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Rescue agencies foster friendship

Published on by LEUT Aaron Cochrane (author), LSCIS Wesley Botten (photographer)

HMAS Launceston hosted members from the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia and Surf Life Saving Northern Territory (SLSNT), while alongside at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin. 

From left: Mr Cameron Heathwood (RCC); Mr Dion Curtis, RANR (RCC), Mr Tony Snelling (CEO SLSNT); Mr Chris Duryea (RCC); Commanding Officer Attack Two, Lieutenant Commander Steven Noakes; Mr Sam Edwards (SLSNT); Lieutenant Aaron Cochrane. (photo: LSCIS Wesley Botten)

HMAS Launceston hosted members from the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) Australia and Surf Life Saving Northern Territory (SLSNT), while alongside at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin. From left: Mr Cameron Heathwood (RCC); Mr Dion Curtis, RANR (RCC), Mr Tony Snelling (CEO SLSNT); Mr Chris Duryea (RCC); Commanding Officer Attack Two, Lieutenant Commander Steven Noakes; Mr Sam Edwards (SLSNT); Lieutenant Aaron Cochrane.

Navy is regularly called upon to support search and rescue activities across Australia, and it is vital that all organisations involved understand each other's capabilities.

Arunta and Parramatta visit Melbourne

Published on by LEUT Alan Clarke (author), LEUT Edwin Goh (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Members of the HMAS Arunta Association stand with crew members of HMAS Arunta in front of HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta, Station Pier, Melbourne, Victoria. From left: Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Liam Bromley, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta, Lieutenant Commander Richard Petrie, Mr Wal Bennett, Mr Colin Folan and Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Arunta, Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Members of the HMAS Arunta Association stand with crew members of HMAS Arunta in front of HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta, Station Pier, Melbourne, Victoria. From left: Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Liam Bromley, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta, Lieutenant Commander Richard Petrie, Mr Wal Bennett, Mr Colin Folan and Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Arunta, Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley.

HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta visited Melbourne 17-20 October, coinciding with the centenary of the departure of convoys for the First World War from Port Phillip Bay.

HMAS Darwin receives 2014 Navy Safety Award for safe narcotics disposal system

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LCDR Chris Davidson (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN (centre), presents a Navy Safety Award to HMAS Darwin, received by Executive Officer HMAS Darwin Lieutenant Commander James Lawless (left) and Chief Petty Officer Anthony Walsh at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN (centre), presents a Navy Safety Award to HMAS Darwin, received by Executive Officer HMAS Darwin Lieutenant Commander James Lawless (left) and Chief Petty Officer Anthony Walsh at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett recently presented the 2014 Navy Safety Awards to 11 individuals and ships at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney. One of the top awards went to HMAS Darwin which found a way to safely dispose of the large quantities of seized illegal narcotics.

Clearance Diver capability on show

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABCSO Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Eden Bradshaw (left) and ABCD Rick Coote from Clearance Diving Team One take up defensive positions on the beach at HMAS Waterhen during a demonstration for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Eden Bradshaw (left) and ABCD Rick Coote from Clearance Diving Team One take up defensive positions on the beach at HMAS Waterhen during a demonstration for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

Clearance Divers demonstrated the discipline and precision required to serve in the Royal Australian Navy on 14 October in a display on Sydney Harbour for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT).

Tanker pumping with new life

Published on by LEUT Mark Taylor (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer)

HMAS Arunta and HMAS Sirius conduct a Replenishment At Sea in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area. 
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Arunta and HMAS Sirius conduct a Replenishment At Sea in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area.

HMAS Sirius is back out at sea doing what she does best, refuelling ships for the first time since February. After an extended period of maintenance, Sirius recently left Sydney bound for the East Australian Exercise Area (EAXA) with more than 12 million litres of fuel and sporting a fresh coat of paint.

HMAS Choules ready to 'Render Safe'

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay.

HMAS Choules has just completed major preparations in Jervis Bay south of Sydney to prepare the ship for deployment to Bougainville for Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Tempest fails to stop Romeo's entrance in Australia

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

The first MH-60R Romeo Seahawk being brought out of the back of a RAAF C-17 cargo aircraft. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

The first MH-60R Romeo Seahawk being brought out of the back of a RAAF C-17 cargo aircraft.

Torrential rain and gale force winds failed to stop the delivery of the Royal Australian Navy's first MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' naval combat helicopter to HMAS Albatross, Nowra on 14 October.

Australian-Philippine maritime security exercise a success

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Senior officers from the Philippines Navy and Army, and the country’s civil service, watch on as the guard fire 'volleys with blank cartridges' during a Ceremonial Sunset as part of an evening function on the quarterdeck of HMAS Larrakia to celebrate the successful conclusion of Exercise LUMBAS 2014. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Senior officers from the Philippines Navy and Army, and the country’s civil service, watch on as the guard fire 'volleys with blank cartridges' during a Ceremonial Sunset as part of an evening function on the quarterdeck of HMAS Larrakia to celebrate the successful conclusion of Exercise LUMBAS 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy and Philippine Navy military exercise, LUMBAS 2014, has drawn to a close, after two weeks of intensive training.

HMAS Diamantina completes successful training exercise with Timor-Leste

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Iain Hutchins (author), LSMED(U) Ben Catterall (photographer), LSCSOMW Todd Giles (photographer)

Members of HMAS Diamantina's Engineering Department with personnel from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) during the ship's port visit to Dili, Timor-Leste. (photo: LSMED(U) Ben Catterall)

Members of HMAS Diamantina's Engineering Department with personnel from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) during the ship's port visit to Dili, Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste's maritime defence capability has received a boost with the recent visit by HMAS Diamantina to Dili to help train members of the naval component of the Falantil-Forcas Defensa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL).

Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group visit Sydney

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy – Cruise Training Task Group sailed into Garden Island, Sydney on 6 October, for a four day port visit.