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International forces join together in Hobart for Exercise DUGONG 15

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Divers from the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Team 2 conduct tests on their diving gear in the shallow water off Hobart, Tasmania, during Exercise DUGONG 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Divers from the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Team 2 conduct tests on their diving gear in the shallow water off Hobart, Tasmania, during Exercise DUGONG 2015.

With the magnificent backdrop of Mount Wellington and working in the deep, cool waters off Hobart, personnel from Australia, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Canada and observers from India and Sweden, began Exercise DUGONG 15 on 5 October.

Defence Minister visits HMAS Canberra

Published on by FLGOFF Jessica Aldred (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

HMAS Canberra's Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach explains procedures in Flying Control to Minister for Defence, The Hon. Marise Payne and Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Canberra's Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach explains procedures in Flying Control to Minister for Defence, The Hon. Marise Payne and Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

New Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne made her first official visit to a Defence unit on 25 September, embarking in HMAS Canberra in Far North Queensland.

Innovation reaps rewards for Stirling and the fleet

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by CMDR Nick Watson (author), LEUT Todd Austin (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Armoury personnel outside the HMAS Stirling Gunnery Department which they have worked to re-energise as part of Chief of Navy's Plan Pelorus Campaign.  (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Armoury personnel outside the HMAS Stirling Gunnery Department which they have worked to re-energise as part of Chief of Navy's Plan Pelorus Campaign.

HMAS Stirling is leading the charge with innovative ideas and techniques to help motivate the workforce and provide better support to the fleet.

Cross-decking during AUSINDEX 15

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Darryl Wagstaff (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer), LEUT Arthur Jagiello (photographer), LSML-SO Joshua Matthews (photographer)

Lieutenant Aravird Bhat stands on the bridge wing of HMAS Sirius as INS Shivalik approaches for a practice replenishment. Lieutenant Bhat was embarked in HMAS Sirius as a liaision officer during AUSINDEX 15.  (photo: LEUT Jake Leonard)

Lieutenant Aravird Bhat stands on the bridge wing of HMAS Sirius as INS Shivalik approaches for a practice replenishment. Lieutenant Bhat was embarked in HMAS Sirius as a liaision officer during AUSINDEX 15.

The inaugural maritime exercise between Australia and India, AUSINDEX15, recently held off India, provided an exciting opportunity for a select few to sample life in the others' Navy.

Medicos train for CASEVAC in Sea Series

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLGOFF Jessica Aldred (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

The ship's medical emergency team together with medics and staff from the Maritime Operational Health Unit move a casualty into a bed in the medical centre onboard HMAS Canberra during an aero-medical evacuation exercise as part of Sea Series 2015. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

The ship's medical emergency team together with medics and staff from the Maritime Operational Health Unit move a casualty into a bed in the medical centre onboard HMAS Canberra during an aero-medical evacuation exercise as part of Sea Series 2015.

Medical care is critical when the Australian Defence Force goes on operations so it is vital to ensure personnel are ready and able to act as needed. 

Exercise JOINT STRIKE brings services closer

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

HMAS Stuart fires the Mark 45 Mod II five-inch gun towards a target at Beecroft Weapons Range, New South Wales, during Exercise JOINT STRIKE. (photo: CPL David Cotton)

HMAS Stuart fires the Mark 45 Mod II five-inch gun towards a target at Beecroft Weapons Range, New South Wales, during Exercise JOINT STRIKE.

All three branches of the Australian Defence Force showed each other what they were made of during Exercise JOINT STRIKE held at Beecroft Weapons Range, Jervis Bay from 31 August to 4 September.

Policing foreign fishing in Australian waters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS James Whittle (photographer), ABCIS Bree-ann Garner (photographer)

HMAS Launceston enters HMAS Coonawarra basin after a successful interception of a Foreign Fishing Vessel in Australian waters. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Launceston enters HMAS Coonawarra basin after a successful interception of a Foreign Fishing Vessel in Australian waters.

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Royal Australian Navy recently conducted a joint operation - Operation GRAB III - to target foreign fishing in Australian waters.

Warm hugs on operations

Published on by CAPT Fiona Bickerstaff (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), POET Olivia Usback (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.
 (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.

Every deployment has its certainties - the absence from family and friends and long hours seven days a week are guaranteed. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers there is now another certainty for Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment - a quilt or laundry bag from Aussie Hero Quilts.

HMAS Melbourne intercepts 427kg heroin haul

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Seized illegal narcotics are seen on HMAS Melbourne's flight deck prior to disposal. About 427 kilograms of heroin was confiscated from a dhow smuggling the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean. 

 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Seized illegal narcotics are seen on HMAS Melbourne's flight deck prior to disposal. About 427 kilograms of heroin was confiscated from a dhow smuggling the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Melbourne’s crew has seized 427 kilograms of heroin hidden in a fishing dhow carrying the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean.

Huon returns from deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author and photographer), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

HMAS Huon's crew pass lines as she comes alongside HMAS Waterhen after a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

HMAS Huon's crew pass lines as she comes alongside HMAS Waterhen after a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation.

After deploying in July to conduct border protection operations in Australia’s northern waters, HMAS Huon returned home to HMAS Waterhen on 2 October.