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The launch of a new era in ADF diving training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN (left) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Nick McMaster and Commandant Headquarters 6 Combat Support Brigade, Brigadier Marcus Thompson, AM cut a cake to mark the official opening of the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN (left) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Nick McMaster and Commandant Headquarters 6 Combat Support Brigade, Brigadier Marcus Thompson, AM cut a cake to mark the official opening of the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin.

A new era in consolidated Navy and Army diving training has been marked by the official opening of the Australian Defence Force Diving School (ADF Diving School).

New home for Fleet Air Arm Headquarters

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, cuts the ribbon across the main entrance to the new headquarters building for the Fleet Air Arm, marking its offical opening.  (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, cuts the ribbon across the main entrance to the new headquarters building for the Fleet Air Arm, marking its offical opening.

For the first time in the 70-year history of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, headquarters staff will be based in a purpose-designed building.

Warramunga’s Hawaiian change of command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Morgan Rush (author), CPO Andy Border (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga, Commander Andrew Wills, MVO, RAN, hands over command of the ship to Commander Dugald Clelland, RAN, during the ships visit to Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Warramunga, Commander Andrew Wills, MVO, RAN, hands over command of the ship to Commander Dugald Clelland, RAN, during the ships visit to Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

HMAS Warramunga has a new Commanding Officer, with Commander Dugald Clelland assuming the role from Commander Andrew Willis at a ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, this month.

Being resilient a key focus for Navy members

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madelaine Woolmer in the forward main engine room onboard HMAS Canberra.  (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madelaine Woolmer in the forward main engine room onboard HMAS Canberra.

High tempo deployments can be difficult at times, but HMAS Canberra's Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer is among a growing number of sailors who has found a new source of inspiration to improve their resilience.

Operation Render Safe helps bring safety to the Solomon Islands

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Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (left) and Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction. (photo: )

Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (left) and Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction.

The dangers posed by explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands will again be tackled with the commencement of Operation RENDER SAFE 16 over the weekend.

First search and rescue for MH-60R

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Adam Cooper (author), LEUT Richard Morris (photographer)

HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night. (photo: LEUT Richard Morris)

HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night.

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. 

Perth takes Romeo operational

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSEW Luke Newport (photographer)

(L-R) Petty Officer Aircrew Chris Hodgkinson, Lieutenant John Flynn, Lieutenant Ben Thomson and Leading Seaman Aircrew Liam Carruthers in front of the MH-60R helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

(L-R) Petty Officer Aircrew Chris Hodgkinson, Lieutenant John Flynn, Lieutenant Ben Thomson and Leading Seaman Aircrew Liam Carruthers in front of the MH-60R helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth, currently conducting security operations in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU, is equipped with the Royal Australian Navy’s newest and most capable pieces of technology. 
 

Perth on task in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Perth prepare to take over patrol from HMAS Darwin in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

HMAS Perth prepare to take over patrol from HMAS Darwin in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Perth has notched up more-than 10,000 nautical miles since leaving Australia on 7 June, and Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, said his crew has now settled in to their Middle East deployment.

Seeing the world through operational tasking

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Seaman Bridget Hopkins (left) and Able Seaman Freya Dodd, are on their first operational deployment at sea aboard HMAS Perth. (photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Seaman Bridget Hopkins (left) and Able Seaman Freya Dodd, are on their first operational deployment at sea aboard HMAS Perth.

Half of HMAS Perth's crew are on their first Middle East mission, two of those are Seaman Boatswains Mate Bridget Hopkins and Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Freya Dodd, who have quickly adapted to their roles on operations at sea.
 

Unexpected audience for the Last Post

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author)

Warrant Officer Phil Robertson with his wife Angela and Olympian Catherine Skinner at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Phil Robertson with his wife Angela and Olympian Catherine Skinner at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

Almost every evening of the year a member of the Australian Defence Force dons their ceremonial attire in Canberra and honours one of the 102,000 Australians who have given their life in war and other operations.