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HMAS Sydney benefits from an ‘age’ of experience

Published on by LCDR Jeremy Richardson (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

The 'Magnificent Seven' on 02 Deck of HMAS Sydney during Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2014. L-R: Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Scott Christie, Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems Roger Dalby, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Kerry Ross, Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Matthew Hurley, Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Tony Burchill, Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Ron Palmer, and Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Dave Biddle. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

The 'Magnificent Seven' on 02 Deck of HMAS Sydney during Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2014. L-R: Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Scott Christie, Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems Roger Dalby, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Kerry Ross, Warrant Officer Clearance Diver Matthew Hurley, Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Tony Burchill, Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Ron Palmer, and Chief Petty Officer Coxswain Dave Biddle.

It is a mark of pride that one of the Royal Australian Navy’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, HMAS Sydney, hosts a veritable age of experience in her ranks with a magnificent seven of her own.

HMAS Parramatta visits Noumea ahead of Operation SOLANIA patrol

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

HMAS Parramatta prepares to berth in Noumea, New Caledonia, during a port visit as part of Operation Solania. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Parramatta prepares to berth in Noumea, New Caledonia, during a port visit as part of Operation Solania.

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta visited Noumea, New Caledonia between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 June before commencing a patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA.

HMAS Parramatta departs for the South Pacific

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Crew from HMAS Parramatta line up on the flight deck as the ship departs Sydney Harbour for Operation SOLANIA. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Crew from HMAS Parramatta line up on the flight deck as the ship departs Sydney Harbour for Operation SOLANIA.

The Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Parramatta departed Sydney this week on a three week deployment to the South Pacific, as part of Australia’s Operation SOLANIA.

Bringing the search for MH370 to the world

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOIS David Connolly (author and photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist David Connolly captures vision of HMAS Toowoomba as it moves into station on HMAS Success' port side as the two ships prepare for a Replenishment at Sea during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist David Connolly captures vision of HMAS Toowoomba as it moves into station on HMAS Success' port side as the two ships prepare for a Replenishment at Sea during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.

With the world watching and eagerly waiting for any information regarding missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, it was the Royal Australian Navy’s Imagery Specialists and Public Relations Officers who became the maritime storytellers.

Defence team removes potential hazard in Kiribati

Published on by MAJ Cameron Jamieson (author), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Clearance Divers from the Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Team 1 and members of the Republic of Kiribati Maritime Police head out to the site of a suspect object. (photo: SGT Hamish Paterson)

Clearance Divers from the Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Team 1 and members of the Republic of Kiribati Maritime Police head out to the site of a suspect object.

Royal Australian Navy clearance divers have successfully disposed of a suspect object in Betio Lagoon off South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati.

Navy Divers on mission to dispose of suspected WWII sea mine in Kiribati

Published on by Australian Defence Force (author), The Dive Centre Pty Ltd Fiji (photographer)

A suspected Explosive Remnant of War was discovered near the main wharf in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. (photo: The Dive Centre Pty Ltd Fiji)

A suspected Explosive Remnant of War was discovered near the main wharf in Betio Lagoon, South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati.

A team of Australian Defence Force personnel has headed to the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati to dispose of a suspected World War II sea mine.

Air Commodore tastes life at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Boarding Party Officer, Lieutenant Joshua Maher, RAN (R) and Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath, RAN (L) show Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Commodore Noel Derwort, CSC, ADC, equipment utilised by HMAS Darwin's boarding party when conducting boarding operations. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Boarding Party Officer, Lieutenant Joshua Maher, RAN (R) and Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath, RAN (L) show Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Commodore Noel Derwort, CSC, ADC, equipment utilised by HMAS Darwin's boarding party when conducting boarding operations.

AIR Commodore Noel Derwort has tested his sea legs for the first time since taking over as Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The sun sets on Chief of Navy’s time in command

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), LCDR Ian Lumsden (video editing)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN enjoys his last sunset at sea onboard HMAS Arunta in the West Australian Exercise Area.  (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN enjoys his last sunset at sea onboard HMAS Arunta in the West Australian Exercise Area.

Chief of Navy (CN) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN has gone to sea for the last time as Chief of Navy onboard HMAS Arunta, just as the ship has achieved a significant milestone with the completion of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade Programme.

Navy Cadets leader recognised with commendation

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Executive Officer of HMAS Albatross, Commander Gary Holgate, presents Lieutenant John Huisman with a Commendation during a visit to Training Ship Shoalhaven.  (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Executive Officer of HMAS Albatross, Commander Gary Holgate, presents Lieutenant John Huisman with a Commendation during a visit to Training Ship Shoalhaven.

Commanding Officer of Training Ship Shoalhaven, Lieutenant John Huisman has received a commendation for 16 years of work mentoring hundreds of Australian Navy Cadets.

Family's war hero visits HMAS Cairns

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author and photographer)

WW2 veteran Victor Glann and son Mark tour HMAS Cairns base. (photo: ABHSO Kate Jolley)

WW2 veteran Victor Glann and son Mark tour HMAS Cairns base.

The term ‘war hero’ ignites a special place in the hearts of most Australians. The idea that so many men and women we never knew risked their lives to protect our country and way of life stirs feelings of patriotism and pride.