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Romeo’s first flight

Published on by Minister for Defence Materiel the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP (author), Woodstock Studio Photography Services Stuart Walls (photographer)

Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft, complete with RAN kangaroo roundel aircraft markings, conducts its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA. (photo: Stuart Walls)

Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo aircraft, complete with RAN kangaroo roundel aircraft markings, conducts its initial test flight at Sikorsky's production facility in Stratford, Connecticut, USA.

Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the first of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters has successfully completed its first test flight.

Aussie ship commands Surface Action Group in Exercise PACIFIC BOND

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Japanese Maritime Defence Force Murasame Class destroyer JMSDF Murasame (left) and US Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney (IV) as the three warships participate in officer of the watch manoeuvres in the Pacific Ocean. (photo: Leading Seaman Peter Thompson )

Japanese Maritime Defence Force Murasame Class destroyer JMSDF Murasame (left) and US Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney (IV) as the three warships participate in officer of the watch manoeuvres in the Pacific Ocean.

The Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney took command of a Surface Action Group during tri-lateral naval exercises in the Western Pacific Ocean off the Marianas Island chain on June 24, 2013.

ESPS Cantabria returns to sea

Published on by Lt (ESPN) Indalecio Núñez (photographer)

Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability. (photo: Lt (ESPN) Indalecio Núñez)

Members of ESPS Cantabria conduct programmed maintenance while alongside Garden Island in Sydney. Cantabria has been successfully operating as part of the Royal Australian Fleet since February. Her deployment is augmenting RAN capability.

After an intense period of training and programmed maintenance alongside Garden Island, Sydney, the Spanish Combat Supply Ship ESPS Cantabria has returned to sea to carry out individual and collective training in the East Australian Exercise Area.

DMO and ASC executives overnight on HMAS Sheean

Published on by CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

DMO General Manager—Submarines, Mr David Gould (left) and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum (right) in the control room of HMAS Sheean with Marine Engineering Officer, LCDR Lindsay Gordon, RAN. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

DMO General Manager—Submarines, Mr David Gould (left) and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum (right) in the control room of HMAS Sheean with Marine Engineering Officer, LCDR Lindsay Gordon, RAN.

Defence Material Organisation General Manager—Submarines, Mr David Gould and Chief Executive Officer ASC, Mr Steve Ludlum participated in an overnight sea ride on HMAS Sheean over 24/25 June 2013.

Birdies put on light show for Newcastle’s crew

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter has lit up the evening sky in the Middle East Area of Operations, while firing its complement of missile counter-measure flares above the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle tackles smuggling in the Red Sea

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.

Divers remove obstruction to keep HMAS Newcastle on patrol

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s Dive Team has earned a ‘Bravo Zulu’ from the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF633) while in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), for conducting a complex underwater evolution to remove an obstruction from the Ship’s main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle participates in Counter Terrorism Operation

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.


 (photo: LSEW Melissa Girling)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Newcastle is participating in a focused operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea as part of the international campaign against terrorism.

Australian Clearance Divers clean up unexploded ordnance in the Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR David Ince (author), POMTO Chris Weissenborn (photographer)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal. (photo: POMTO Chris Weissenborn)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal.

Between 19 June and 5 July 2013, Australian Clearance Divers from the MCD Group, a part of an International Joint task Group headed up by the New Zealand Navy, were on the ground and in the waters around New Georgia to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

HMAS Newcastle Replenishes at Sea in the Gulf of Aden

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company has battled through 35°C heat and 97% humidity to complete multiple replenishment operations with the United States Naval Service ship USNS Patuxent in the Gulf of Aden, in the Middle East Area of Operations.