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Melbourne treats Warrnambool to a light show

Published on by LCDR Matt Adams (author)

A Royal Australian Navy Seahawk from HMAS Melbourne discharges flares over the coast of Warrnambool, Victoria.   (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A Royal Australian Navy Seahawk from HMAS Melbourne discharges flares over the coast of Warrnambool, Victoria.

The Warrnambool community were granted a rare opportunity to see a warship on Tuesday, when HMAS Melbourne conducted a close proximity transit during her return voyage to her homeport Garden Island, Sydney.

Arunta's alive!

Published on by LEUT Matthew Cavedon (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

(left to right) Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN stands with the Commanding Officer of HMAS Arunta Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN and the Marine Engineering team who won the Australian Cup award for their work on HMAS Warramunga during 2013.

The crew of Arunta recently transferred from HMAS Warramunga as part of the hull swap.   (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

(left to right) Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN stands with the Commanding Officer of HMAS Arunta Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN and the Marine Engineering team who won the Australian Cup award for their work on HMAS Warramunga during 2013. The crew of Arunta recently transferred from HMAS Warramunga as part of the hull swap.

The 12th of February was a significant day for HMA Ships Warramunga and Arunta.

ROKS Won San gives Australians a taste of Korea in New Zealand

Published on by POIS Paul Berry (author and photographer), CPO Nam (ROKN) (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne (left) conducts manoeuvres with Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Won San during the Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 in New Zealand. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

HMAS Gascoyne (left) conducts manoeuvres with Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Won San during the Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 in New Zealand.

Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Won San has rolled out the red carpet for Royal Australian Navy sailors during the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Counter Measures and Diving Exercise 2014 in New Zealand.

Busy weekend for 723 Squadron

Published on by LEUT Lachlan Badger (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer), CPL Nicci Freeman (photographer), LAC Brenton Kwaterski (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) midshipmen and officer cadets stand on parade as nine Australian Defence Force helicopters conduct a flypast over the top of the ADFA parade ground, Canberra. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) midshipmen and officer cadets stand on parade as nine Australian Defence Force helicopters conduct a flypast over the top of the ADFA parade ground, Canberra.


723 Squadron took part in three major events on the first weekend of March, including the Chief of Defence Force Parade at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, and the Centenary of Military Aviation at RAAF Base Williams.

Romeo capability continues to expand

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft three and four arrive at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft three and four arrive at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

Delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk Romeo capability took another step forward recently, with the arrival of aircraft three and four.

Canberra’s size and power tested at sea trials

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

NUSHIP Canberra sails from Williamstown to commence her first set of sea trials. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

NUSHIP Canberra sails from Williamstown to commence her first set of sea trials.

NUSHIP Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock ships being built for the Australian Defence Force, sailed yesterday for the first time under her own propulsion as part of the sea trials and testing program.

Kiwi Chief of Defence Force tests waters

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), Unknown (photographer)

Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN (left) speaks with members from the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navy on HMNZS Cantebury during Western Pacific Naval Symposium, Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014. (photo: Unknown)

Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN (left) speaks with members from the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navy on HMNZS Cantebury during Western Pacific Naval Symposium, Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.

New Zealand's recently appointed Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN, took time to visit the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 (MCMEX14) as it kicked off in earnest this week.

Searching the depths

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author and photographer)

Petty Officer CSSMW Nathan Caddis and LS CSO Steven Reid members of the Mine warfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST) onboard HMNZS Canterbury study sonar readings to determine safe passage for vessels as part of the New Zealand led Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.  (photo: SBLT Kathrine Mulheron)

Petty Officer CSSMW Nathan Caddis and LS CSO Steven Reid members of the Mine warfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST) onboard HMNZS Canterbury study sonar readings to determine safe passage for vessels as part of the New Zealand led Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.

Sailors from the Minewarfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST), currently in New Zealand supporting the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 (MCMEX14), are enjoying the chance to show their skills and learn from others in their specialised field.

HMAS Sydney served up the Silver Platter Award for 2013

Published on by LCDR Jeremy Richardson (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents the annual Silver Platter award for outstanding catering and hospitality to Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Shaun Taylor and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Steward Michael Meurant on behalf of the HMAS Sydney catering and hospitality team. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents the annual Silver Platter award for outstanding catering and hospitality to Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Shaun Taylor and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Steward Michael Meurant on behalf of the HMAS Sydney catering and hospitality team.

Whilst the provision of meals may be seen as a mundane ‘everyday’ occurrence, the importance of providing capability through catering can not be understated and food plays a large part in the morale of a ship and the health of those onboard.

On the record: Armidale Class Patrol Boat fleet

Published on by Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.  (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.

Today in the Australian newspaper there was an article titled Times up for Navy Asylum Fleet. This article discussed the Armidale Class Patrol Boat Fleet. There were a number of errors in the article.