Topic: Guided Missile Frigate (FFG)

Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LEUT Harley Slatter (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's ceremonial guard, march from the ship during the decommissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: LEUT Harley Slatter)

HMAS Darwin's ceremonial guard, march from the ship during the decommissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney.

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, after more than three decades of service to the nation.

History and heraldry by design

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge.

With the Royal Australian Navy undergoing it’s biggest refresh since the Second World War, and a number of ships commissioning and decommissioning, it’s time to investigate ships’ badges.

 

Newcastle returns from Middle East mission

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), ABML-SC Craig Walton (photographer), Able Seaman Tara Byrne (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Monique Van Der Kolk disembarks HMAS Newcastle at Sydney's Garden Island after six months away in the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Monique Van Der Kolk disembarks HMAS Newcastle at Sydney's Garden Island after six months away in the Middle East Region.

HMAS Newcastle has returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, following a six month deployment to the Middle East region.

Darwin sails into Sydney Harbour for final time

Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), AB Tara Byrne (photographer)

HMAS Darwin flies her decommissioning pennant as she sails toward Fleet Base East for the final time as a commissioned ship. (photo: Able Seaman Tara Byrne)

HMAS Darwin flies her decommissioning pennant as she sails toward Fleet Base East for the final time as a commissioned ship.

Twelve former Commanding Officers have sailed onboard Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin today as she transited through Sydney Heads into her home port for the last time. 

 

Maritime medicine in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Holly Murphy (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Holly Murphy stands in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Holly Murphy stands in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle whilst on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.

With a ship’s company of 230, HMAS Newcastle’s small medical team of three health care professionals has been kept busy while recently deployed in the Middle East.

 

Newcastle in Sri Lanka

Published on by SBLT Eren Ulusoy (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Ship's Company of HMAS Newcastle donate cricket equipment during a  visit to Samata Sarana, a Catholic school and hostel for children in Colombo, Sri Lanka.   (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Ship's Company of HMAS Newcastle donate cricket equipment during a visit to Samata Sarana, a Catholic school and hostel for children in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The sun beamed on HMAS Newcastle’s crew as she berthed alongside the historic Port of Colombo on her way back from operations in the Middle East.

Australian warships exercise with Republic Of Korea

Published on by LCDR Scott Carter (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Melbourne leads the way during the exit from the port of Busan in the Republic of Korea to participate in Exercise Haedoli Wallaby 17.

Across late October and early November, Royal Australian Navy frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta visited the Republic of Korea for the biennial maritime anti-submarine warfare exercise HAEDOLI WALLABY.  

Command team in longest goodbye

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (author)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)  (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)

As HMAS Darwin heads towards being decommissioned in December, her Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, has the privilege of having served the longest time at the helm.
Commander Henry took command from Captain Terrence Morrison in June 2015 and will complete a two and half years in the top job.

Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABEW Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Thomas Whitworth shows members from USS Chaffe some off the equipment used by the RAN in boarding evolutions during a tri-lateral exercise with the Republic of Korea, held off the coast of Jeju, South Korea.

Royal Australian Navy frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju.

MK92 maintainers make their mark

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

The final Mk92 Fire Control System maintainer course embarked on HMAS Darwin. L to R POET David McCann, ABET Sam Chiswell, ABET Joe Battistello, ABET Michaela Manning, ABET Ben Marks, ABET Dean Markham, ABET Jade Eckhoff, ABET Paulo Eberhardt, ABET Chris Arnott, POET Michael Van Der Wel  (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

The final Mk92 Fire Control System maintainer course embarked on HMAS Darwin. L to R POET David McCann, ABET Sam Chiswell, ABET Joe Battistello, ABET Michaela Manning, ABET Ben Marks, ABET Dean Markham, ABET Jade Eckhoff, ABET Paulo Eberhardt, ABET Chris Arnott, POET Michael Van Der Wel

Prior to departing Fleet Base East for deployment, HMAS Darwin welcomed aboard trainee sailors destined to become the final generation of Mk92 Fire Control System maintainers for the Adelaide class frigates.