mermaid  made a brief detour to conduct a condition assessment of the wreck of HMAS Warrnambool (I).

Birdies hone anti-submarine warfare skills

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

725 Squadron's MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter conducts a DIPEX serial in the Jervis Bay area. (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

725 Squadron's MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter conducts a DIPEX serial in the Jervis Bay area.

Over the past two weeks, aviation personnel from the Royal Australian Navy’s 725 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross, have been conducting anti-submarine warfare exercises with submarine, HMAS Rankin, off Jervis Bay.

Chefs served up master class on seafood

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Zach Morris gives a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare seafood. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Zach Morris gives a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare seafood.

Navy chefs at HMAS Kuttabul were given a master class on working with seafood recently – news which should have the Fleet salivating.

Island stopover for Minehunter

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Members of HMAS Gascoyne took time out to visit the War Memorial on Lord Howe Island. (photo: Unknown)

Members of HMAS Gascoyne took time out to visit the War Memorial on Lord Howe Island.

The ship’s company of HMAS Gascoyne have enjoyed a brief stop over on World Heritage Listed Lord Howe Island, prior to starting deep diving training.

HMAS Parramatta Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade more than skin deep

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Felicity Petrie (author), LCDR Felicity Petrie (photographer)

HMA Ships Parramatta (left) and Toowoomba (right) at the BAE Systems shipyard at Henderson, WA. HMAS Parramatta is receiving a coat of Haze Grey following installation of new mast structures, while HMAS Toowoomba has been blasted back to bare metal and preserved with primer awaiting structural and combat system modifications to be installed. (photo: LCDR Felicity Petrie)

HMA Ships Parramatta (left) and Toowoomba (right) at the BAE Systems shipyard at Henderson, WA. HMAS Parramatta is receiving a coat of Haze Grey following installation of new mast structures, while HMAS Toowoomba has been blasted back to bare metal and preserved with primer awaiting structural and combat system modifications to be installed.

HMAS Parramatta, the fifth Anzac class frigate built for Australia and the sixth to enter the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade programme has commenced preparations to undock in mid April.

White Paper myths busted by Defence Chief

Published on by LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer)

A C-130J Hercules from No 37 Squadron overflies a Royal Australian Navy Collins-Class submarine off the West Australian Coast. (photo: CPL David Gibbs)

A C-130J Hercules from No 37 Squadron overflies a Royal Australian Navy Collins-Class submarine off the West Australian Coast.

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin held a round-table meeting with members of the Australian media on 1 March to discuss future capabilities outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Surface combatant navigators graduate post Kiwi hospitality

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Michael Rhys-Jones (author), LEUT Richard Norman (author), LEUT Matthew Durrington (author), PO Sean Armstrong (photographer)

Classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 06 stand on the foc’sle of  HMAS Warramunga. L-R Lieutenant Jessica O’Brien, Lieutenant Seager Clarkson, RNZN,  Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones (Course Instructor) Lieutenant Ben Bird (Instructor), Lieutenant Matthew Wilson, RNZN, Lieutenant Simon Murray. (photo: Unknown)

Classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 06 stand on the foc’sle of HMAS Warramunga. L-R Lieutenant Jessica O’Brien, Lieutenant Seager Clarkson, RNZN, Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones (Course Instructor) Lieutenant Ben Bird (Instructor), Lieutenant Matthew Wilson, RNZN, Lieutenant Simon Murray.

HMAS Warramunga has completed a two week deployment to New Zealand in support of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course. Navigators from the Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Navies conducted precision pilotages around the coast of New Zealand during which the ship also conducted port visits to Auckland and Wellington. 

HMAS Rankin awarded Platypus Cup

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the Platypus Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN, who receives it on behalf of the crew, during a presentation ceremony held on the West Dock Wall at Garden Island, Sydney NSW. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the Platypus Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN, who receives it on behalf of the crew, during a presentation ceremony held on the West Dock Wall at Garden Island, Sydney NSW.

HMAS Rankin has been presented the Platypus Cup, a Fleet Unit Award for the highest performing submarine or crew which has excelled in all aspects of submarine operations, safety, reliability and unit level training.

HMAS Canberra returns from Fiji

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy crew of a landing craft prepare to enter the well deck of HMAS Canberra with a Mack truck, during the Operation Fiji Assist relief mission. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Royal Australian Navy crew of a landing craft prepare to enter the well deck of HMAS Canberra with a Mack truck, during the Operation Fiji Assist relief mission.

HMAS Canberra returns to Australia today following its successful maiden deployment to Fiji in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.