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Navy Divers excel at reconnaissance

Published on by SBLT Luke Deering (author and photographer)

Members of Reconnaissance Training Course from Australian Clearance Diving Team One at HMAS Waterhen. (L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matthew Filliponi, ABCD Ben Thomson, ABCD Dylan Hoskins, ABCD Shane Acorn and ABCD Michael Grindrod. (photo: SBLT Luke Deering)

Members of Reconnaissance Training Course from Australian Clearance Diving Team One at HMAS Waterhen. (L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matthew Filliponi, ABCD Ben Thomson, ABCD Dylan Hoskins, ABCD Shane Acorn and ABCD Michael Grindrod.

Navy divers have returned successfully to HMAS Waterhen, armed with new skills, and the ability to better integrate in the joint environment.

Canberra’s Mariner’s Skills Evaluation underway

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

HMAS Canberra's Navigator Lieutenant Commander Calvin Johnson takes a fix as the ship enters Jervis Bay. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Canberra's Navigator Lieutenant Commander Calvin Johnson takes a fix as the ship enters Jervis Bay.

Newly commissioned Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Canberra, has proven she has what it takes to conduct a safe boarding operations recently, with tough couple of days of assessment from Navy's Sea Training Group.

Anzac families thanked for their support

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Sam Gardam (age 6) is shown a fire fighting set-up by Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Rebekah Allen on the flight deck of HMAS Anzac during a family day off the coast of Sydney. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Sam Gardam (age 6) is shown a fire fighting set-up by Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Rebekah Allen on the flight deck of HMAS Anzac during a family day off the coast of Sydney.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac sailed in early December with almost 252 family and friends embarked for a family sea day - the ship’s way of saying thanks to those special to them for their support in 2014 and into 2015.

Not all optics in the west

Published on by WO William Mansfield (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Robert Hambridge uses the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) during the Optical Fibre System Element Group Workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Robert Hambridge uses the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) during the Optical Fibre System Element Group Workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West.

Optic fibre expertise is a growth industry in Navy, and no more so that at Fleet Support Unit - West.

Long line of duty for HMAS Huon

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABCIS Philippa Smith (photographer)

A shark is about to be freed from an illegal longline by Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked on HMAS Huon on November 25th 2014. (photo: ABCIS Philippa Smith)

A shark is about to be freed from an illegal longline by Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked on HMAS Huon on November 25th 2014.

Navy personnel have come to the rescue of sharks trapped in abandoned longlines recently, whilst on patrol east of Ashmore Island.

HMAS Bundaberg decommissioned

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns.

HMAS Bundaberg was decommissioned from Royal Australian Navy service at a small ceremony in HMAS Cairns on 18 December.

The weight of command changes as Anzac prepares for a busy 2015

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac Commander Matthew Doornbos passes the weight of command, signified by a casting of a WWI slouch hat, to new Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac Commander Matthew Doornbos passes the weight of command, signified by a casting of a WWI slouch hat, to new Commanding Officer Commander Belinda Wood.

After two years in a command that encompassed four Anzac class frigates, Commander Matthew Doornbos handed over command of HMAS Anzac to Commander Belinda Wood at a ceremony held alongside Sydney’s Fleet Base East last week.

Melbourne takes to the skies

Published on by ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), ABEW Anthony Bergman (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick marshals in a S-70B-2 Seahawk for a helicopter in-flight refuelling evolution. (photo: ABEW Anthony Bergman)

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick marshals in a S-70B-2 Seahawk for a helicopter in-flight refuelling evolution.

HMAS Melbourne ship's motto, 'vires aquirit eundo', translates as 'she gathers strength as she goes'. Commissioned on 15 February 1992, she is one of the Royal Australian Navy's four Adelaide class guided missile frigates and constantly continues to impress.

Fighting Tigers demonstrate war fighting prowess

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

A S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter carrying a torpedo, transits to the rendezvous point for a weapon trial. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

A S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter carrying a torpedo, transits to the rendezvous point for a weapon trial.

During the first week of December, 816 Squadron took part in the Fleet Experimentation Period. These important few days enabled the Fighting Tigers to push new capabilities and exercise the core war fighting focus of 816.

Labuan to Lakekamu

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Labuan, Lieutenant Christopher Cockerill, RAN, Secretary Papua New Guinea Department of Defence, Mr John Porti, Capability Manager Amphibious and Afloat Support Group, Captain Tony Rayner, RAN, Defence Adviser for Papua New Guinea, Colonel Joseph Fabila and Defence Advisor to Port Moresby, Colonel Richard Parker stand on the tank deck of HMAS Labuan. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer HMAS Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Labuan, Lieutenant Christopher Cockerill, RAN, Secretary Papua New Guinea Department of Defence, Mr John Porti, Capability Manager Amphibious and Afloat Support Group, Captain Tony Rayner, RAN, Defence Adviser for Papua New Guinea, Colonel Joseph Fabila and Defence Advisor to Port Moresby, Colonel Richard Parker stand on the tank deck of HMAS Labuan.

A ceremony was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 4 December to mark the commissioning of the Her Majesty Papua New Guinea Ship Lakekamu into service with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.