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Exercise KAKADU kicks off in Northern Territory

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Partnerships matter - Exercise KAKADU 2018 has been launched in typically Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony on board HMAS Canberra in Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

Partnerships matter - Exercise KAKADU 2018 has been launched in typically Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony on board HMAS Canberra in Darwin.

Exercise KAKADU has commenced in Australian style with an indigenous smoking ceremony onboard the Royal Australian Navy flagship HMAS Canberra.

HMAS Sirius prepares for Exercise KAKADU with USS Michael Murphy

Published on by LEUT Peter Gilkinson (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

HMAS Sirius, with lines connected to USS Michael Murphy, passes F76 fuel during a Replenishment at Sea on the way to Australia’s top end for Exercise KAKADU. (photo: Department of Defence)

HMAS Sirius, with lines connected to USS Michael Murphy, passes F76 fuel during a Replenishment at Sea on the way to Australia’s top end for Exercise KAKADU.

HMAS Sirius achieved an important milestone recently when she successfully completed Replenishment at Sea (RAS) number 576 by supplying fuel to Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Michael Murphy during her transit to Exercise KAKADU 2018.

Sailors benefit from industry secondments

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Mr James McPherson (author), Ms Kerrie Moore (author), Wildbear TV (videographer)

RAN members, hosted by industry partner Thales, participating in the Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program at Fleet Base East. (photo: )

RAN members, hosted by industry partner Thales, participating in the Navy FSU Technical Mastery Secondment Program at Fleet Base East.

Navy’s Fleet Support Unit regularly outplaces members with a variety of Defence industry partners to share skills and experience.

WA-based ships depart for deployments

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Family and friends farewell loved ones as HMAS Stuart departs Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Family and friends farewell loved ones as HMAS Stuart departs Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

There were banners, tears and hugs on Diamantina Wharf at Fleet Base West on August 22 as HMA Ships Sirius and Stuart headed off on deployment.

Toowoomba techos put training into practice

Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), SBLT Patrick Czakilew (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) Ross Kennedy, Able  Seaman (AB) MT Bradley Chambers, ABMT Corey Bunyan, ABMT Cade Wilks and Seaman MT Ashleigh Pennie repaired the damaged engine over the course of four days whilst HMAS Toowoomba participated in Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018. (photo: Sub Lieutenant Patrick Czakilew)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) Ross Kennedy, Able Seaman (AB) MT Bradley Chambers, ABMT Corey Bunyan, ABMT Cade Wilks and Seaman MT Ashleigh Pennie repaired the damaged engine over the course of four days whilst HMAS Toowoomba participated in Indo Pacific Endeavour 2018.

Marine technicians and support staff posted to HMAS Toowoomba have rallied together to conduct a complex repair while the ship was overseas on deployment.

Home sweet home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Dallas Gray (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Family and friends greet HMAS Success as she returns to her homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney, after a five-month deployment through South East Asia and the Pacific. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Family and friends greet HMAS Success as she returns to her homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney, after a five-month deployment through South East Asia and the Pacific.

HMAS Success returned to Fleet Base East on August 24 after a five month deployment to South East Asia and the Pacific, in support of Indo Pacific Endeavour and Exercise RIMPAC 18.

HMAS Sheean returns from deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

HMAS Sheean berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

HMAS Sheean berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

After departing Fleet Base West at the end of May, Collins Class submarine, HMAS Sheean, has made a welcome return to friends and families who lined the wharf on August 14.

HMAS Cerberus changes command in style

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), Mr Gary Swanton (photographer), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) HMAS Cerberus, Captain Tim Standen, CSC, RAN on a farewell lap of HMAS Cerberus in a classic 1962 Ford Galaxie. (photo: Mr Gary Swanton)

Outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) HMAS Cerberus, Captain Tim Standen, CSC, RAN on a farewell lap of HMAS Cerberus in a classic 1962 Ford Galaxie.

Captain Tim Standen has handed over command of HMAS Cerberus to Captain Michael Oborn during a Clear Lower Deck with the ship’s company.

Ex-HMAS Darwin to become a Tasmanian dive wreck

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Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) Systems Program Office Director, Captain Jason Sears, RAN, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Senators for Tasmania, Steve Martin and Jonathon Duniam, at Fleet Base East, after Tasmania was announced as the recipient of the former Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin, for the purpose of creating an artificial reef and dive wreck. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) Systems Program Office Director, Captain Jason Sears, RAN, Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Senators for Tasmania, Steve Martin and Jonathon Duniam, at Fleet Base East, after Tasmania was announced as the recipient of the former Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin, for the purpose of creating an artificial reef and dive wreck.

After long and distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy, the decommissioned Adelaide class frigate, ex-HMAS Darwin, will receive a new lease on life as a dive wreck in the waters off Tasmania, enabling the ship’s rich history to continue for future generations.

War on barnacles

Published on by Ms Alison Caldwell (author), Unknown (photographer)

Dr Andrew Scardino examines antifouling coatings for improved efficiency of Navy vessels. (photo: Defence Science and Technology)

Dr Andrew Scardino examines antifouling coatings for improved efficiency of Navy vessels.

The term underwater warfare conjures images of submarines launching torpedoes as destroyers drop deadly depth charges. But there’s another intractable and silent battle being waged beneath the waves. While not as potentially lethal for ships and crews, the attacks are relentless and costly – both for the Navy and for Australia’s marine environment.