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HMAS Arunta welcomes new Commanding Officer

Published on by LEUT Alan Clarke (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander David Tietzel presents incoming Commanding Officer, Commander David Landon with the ship's 'weight' - a painting gifted to HMAS Arunta (I) by indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira, during the CO Handover Ceremony. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander David Tietzel presents incoming Commanding Officer, Commander David Landon with the ship's 'weight' - a painting gifted to HMAS Arunta (I) by indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira, during the CO Handover Ceremony.

After a challenging year bringing HMAS Arunta out of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade and a deployment around Australia including participating as lead ship in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, Arunta’s Commanding Officer, Commander David Tietzel handed over command of the ship to Commander David Landon in a ceremony on the flight deck.

Meteor storm lights up the Fleet

Published on by LEUT Andrew Sutton (author), Unknown (photographer)

Project METEOR instructor Petty Officer Luke Boyle (right) assists HMAS Parramatta's Seaman Marine Technician Adam Jones in the machinery spaces. (photo: Unknown)

Project METEOR instructor Petty Officer Luke Boyle (right) assists HMAS Parramatta's Seaman Marine Technician Adam Jones in the machinery spaces.

Over an intensive two week sea assessment period in October, seven Marine Technician sailors achieved their Marine Systems Controller qualifications in HMAS Parramatta as part of the Project METEOR pilot event.

Welcome home for new dad!

Published on by LEUT Mark Taylor (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

The crew of HMAS Sirius line the deck as the ship prepares to come alongside at Fleet Base West following a six month deployment. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

The crew of HMAS Sirius line the deck as the ship prepares to come alongside at Fleet Base West following a six month deployment.

Rain did not deter friends and families who waited patiently at Fleet Base West to welcome home HMAS Sirius recently following a busy seven month deployment.

Warfare students are put through their paces

Published on by LEUT Dale Axford (author), SMNEW Emily-Kate Simmons (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Simone Paterson makes preparations to conduct a live anti-aircraft gunnery firing onboard HMAS Sydney as a part of the Principle Warfare Officer's course.  (photo: Seaman Electronic Warfare Emily-)

Lieutenant Commander Simone Paterson makes preparations to conduct a live anti-aircraft gunnery firing onboard HMAS Sydney as a part of the Principle Warfare Officer's course.

HMA Ships Sydney, Parramatta and Stuart sailed from Fleet Base East on 24 November with the next generation of warfare officers and sailors embarked.

HMAS Parramatta’s Aviation Odyssey - Putting the 'H' into FFH

Published on by LCDR Alaric O'Neill (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

816 Squadron Sea Hawk during a helicopter in flight refuelling with HMAS Parramatta while at sea. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

816 Squadron Sea Hawk during a helicopter in flight refuelling with HMAS Parramatta while at sea.

Taipans, Budgies, Pumas, Larks, Seahawks and Squirrels may sound like they belong in a menagerie, but are in fact types of combat and surveillance helicopters that call HMAS Parramatta home when at sea.

A new Commanding Officer for HMAS Choules

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABCSO Nicholas Juner (photographer)

Commander Ashley Papp hands over the weight of HMAS Choules to Commander Chris Aulmann in Brisbane, Queensland. (photo: ABCSO Nicholas Juner)

Commander Ashley Papp hands over the weight of HMAS Choules to Commander Chris Aulmann in Brisbane, Queensland.

On 15 November, a bright sunny day in Brisbane, Commander Ashley Papp relinquished command of HMAS Choules, handing the weight to Commander Chris Aulmann. The handover of the 'weight' symbolises the transfer of the responsibility of command.

Navy's Birdies mark another milestone

Published on by ABAVN Robert Brook (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra.

On November 26, the first two Navy aircraft landed aboard what was then NUSHIP Canberra, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney in the build up to the ship’s commissioning.

Major Navy sustainment and maintenance program reaches conclusion

Published on by Ms Kerrie Moore (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents a parting gift to Mr Paul Rizzo after the final Rizzo Reform Implementation Committee meeting held in Canberra.  
 (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents a parting gift to Mr Paul Rizzo after the final Rizzo Reform Implementation Committee meeting held in Canberra.

One of Navy's most comprehensive implementation programs aimed at improving ships' seaworthiness and fleet sustainability and preparedness has been completed.

Christmas on duty a Success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment.

Christmas on operational duty might not sound like much fun, but on a Navy ship - there are plenty of ways to make the festive season memorable.

Navy Divers lend expertise during Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by SBLT Luke Deering (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Two World War II era aircraft bombs, secured onto a Royal Australian Navy Barge, await transport to a deep sea disposal site off the coast of Bougainville, during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Two World War II era aircraft bombs, secured onto a Royal Australian Navy Barge, await transport to a deep sea disposal site off the coast of Bougainville, during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Navy divers have lent their expertise to Operation RENDER SAFE this year forming an integral part of the tri-service Amphibious Task Group that were responding to the dangerous legacy of unexploded ordinance located in Torokina, Bougainville Island.