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Mine Warfare skills put to the test

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

Lieutenant Matthew Walker in HMAS Huon's operations room during a mine warfare serial for his final assessment of his Mine Warfare Officer Course. (photo: Leut Jessica O'Brien)

Lieutenant Matthew Walker in HMAS Huon's operations room during a mine warfare serial for his final assessment of his Mine Warfare Officer Course.

Mine Hunter Coastal, HMAS Huon, has recently put four mine warfare students through their paces in a series of challenging scenarios played out in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

Perth and Sirius conduct North West Shelf patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Rob Roscoe (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Perth conducts a patrol past an oil rig off the North West Shelf of the Australian coast. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

HMAS Perth conducts a patrol past an oil rig off the North West Shelf of the Australian coast.

On returning to Australia after a south-east Asian deployment, HMAS Perth joined HMAS Sirius to conduct a security patrol of Western Australia’s North West Shelf. 

HMAS Stirling welcomes USS Jacksonville

This article has photo gallery Published on by ENS Nicholas Lucania (author), Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

The United States Navy's Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) prepares to berth at Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia, on 25 June as part of its Western Pacific deployment. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

The United States Navy's Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) prepares to berth at Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia, on 25 June as part of its Western Pacific deployment.

Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) arrived at HMAS Stirling last week, for a port visit as a part of its Western Pacific deployment.

Working up HMAS Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Staff on the bridge of HMAS Canberra as the ship enters Townsville Harbour. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Staff on the bridge of HMAS Canberra as the ship enters Townsville Harbour.

The huge task of getting Australia’s biggest warship to being fully operational is well underway with the first of a series of intensive training and assessment periods complete, resulting in HMAS Canberra now being ready to undertake disaster relief and permissive non-combatant evacuation operations.

Perth runs the Gauntlet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Rob Roscoe (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Perth receives a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on deck as the first ever frigate to embark the aircraft operationally. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

HMAS Perth receives a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter on deck as the first ever frigate to embark the aircraft operationally.

Following the recent commissioning of 725 Squadron, training the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo, another important milestone was achieved recently with the first Romeo flight permanently embarking in an Australian warship.

Annual humanitarian assistance mission commences

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), TSGT Araceli Alarcon (photographer)

Australian Defence Force personnel gather onboard USNS Mercy to start the humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region. (photo: )

Australian Defence Force personnel gather onboard USNS Mercy to start the humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.

Twenty-four Australian Defence Force personnel have arrived in Bougainville onboard United States Navy Ship Mercy for Pacific Partnership 2015. 

Australia and Indonesia combine forces to tackle illegal fishing

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Mark Sorby (left), from Headquarters Northern Command gives a briefing to Lieutenant Colonel Dickry Rizanny (centre), Commanding Officer KRI Tombak, and Colonel Didik Kurniawan, Indonesian Naval Attaché, following the successful conclusion of the 2015 Australian-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Mark Sorby (left), from Headquarters Northern Command gives a briefing to Lieutenant Colonel Dickry Rizanny (centre), Commanding Officer KRI Tombak, and Colonel Didik Kurniawan, Indonesian Naval Attaché, following the successful conclusion of the 2015 Australian-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol.

Illegal fishing has been the focus of a combined Australian Defence Force and Indonesian Armed Forces operation, concluding in Darwin last week.

Sport on the menu during Indian Navy visit

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Austin (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Sailors from INS Satpura compete against members of HMAS Sirius in beach volleyball at HMAS Stirling. The sporting competition was a part of the Indian Navy visit to Fremantle, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Sailors from INS Satpura compete against members of HMAS Sirius in beach volleyball at HMAS Stirling. The sporting competition was a part of the Indian Navy visit to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Indian Navy Ships Satura and Kamorta recently conducted training and security patrols in the Indian Ocean and visited Fremantle in Western Australia for a short respite visit.

Explosive mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), CPL Max Bree (photographer), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

These radio controlled Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices have been created in response to Afghan National Defense and Security requirements to assist in protecting against the threat posed by radio-controlled IEDs. (photo: Lauren Larking)

These radio controlled Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices have been created in response to Afghan National Defense and Security requirements to assist in protecting against the threat posed by radio-controlled IEDs.

Hailing from Bellerive in Tasmania, Lieutenant Commander Alastair Walsh, is now lending his knowledge of explosives to Afghan security forces as they grapple with the threat of improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

HMAS Newcastle – One Ship, One Culture, One Family

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Vaughn Heath (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea.
From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea. From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.

As HMAS Newcastle patrolled the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU, the sound of the didgeridoo and singing from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ quartet rang out from the galley.