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Navy commissions 808 Squadron

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

808 Squadron members parade in front of MRH90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopters, during the commissioning held at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

808 Squadron members parade in front of MRH90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopters, during the commissioning held at HMAS Albatross.

The Navy’s newest Squadron - 808 - was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm on 11 July, in a traditional ceremony at HMAS Albatross.

'Tartan Terror' returns

Published on by LCDR David Perry (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Stuart prepares to come alongside her home port at Garden Island, Sydney, to the sounds of bagpipes. HMAS Stuart was temporarily based in the west after a hull swap with HMAS Anzac. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Stuart prepares to come alongside her home port at Garden Island, Sydney, to the sounds of bagpipes. HMAS Stuart was temporarily based in the west after a hull swap with HMAS Anzac.

Following an extremely busy and challenging ten weeks alongside Fleet Base West, HMAS Stuart returned to Sydney yesterday. With the sounds of a lone piper playing on the Chaff Deck, the ‘Tartan Terror’ glided into Fleet Base East and was met by family and friends as well as the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett.

All systems go on simulated training

Published on by SBLT Jez Kokshoorn (author)

Graduates of the pilot FCO Endorsement Course at the Systems Training School, HMAS Watson, with their instructor: CPOET Hunter-Wield, LSET Weeks, LSET Boyd, LSET Walsh, POET Bowden, LSET Draheim (Dux). (photo: Unknown)

Graduates of the pilot FCO Endorsement Course at the Systems Training School, HMAS Watson, with their instructor: CPOET Hunter-Wield, LSET Weeks, LSET Boyd, LSET Walsh, POET Bowden, LSET Draheim (Dux).

The Weapons Electrical Engineering and Warfare Communities have embraced Training Force’s first priority to increase the use of simulation in training by establishing a pilot Anzac Mk3 Fire Control Officer (FCO) Endorsement Course.

Romeo training hits full throttle in the US

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author)

MH-60R Simulator training. (photo: Unknown)

MH-60R Simulator training.

NUSQN 725 (CMDR David Frost) has been hitting the books and burning the midnight oil as it undertakes training with the USN in Jacksonville, Florida USA.

Australian Navy leading the world with MRH90 helicopter introduction at sea

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author)

Australian MRH90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea. (photo: Unknown)

Australian MRH90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea.

The Royal Australian Navy is leading the world in bringing the new MRH90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter into service at sea.

Canberra crew spends time at sea on NUSHIP systems

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Christopher Thornton (author)

MIDN Emma Van Overdyk plays a role during a Boarding Exercise (BOARDEX) onboard ESPS Cantabria. (photo: Unknown)

MIDN Emma Van Overdyk plays a role during a Boarding Exercise (BOARDEX) onboard ESPS Cantabria.

Over the past two weeks, Royal Australian Navy technical sailors identified for NUSHIP Canberra have been familiarising themselves with ship systems common to Canberra, onboard Spanish Ship ESPS Cantabria.

FLSE subs stands up

Published on by CMDR Andy Nelson (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Captain Mark Potter, RAN, CSC, Commander Submarine Force, welcomes sailors from Joint Logistics Unit - West to the Submarine Force during a small hand over ceremony. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Captain Mark Potter, RAN, CSC, Commander Submarine Force, welcomes sailors from Joint Logistics Unit - West to the Submarine Force during a small hand over ceremony.

During a noteworthy ceremony at HMAS Stirling on 1 July, formal command of the Fleet Logistic Support Element – Fleet Base West (FLSE – FBW) passed from Joint Logistics Unit – West (JLU-W) to Commander, Australian Submarine Forces.

Forget Vegemite diplomacy - it's all about the Tim Tam

Published on by Ms Gemma Haines (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Midshipman Lara Carr and Able Seaman Josh Smart treat the United States sailors onboard USS Blue Ridge to lamingtons and Tim Tams while alongside Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Midshipman Lara Carr and Able Seaman Josh Smart treat the United States sailors onboard USS Blue Ridge to lamingtons and Tim Tams while alongside Darwin.

Royal Australian Navy members from HMAS Coonawarra paid a visit to their US counterparts aboard the USS Blue Ridge on Wednesday, 3 July, armed with some of Australia’s finest delicacies.

Tobruk in Vanimo during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013

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A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

A crowd of local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital.

A number of local residents recently received medical and dental care from Australian Defence Force personnel at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital during PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013.

Navigation Act 2012 comes into effect

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Staff of the Australian Hydrographic Service, Wollongong. (photo: )

Staff of the Australian Hydrographic Service, Wollongong.

It's the beginning of a new era, with the new Navigation Act 2012 coming into effect yesterday.