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NUSQN 725 successfully launches first MK-54 torpedo

Published on by CMDR Dave Frost (author), LEUT Jakob Kapelj (photographer)

A MH-60R 'Romeo' Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725, loaded with a MK-54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida, USA. (photo: LEUT Jakob Kapelj)

A MH-60R 'Romeo' Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725, loaded with a MK-54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida, USA.

In only seven months of operating the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725 has achieved successful MK-54 torpedo firings during the current deployment to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC).

Plenty of air time for helicopter fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, prepares to board the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Commander Australian Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, prepares to board the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

The Fleet Air Arm has notched up 10,399 hours of air time during the 2013-2014 financial year, the highest number of flying hours since 1991.

808 first birthday

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Commanding Officer 808 Squadron Commander Adrian Capner and the youngest member of the Squadron, Able Seaman Bradley Hickey, cut the 808 Squadron's first birthday cake during the squadron's birthday celebrations. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Commanding Officer 808 Squadron Commander Adrian Capner and the youngest member of the Squadron, Able Seaman Bradley Hickey, cut the 808 Squadron's first birthday cake during the squadron's birthday celebrations.

On 11 July 2013 808 Squadron and the MRH-90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter were inducted into the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm with the words: “The commissioning of 808 Squadron is a significant milestone for the Navy as we formally welcome into service a new generation maritime support helicopter that not only replaces the retired Sea Kings, but delivers new capabilities and a capacity to meet emerging requirements in the future.”

Navy Cadets explore life in the Navy with HMAS Brunei

Published on by LEUT Brenton-James Glover (author), LEUT Des Paroz (author), PONPC Nathan Darvill (photographer), LSBM Jason Westcott (photographer)

Crews of both HMAS Brunei and TS Norfolk after the day's activities. (photo: LSBM Jason Westcott)

Crews of both HMAS Brunei and TS Norfolk after the day's activities.

Adventure and fun are cornerstones of the Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), so it was fitting that 45 members and seven staff from the ANC’s Training Ship Norfolk recently visited Cairns and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Brunei.

The ANZAC spirit lives on the long road to Gallipoli

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Crew of HMAS Ballarat watch as HMAS Anzac prepares to come alongside Fleet Base West after undergoing an upgrade at Henderson Naval Base in Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Crew of HMAS Ballarat watch as HMAS Anzac prepares to come alongside Fleet Base West after undergoing an upgrade at Henderson Naval Base in Western Australia.

The lead Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Anzac is commencing the harbour acceptance trials phase of her Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade and has achieved a significant milestone along her journey of returning to sea - returning to HMAS Stirling.

NUSQN 725 sharpens warfare skills

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author)

Four Royal Australian Navy crews from NUSQN 725 completed the intensive Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) alongside their US Navy counterparts in Florida, USA. 
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Four Royal Australian Navy crews from NUSQN 725 completed the intensive Helicopter Advanced Readiness Program (HARP) alongside their US Navy counterparts in Florida, USA.

Aircrew from NUSQN 725 continue to build warfare skills in the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter, taking full advantage of their US based operations and deploying to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) in order to complete weapon firings and complex warfare training events.

Commander Shore Force heads west

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (author)

Commander Shore Force, Captain Brett Chandler, RAN, conducts a discussion with Senior Sailors and an Officer of Fleet Support Unit - West during his visit to HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Commander Shore Force, Captain Brett Chandler, RAN, conducts a discussion with Senior Sailors and an Officer of Fleet Support Unit - West during his visit to HMAS Stirling, WA.

Commander Shore Force (COMSHORE) Captain Brett Chandler spent a few days visiting the HMAS Stirling units under his command recently.

Defend the Flag and United We Stand

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

The crew of HMAS Ballarat receive their new ball-caps and patches as they prepare to take up their new post on HMAS Anzac after it arrived alongside Fleet Base West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

The crew of HMAS Ballarat receive their new ball-caps and patches as they prepare to take up their new post on HMAS Anzac after it arrived alongside Fleet Base West.

Moving offices in the civilian world is a little less complicated and spectacular than the Royal Australian Navy way as was displayed last week at Fleet Base West.

Upgrades provide significant benefits

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Junior and Senior Sailors sorting through returned stores in the new Returns Area at the Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines warehouse at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Junior and Senior Sailors sorting through returned stores in the new Returns Area at the Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines warehouse at HMAS Stirling, WA.

It has been evolution rather than revolution at Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines over the past year as ongoing upgrades to facilities and an update of procedures at the Fleet Base West warehouse facility significantly increased efficiencies.

NUSHIP Canberra people master Mass Evacuation System training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Members of Sea Training Group, Lieutenant Commander John Moores, RAN, left, and Warrant Officer Simon Allanson prepare to go down the evacuation slide at BAE system's Maritime Landing Helicopter Dock Training Centre in Sydney, NSW. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Members of Sea Training Group, Lieutenant Commander John Moores, RAN, left, and Warrant Officer Simon Allanson prepare to go down the evacuation slide at BAE system's Maritime Landing Helicopter Dock Training Centre in Sydney, NSW.

NUSHIP Canberra can carry more than 1400 personnel, but how would they all leave the ship in the case of an emergency? Ten Canberra personnel found the answer when they attended Mass Evacuation System training.