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Milestone event adds to destroyer capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Steve Dunning (author), SGT Brett Sherriff (photographer)

CDRE Simon Ottaviano (R), RAN representing the delivery agent, and CDRE Michael Miko (L), RAN representing the customer. CDRE Ottaviano is the Director General Explosive Materiel Branch which is responsible for managing the entire explosive ordnance life-cycle, from acquisition through sustainment to use or disposal for all Services. (photo: SGT Brett Sherriff)

CDRE Simon Ottaviano (R), RAN representing the delivery agent, and CDRE Michael Miko (L), RAN representing the customer. CDRE Ottaviano is the Director General Explosive Materiel Branch which is responsible for managing the entire explosive ordnance life-cycle, from acquisition through sustainment to use or disposal for all Services.

In a milestone event for Navy, the inbound Hobart class destroyers will be the first Royal Australian Navy warships to be equipped with the upgraded Standard Missile (SM-2).

ScanEagle soars in Christmas Island trials

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Patrick McGuire (author), Unknown (photographer)

ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System, with Visual Detection and Ranging (or ViDAR) set up to launch at Christmas Island Airport (photo: Unknown)

ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft System, with Visual Detection and Ranging (or ViDAR) set up to launch at Christmas Island Airport

A team from the Navy Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit have deployed to Christmas Island to test their ability to conduct long term Unmanned Aircraft System operations without support.

Sailors keep bilge keel project on track

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT John McClelland (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Lachlan Mack marking parts for Project 1430 Bilge Keel Fabrication in the Fleet Support Unit-West, HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Lachlan Mack marking parts for Project 1430 Bilge Keel Fabrication in the Fleet Support Unit-West, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Tucked away in Western Australia's HMAS Stirling, is a team of specialised Navy personnel creating an enviable centre of high end fabrication.

Wildcat revealed from Pacific depths

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author), Unknown (photographer)

A photo taken by HMAS Huon’s mine disposal vehicle of the open cockpit of the F4F Wildcat. (photo: Unknown)

A photo taken by HMAS Huon’s mine disposal vehicle of the open cockpit of the F4F Wildcat.

The crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon, was able to shed some light on a 70-year-old mystery while deployed to the Solomon Islands recently.

Perth and Makasib united on mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Adam Cooper (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Members from United Arab Emirates Patrol Vessel Makasib with Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, on the bridge wing of HMAS Perth. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Members from United Arab Emirates Patrol Vessel Makasib with Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, on the bridge wing of HMAS Perth.

Following a mid-deployment port visit to Dubai, HMAS Perth coordinated a passage exercise with United Arab Emirates Navy vessel P142 Makasib, a Mubarraz class fast attack craft.
 

 

Darwin personnel selected for leadership forum

Published on by MIDN Thomas Watson (author), Unknown (photographer)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Troy Stephenson and Chief Petty Officer
Boatswains Mate David Bowden in front of HMAS Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician Troy Stephenson and Chief Petty Officer Boatswains Mate David Bowden in front of HMAS Darwin.

Three members of the ship's company of HMAS Darwin were selected to take part in the second Chief of Defence Force Leadership Forum held in Canberra recently.

Reconnaissance for future operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

(L-R) Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Inspector Kevin Maisa, of the Central Police Station, and Royal Australian Navy officer, Commander Etienne Mulder, Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, discuss the Shortland Islands while aboard HMAS Diamantina on 2 October, 2016, during an extended reconnaissance in the Western Provinces of the Solomon Islands in search of explosive remnants of war as part of Operation Render Safe. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

(L-R) Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Inspector Kevin Maisa, of the Central Police Station, and Royal Australian Navy officer, Commander Etienne Mulder, Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, discuss the Shortland Islands while aboard HMAS Diamantina on 2 October, 2016, during an extended reconnaissance in the Western Provinces of the Solomon Islands in search of explosive remnants of war as part of Operation Render Safe.

Operation RENDER SAFE 16 has come to a fitting end in the Solomon Islands following a reconnaissance mission to the Western Provinces that will pave the way for the future destruction of explosive remnants of war.

Duty done in Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author), Unknown (photographer)

Explosive remnants of World War II having been transported and ready to be cleared. (photo: Unknown)

Explosive remnants of World War II having been transported and ready to be cleared.

Clearance divers onboard HMAS Huon joined with their international counterparts to dispose of more than 2,500 pieces of unexploded ordnance during a month-long deployment to the Solomon Islands.

Lesson in soccer for Huon

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author), ABCIS Majtenyi (photographer)

HMAS Huon community engagement at Yandina Community High School (photo: ABCIS Majtenyi)

HMAS Huon community engagement at Yandina Community High School

Crew members from HMAS Huon visited a high school in the Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE duties for a range of sporting events, including volleyball and soccer.

Land dangers for Navy divers

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction.

Navy's Clearance Diving Team One personnel traded their fins for combat boots during land clearance operations in the Solomon Islands for Operation RENDER SAFE.