Topic: HMAS Darwin (F04)

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

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.

First Lady in Darwin for final visit

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (author)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017.

HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.

Darwin farewells namesake city

Published on by Department of Defence (author), WO2 Chris Houghton (photographer)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.  (photo: WO2 Chris Houghton)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.

HMAS Darwin has completed her final port visit to Darwin, farewelling the city by exercising the right to Freedom of Entry and showcasing her capability to thousands of locals.

Strengthening interoperability in Singapore

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Vehicles are loaded onto LHD Landing Craft from HMAS Adelaide (background) during Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response training with the Singapore Armed Forces in Changi Bay, Singapore, for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Vehicles are loaded onto LHD Landing Craft from HMAS Adelaide (background) during Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Response training with the Singapore Armed Forces in Changi Bay, Singapore, for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

HMAS Adelaide has visited Singapore to strengthen humanitarian assistance and disaster relief interoperability with the Singaporean Armed Forces.

Darwin welcomes warfighters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer)

Warfare Officers of the Philippine Navy pose for a photo in front of HMAS Darwin's Guided Missile Launcher with Midshipman Justin Csucsy. (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

Warfare Officers of the Philippine Navy pose for a photo in front of HMAS Darwin's Guided Missile Launcher with Midshipman Justin Csucsy.

With relationships strengthened, and warfare techniques discussed, shortly before departing Manila, HMAS Darwin rolled out the welcome mat for officers from the Philippine Navy.

Exercise enhances maritime security

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Joint Task Group 661.1, Captain Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, with participants from Exercise LUMBAS aboard HMAS Adelaide during their visit to the ship while alongside in Subic Bay, Philippines for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Joint Task Group 661.1, Captain Jonathan Earley, CSC, RAN, with participants from Exercise LUMBAS aboard HMAS Adelaide during their visit to the ship while alongside in Subic Bay, Philippines for Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

Exercise LUMBAS is an annual bi-lateral exercise between the Australia and the Philippines, and is being undertaken concurrently to the Royal Australian Navy’s visit to the region.