Section: Fleet

Unusual Creature Drops in for Check Up

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Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair.

The veterinary team deployed for Pacific Partnership 2013 has treated a most unusual patient.

Far from the farm stock and pets they were expecting, the team were presented with a native cus cus, a striking orange bush possum.

Named Mangitungs, the cus cus was brought in to a full day community health fair by his owner Erica.

Tri-Nation Naval Exercise Pacific Bond Kicks Off

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author)

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. (photo: LS 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.

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – The Royal Australian Navy has joined forces with the United States Navy (USN) and Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to participate in a tri-lateral exercise, Pacific bond 2013, June 22-26.

Pacific Bond is a multi-national naval exercise designed to advance participating nations’ military-to-military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in an advanced warfare environment.

Medical staff onboard HMAS Choules honing their skills during Exercise Sea Lion 2013

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Medics treat a "patient" during a casualty exercise onboard HMAS Choules as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2013.

Medical staff onboard HMAS Choules have been honing their skills in a number of areas during Exercise Sea Lion 2013.

HMAS Perth works hard in the East Australian Exercise Area for a Unit Readiness Evaluation

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The Officer of the Watch onboard HMAS Perth keeps a watchful eye as HMAS Melbourne comes astern in preparation for a Tow Exercise in the East Australian Exercise Area, Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard   )

The Officer of the Watch onboard HMAS Perth keeps a watchful eye as HMAS Melbourne comes astern in preparation for a Tow Exercise in the East Australian Exercise Area, Jervis Bay.

HMAS Perth is a little way from her home port of Fleet Base West as she works hard in the East Australian Exercise Area, near Jervis Bay to prepare for a Unit Readiness Evaluation where she will be tested on Warfare, Seamanship, Emergency Procedures and much more in preparation for a busy six months of exercises.

HMAS Sydney and JDS Murasame exercise off Tokyo Bay, Japan

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Personnel from three navies work together in the operations room of HMAS Sydney to establish tactical systems interoperability between HMAS Sydney and the Japanese Maritime Defence Force destroyer JMSDF Murasame.

From left to right: Lieutenant Commande (photo: Leading Seaman Peter Thompson)

Personnel from three navies work together in the operations room of HMAS Sydney to establish tactical systems interoperability between HMAS Sydney and the Japanese Maritime Defence Force destroyer JMSDF Murasame. From left to right: Lieutenant Commande

As part of its embed with the United States Navy’s 7th Fleet George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the Australian guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney is taking part in Exercise Nichi Go Trident, a bilateral exercise between the Royal Australian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force that occurs on an opportunity basis.

Choules’ galley crew up to the task

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Ship's Company and embarked forces enjoy morning tea onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Ship's Company and embarked forces enjoy morning tea onboard HMAS Choules.

The chefs onboard HMAS Choules have been busier than usual lately as the ship’s company and embarked forces are put through their paces in a major amphibious exercise off the coast of far north Queensland.

Australian warship to take part in Exercise Pacific Bond 2013

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author), Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly (photographer)

guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) passes alongside the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) following a maneuvering exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released) (photo: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) passes alongside the Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) following a maneuvering exercise. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

Naval personnel and units from Australia, Japan and the United States are enroute to participate in a tri-lateral maritime exercise, Pacific Bond 2013, that is due to take place from 22nd to 26th June, 2013.

Amphibious Task Force to rehearse evacuation

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Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Tarakan comes alongside HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi  )

Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Tarakan comes alongside HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013.

Exercise Sea Lion 2013 has entered a critical phase with the go ahead being given for the Amphibious Task Force to rehearse evacuation of Australian citizens and foreign nationals from the troubled Tropicana Enclave.

Getting 'Romeo Ready': RAN aircrew achieve MH60-R training milestone

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NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, Front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew. (photo: Unknown)

NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, Front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew.

The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo ready’ after NUSQN725 aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.

Tobruk sailing with new CO

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Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield.

Commander Leif Maxfield has assumed command of HMAS Tobruk, relieving Commander Tim Watson while the ship stopped over in Townsville on 7 June 2013.