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Survey vessels hit the charts

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma.

Training to ‘fight and win at sea’ occurs across the Navy every day of the year, but how does that concept map to the hydrographic fleet and their motto ‘diligence and skill’? – step into the world of the Navy’s survey motor launches.

Newcastle completes operations with US 5th Fleet

Published on by Department of Defence (author), US Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Emily Johnston (photographer)

USS Nimitz, USS Princeton, French Navy FS Jean Bart and Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle conduct a formation group sail demonstrating combined interoperability and multinational partnership in support of Commander, Task Force 50 operations in the Arabian Gulf. (photo: Mass Communication Specialist Se)

USS Nimitz, USS Princeton, French Navy FS Jean Bart and Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle conduct a formation group sail demonstrating combined interoperability and multinational partnership in support of Commander, Task Force 50 operations in the Arabian Gulf.

HMAS Newcastle has completed an attachment with the US Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf while deployed on maritime security operations in the Middle East region.

Lifelong friendships sustained in Timor Leste

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius from HMAS Adelaide is presented a shaw from Noi, who he has known since he served in Dili, Timor during the INTERFET campaign in 1999. Lieutenant Vergelius had the opportunity to catch up for the first time in 18 years while conducting Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17.  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius from HMAS Adelaide is presented a shaw from Noi, who he has known since he served in Dili, Timor during the INTERFET campaign in 1999. Lieutenant Vergelius had the opportunity to catch up for the first time in 18 years while conducting Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17.

For Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius, the recent delivery into Dili Harbour of a deployable hospital and medical supplies provided the opportunity to renew a friendship which began during the turmoil of Timor Leste’s independence struggle in 1999.

Navigating Middle Eastern Waters

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Stibbard stands on the forecastle of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Stibbard stands on the forecastle of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.

Looking after the safety of a 4,000-tonne frigate and her crew as it sails thousands of nautical miles from home may seem like a big job, but it’s all in a day’s work for Lieutenant Shaun Stibbard.

Maritime medical mastery in the Middle East

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Seaman Medical Chelsea Deenan is seen in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Seaman Medical Chelsea Deenan is seen in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Working in the sickbay of one of Navy’s warships is no easy task, as Seaman Medic Chelsea Deenen has found out through her deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.

Youth development voyage inspires career

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

TS Paluma Cadet Lachlan Smets onboard STS Young Endeavour. (photo: Unknown)

TS Paluma Cadet Lachlan Smets onboard STS Young Endeavour.

An Australian Navy Cadet from Training Ship Paluma has his eyes firmly focused on a career in Navy as a boatswains mate, having completed a recent voyage on the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour from Brisbane to Mackay.

Innovation gains knowledge of products

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Kris Kneller takes sausage rolls out of the oven prior to lunchtime service in the HMAS Stirling Main Galley.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Kris Kneller takes sausage rolls out of the oven prior to lunchtime service in the HMAS Stirling Main Galley.

‘On-trend’ HMAS Stirling chefs execute cutting edge ideas for Navy people in Western Australia, preparing food across the spectrum of activities than the service undertakes across the state.

Sea-riders enjoy a Darwin experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABEW Jackson Ricketts (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Teiah McKee shows Subtenente Bendito Gaspar (F-FDTL) around the bridge onboard HMAS Darwin.  (photo: ABEW Jackson Ricketts)

Sub Lieutenant Teiah McKee shows Subtenente Bendito Gaspar (F-FDTL) around the bridge onboard HMAS Darwin.

Two officers from the Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste, or the Timor Leste Defence Force, were welcomed onboard HMAS Darwin as she sailed from Sydney to Dili, Timor Leste.

Privileged posting to a powerful ship

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (author)

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar stands on the bridge of NUSHIP Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar stands on the bridge of NUSHIP Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar has only been in the Navy eight months and has already become part of the crew joining the newest addition to the Fleet. 

Experience earned on exchange

Published on by Department of Defence (author), UK MOD (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Marc Rennie, pictured at the Homecoming of  HMS CHIDDINGFOLD in the UK.

Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Rennie.

Today HMS Chiddingfold returned alongside at HMNB Portsmouth. She was greeted by friends and family of the current serving crew.

Consent Held at FRPU(East). (photo: LPhot Sam Seeley)

Lieutenant Commander Marc Rennie, pictured at the Homecoming of HMS CHIDDINGFOLD in the UK. Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Rennie. Today HMS Chiddingfold returned alongside at HMNB Portsmouth. She was greeted by friends and family of the current serving crew. Consent Held at FRPU(East).

The Royal Australian Navy routinely shares and expands knowledge through a range of personnel exchanges, and for one Australian mine warfare specialist the opportunity to work with the Royal Navy has been without comparison.