Topic: Guided Missile Frigate (FFG)

HMAS Melbourne conducts Passage Exercise with People’s Liberation Army-Navy

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Ship’s companies of both Melbourne and Xianning on the upper decks of both ships farewell each other in traditional naval fashion before parting ways at sea. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Ship’s companies of both Melbourne and Xianning on the upper decks of both ships farewell each other in traditional naval fashion before parting ways at sea.

HMAS Melbourne has completed a visit to the Chinese port of Zhanjiang and conducted a combined passage exercise with the PLA-N Ship, Xianning.

Cultural exchanges as Aussies and Japanese cross deck

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), WO Jason McGraw (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle (06) and Japanese Ship JS Sazanami (113) transit the Whitsunday Passage enroute to Sydney. (photo: WO Jason McGraw)

HMAS Newcastle (06) and Japanese Ship JS Sazanami (113) transit the Whitsunday Passage enroute to Sydney.

Royal Australian Navy sailors have tasted life at sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as personnel from both services temporarily swapped places after Exercise Kakadu.

Family reunion on Thursday Island for Newcastle sailors

Published on by SBLT Shafiqah Shariffali (author), Courtesy ABBM Jack Nona (photographer)

AB Thomas Ketchell (in uniform second from left), and AB Jack Nona with their families at Thursday Island. (photo: Courtesy ABBM Jack Nona)

AB Thomas Ketchell (in uniform second from left), and AB Jack Nona with their families at Thursday Island.

The morning of Monday 29 August was an experience to remember for three of HMAS Newcastle’s junior sailors.

Kakadu Task Groups form up

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT James McPherson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle leads Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship Huangshan, and Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Valiant and RSS Vigour, during officer of the watch manoeuvres as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

HMAS Newcastle leads Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy ship Huangshan, and Republic of Singapore Navy ships RSS Valiant and RSS Vigour, during officer of the watch manoeuvres as part of Exercise Kakadu 2018.

The sea phase of Exercise Kakadu has shifted up a gear, with coalition ships beginning a series of challenging and complex manoeuvres off the coast of the Northern Territory.

Ex-HMAS Darwin to become a Tasmanian dive wreck

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

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.

Experienced Sailors prepare ship for disposal

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

A wealth of Navy experience working with the Ex-HMAS Darwin Disposal team, L-R, CPOs Wayne Fredericks, Kerry Ross, Dennis Skewes and Steven Searle. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

A wealth of Navy experience working with the Ex-HMAS Darwin Disposal team, L-R, CPOs Wayne Fredericks, Kerry Ross, Dennis Skewes and Steven Searle.

When a ship is decommissioned it isn’t as simple as the crew walking away. Experienced staff support the disposal process and remove as much usable and valuable equipment from the ship that can be utilised again across the fleet and defence.

Novocastrians welcomed home in HMAS Newcastle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Fiona Southwood (author and photographer)

Seven Novocastrian members of HMAS Newcastle during a port visit to her namesake city. (photo: LCDR Fiona Southwood)

Seven Novocastrian members of HMAS Newcastle during a port visit to her namesake city.

The boom of a seven-gun salute was a welcoming sound for the ship’s company of HMAS Newcastle as she returned to her namesake city for a port visit.

 

US Army up close with Melbourne

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Soldiers from the US Army's 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment visit HMAS Melbourne in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during Exercise RIMPAC 2018. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Soldiers from the US Army's 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment visit HMAS Melbourne in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

International engagement during Exercise RIMPAC started early for HMAS Melbourne as the ship welcomed aboard 20 soldiers from the US Army in Hawaii.

'It's a game changer' - Navy members excited by Future Frigate force

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett with members of NUSHIP Brisbane at the Future Frigate announcement in Adelaide, South Australia. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett with members of NUSHIP Brisbane at the Future Frigate announcement in Adelaide, South Australia.

Navy people are taking in the news on Friday that UK firm BAE Systems has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the largest peacetime naval shipping construction project in Australia’s history.

Hunter class commission new era for Navy’s future force

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN; Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP; and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne, MP, at the announcement of nine Hunter Class Future Frigates in Adelaide, SA. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN; Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP; and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne, MP, at the announcement of nine Hunter Class Future Frigates in Adelaide, SA.

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s.