Topic: Training

A winner if you’re still grinning

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author), Tamara Jones (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Nigel Rowan, of the Australian Defence College in Canberra, participating in the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May. (photo: Tamara Jones)

Lieutenant Commander Nigel Rowan, of the Australian Defence College in Canberra, participating in the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May.

Navy members of the Australian Defence Force team set fast times during the Ironman Australia Triathlon at Port Macquarie on 7 May.

Darwin waves the flag in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), Paul Redding (photographer)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart. (photo: Paul Redding)

From left, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Harriet Anne Shepperd, Ships Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, and Midshipman Bonnie Galbraith on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin at Macquarie Wharf, Hobart.

After farewelling Brisbane recently, HMAS Darwin headed to Hobart last month – her penultimate port of call on her final visit to all coastal capital cities.

Aussies take on the Armada

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Owen Snell (author)

Royal Australian Navy and Spanish Armada Special Sea Dutymen close up on the flight deck of ESPS Cristóbal Colón for entry into Sydney Harbour following exercises at sea. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy and Spanish Armada Special Sea Dutymen close up on the flight deck of ESPS Cristóbal Colón for entry into Sydney Harbour following exercises at sea.

Three months have passed since the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristóbal Colón sailed in to Australian waters and sailors from both navies have wasted no time in forming new friendships and maximising learning opportunities.

Warfare officers graduate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Principle Warfare Officer Course 53 graduating class photo at HMAS Watson.

It was a red-letter day at HMAS Watson on 2 May, with one half of the first married couple to graduate from the same Principal Warfare Officers Course also being awarded overall dux. 

Ballarat helps build regional Shield

Published on by LEUT Patrick Scott (author), CAPT Jesse Robilliard (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat in formation, with warships from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand during Exercise Bersama Shield 2017. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat in formation, with warships from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand during Exercise Bersama Shield 2017.

HMAS Ballarat has played a key role in the recent Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD, as part of her South East Asia deployment.

Fleet Electronic Warfare trainees graduate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Electronic Warfare Graduation 347 held at HMAS Watson. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Electronic Warfare Graduation 347 held at HMAS Watson.

The first electronic warfare course combining submarine and surface fleet trainees graduated from the home of Navy’s warfare training on Sydney Harbour’s south head, HMAS Watson on 5 May.

Regional defence ties strengthened

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABATV Douglas Couper (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), CPL Steve Duncan (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat in formation with warships from Malaysia and New Zealand during a Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 17. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat in formation with warships from Malaysia and New Zealand during a Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 17.

Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have completed Five Power Defence Arrangements exercise in international waters, off the coast of Malaysia as part of the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia.

Defence funding in the Budget

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart undertakes acceptance sea trials off the coast of South Australia to undertake testing of combat, communications and additional platform systems. (photo: Russell Millard)

First Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart undertakes acceptance sea trials off the coast of South Australia to undertake testing of combat, communications and additional platform systems.

For those of you wondering how Defence fared in the Budget, here’s a wrap of the proposed funding.

Tanks ‘sea ride’ on Choules

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew McDonald (author), CAPT (Army) Hugh Johnston (author)

An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank embarked on HMAS Choules. (photo: Unknown)

An M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank embarked on HMAS Choules.

HMAS Choules added a new capability to the Australian Defence Force’s arsenal when they safely loaded and recovered Army’s heaviest vehicles onto the ship recently.

Team Anzac tops up fleet training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Robert Gould (author), ABCSO(U) Tara Byrne (photographer)

A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flying at sunset during trials with HMAS Anzac. (photo: ABCSO(U) TARA BYRNE)

A Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter flying at sunset during trials with HMAS Anzac.

HMAS Anzac sailed from Fleet Base East, Sydney, in April with a handful of additional Marine Technical sailors and Aviation personnel embarked.