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ESPS Cantabria commended by the RAN

Published on by Ms Eliza Bavin (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents  Commanding Officer of ESPS Cantabria, Commander Jose Luis Nieto a unit commendation on the flight deck in front of the ship's crew at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents Commanding Officer of ESPS Cantabria, Commander Jose Luis Nieto a unit commendation on the flight deck in front of the ship's crew at Garden Island, Sydney.

The professionalism of ESPS Cantabria ship’s company under the leadership of Commander Jose Luis Nieto Fernandez was formally recognised recently with a Commander Australian Fleet commendations.

Fuelling the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Joseph McKay (author)

HMAS Success conducts a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with HMAS Darwin in the East Australian Exercise Area. It was Success' first RAS since returning to sea following her extended refit period. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Success conducts a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with HMAS Darwin in the East Australian Exercise Area. It was Success' first RAS since returning to sea following her extended refit period.

HMAS Success has successfully completed her first Replenishment at Sea (RAS) as part of Sea Qualification Trials, just days after returning to sea.

NUSHIP Canberra passes first harbour acceptance trial in Australia

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), Mary-Anne Lane (photographer)

A Mack Heavy Recovery Vehicle embarks in forward side ramp door of NUSHIP Canberra. (photo: Mary-Anne Lane)

A Mack Heavy Recovery Vehicle embarks in forward side ramp door of NUSHIP Canberra.

Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) has successfully completed a vehicle load trial on NUSHIP Canberra in the first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Harbour Acceptance Trial to be done in Australia.

Australian Navy farewells Spanish Armada

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (author)

Royal Australian Navy members wave goodbye to ESPS Cantabria on the wharf at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Royal Australian Navy members wave goodbye to ESPS Cantabria on the wharf at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

After nine months operating as part of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet, Spanish Armada Ship, ESPS Cantabria was farewelled from her temporary homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.

Looking back at Navy Divers' contribution to war on IEDs

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author), WO2 Andrew Hetherington (photographer), LSIS Andrew Dakin (photographer), CPL Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Leading Seaman Clearance Diver Michael Greenfield, Flight Sergeant Peter Radcliffe and Corporal Luke Troy from Combined Team Uruzgan at Patrol Base Wali in Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Hamish Paterson)

Leading Seaman Clearance Diver Michael Greenfield, Flight Sergeant Peter Radcliffe and Corporal Luke Troy from Combined Team Uruzgan at Patrol Base Wali in Afghanistan.

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers employed to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the war-torn environment of Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province safer for diggers and local Afghan civilians.

Tobruk's arrival at Ormoc

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Jake Sims (photographer)

A landing craft departs HMAS Tobruk loaded with Australian Army Engineer equipment for the Recovery Support Force during Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

A landing craft departs HMAS Tobruk loaded with Australian Army Engineer equipment for the Recovery Support Force during Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

As HMAS Tobruk steamed into Ormoc on the morning of November 26, a light mist hid much of the city’s devastation.

Melbourne gets timely reminder of piracy dangers

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia.

Fresh from their successful interdiction of suspected Somali pirates in October, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has experienced a sombre reminder of the consequences of piracy when the ship came across the wreckage of the merchant vessel MV Albedo.

HMAS Tobruk arrives to support recovery in the Philippines

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Jake Sims (photographer)

HMAS Tobruk sits at anchor off the coast of Ormoc, Philippines, ready to support Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

HMAS Tobruk sits at anchor off the coast of Ormoc, Philippines, ready to support Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

HMAS Tobruk has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Community engagement key to mission success in Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Seaman Kieren Paish and Able Seaman Thomas Rutter from HMAS Tarakan are swamped by local children as they step on to the wharf at Yandina, Russell Islands. (photo: Sergeant Hamish Paterson)

Seaman Kieren Paish and Able Seaman Thomas Rutter from HMAS Tarakan are swamped by local children as they step on to the wharf at Yandina, Russell Islands.

Months of careful planning in partnership with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, and Australian Defence and Consulate staff in Honiara, along with a well thought out community engagement program, have been an integral part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Combat experience used to clear remnants of war in Solomon Islands

Published on by CMDR Doug Griffiths (author), ABCD Matt Deloraine (photographer)

ABCD Luke Woodcroft and ABCD Daniel Bird from HMAS Diamantina prepare explosives to destroy unexploded ordnance left on the sea floor in the Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABCD Matt Deloraine)

ABCD Luke Woodcroft and ABCD Daniel Bird from HMAS Diamantina prepare explosives to destroy unexploded ordnance left on the sea floor in the Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal skill sets that have been developed, adapted and refined over twelve years of conflict are presently being put to good use in Solomon Islands.