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First Lady of the Fleet celebrates

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Darwin's ship's company celebrate the ship's 33rd birthday by forming the number 33 on the flight deck, while at sea.

As the activities of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 17 started to draw to a conclusion in July, the crew of HMAS Darwin, took the chance of a brief time out to celebrate the final seagoing birthday of the Fleet veteran.

Simulation training for tomorrow

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Lieutenant Chris Standon instructs Midshipman Harrion Rees in the bridge simulator at HMAS Watson.  (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Lieutenant Chris Standon instructs Midshipman Harrion Rees in the bridge simulator at HMAS Watson.

The Bridge Training Faculty at HMAS Watson, on the south head of Sydney Harbour, has used simulation systems to deliver effective training to sailors and officers throughout Navy for years but recently the ability to increase training throughput with simulation has been given a boost. 

Future focus for Waterhen

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), CMDR Nick Watson (photographer)

HMAS Waterhen with a large variety of assets alongside, including MATV and Cape Inscription.   (photo: CMDR Nick Watxon)

HMAS Waterhen with a large variety of assets alongside, including MATV and Cape Inscription.

More than three decades ago the continued service of Sydney base, HMAS Waterhen was confirmed as a key component to Navy’s future requirements, and she’s certainly paid back dividends since – but what’s next?

Information Warfare Force established

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, AM, CSC and Bar, RAN, and Commander Information Warfare Force, Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, (centre) with personnel that are now part of the Information Warfare Force at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, AM, CSC and Bar, RAN, and Commander Information Warfare Force, Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, (centre) with personnel that are now part of the Information Warfare Force at HMAS Kuttabul.

An important step in delivering Navy’s future warfare effects was achieved in Sydney on 1 July with the establishment of a specific organisation to focus on information warfare.

Adelaide air operations on track

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Lucito Irlandez (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Aircraft Director Leading Seaman Aviation Support Charanpreet Anand controls a hot refuel of a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, while a MRH90 Taipan helicopter of 808 Squadron conducts concurrent deck landings aboard HMAS Adelaide, in the East Australian Exercise Area off the coast of NSW. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Aircraft Director Leading Seaman Aviation Support Charanpreet Anand controls a hot refuel of a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron, while a MRH90 Taipan helicopter of 808 Squadron conducts concurrent deck landings aboard HMAS Adelaide, in the East Australian Exercise Area off the coast of NSW.

Following a period of maintenance, HMAS Adelaide sailed from Sydney’s Fleet Base East in July for trials with over 50 technical staff embarked to verify and validate the work undertaken during her dry dock.

Paradise not lost on patrol boats

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Dignitaries from the Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australian navies at the Openening Ceremony for Exercise PARADISE, an annual activity designed to improve regional security to the north of Australia and interoperability between the PNG and Australian navies.  (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Dignitaries from the Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australian navies at the Openening Ceremony for Exercise PARADISE, an annual activity designed to improve regional security to the north of Australia and interoperability between the PNG and Australian navies.

One of the largest bilateral maritime exercises between Australia and Papua New Guinea is underway off Darwin, reinforcing the strong ties between the navies of the maritime nations.

Training increase no challenge for innovative team

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

West Head Gunnery Range OIC Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jeremy Tadros share their views on innovation for a Divisional presentation focusing on Navy Signature
Behaviours. (photo: Unknown)

West Head Gunnery Range OIC Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jeremy Tadros share their views on innovation for a Divisional presentation focusing on Navy Signature Behaviours.

Navy personnel at the West Head Gunnery School in Victoria have been praised for their innovation to resolve an issue that could have arisen as the Royal Australian Navy’s shipbuilding program gathers pace.

Darwin team: the changing face of Navy

Published on by SBLT James Tew (author), ABEW Ryan Taylor (photographer)

(From left) Sub Lieutenant's Teiah McKee and Kylea Jones with Lieutenant Claire McIntosh on the forecaslte of HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABEW RYAN TAYLOR)

(From left) Sub Lieutenant's Teiah McKee and Kylea Jones with Lieutenant Claire McIntosh on the forecaslte of HMAS Darwin.

Not only is HMAS Darwin the first lady of the fleet, the female-led bridge team is a demonstration of the changing face of Navy.

Pipe dream now a reality

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

A member of the United States Navy puts the Rapid Response Clamp to the test. (photo: Unknown)

A member of the United States Navy puts the Rapid Response Clamp to the test.

A simple-to-use clamp, designed by the Defence Science and Technology Group in conjunction with Navy, provides one of the fastest methods available for the rapid repair of high pressure pipes.

Carving history in her honour

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Paul McCallum (author and photographer)

Sculptor Richard Yates works on the Battle Honour Board for HMAS Hobart, at his workshop in Chewton, Victoria. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)

Sculptor Richard Yates works on the Battle Honour Board for HMAS Hobart, at his workshop in Chewton, Victoria.

In a small country town, an hour from Melbourne, American-born sculptor Richard Yates is making his mark on the Australian Navy’s new fleet of destroyers, hand carving the battle honour boards for the future HMA Ships HobartBrisbane and Sydney.