Topic: Mine Countermeasures

Minehunters overcome rough seas and long distance to join Republic of Korea exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Alexandra Rayner (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of HMAS Huon Ship’s Company mix with officers and sailors from the Republic of Korea Navy while participating in Multi-National Navy Mine Warfare Exercise 2018 (MNMIWEX) in the Republic of Korea. (photo: Unknown)

Members of HMAS Huon Ship’s Company mix with officers and sailors from the Republic of Korea Navy while participating in Multi-National Navy Mine Warfare Exercise 2018 (MNMIWEX) in the Republic of Korea.

After the longest transit ever completed by Australian Minehunters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have contributed to Multi-National Navy Mine Warfare Exercise 2018 (MNMIWEX) in the Republic of Korea.

Regional Mine Warfare teams unite to secure regional trade

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

RAN Clearance Divers bring a patient ashore during a medevac training exercise as part of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise (MCM DIVEX). The event, involving 18 nations, is being held at HMAS Creswell from 7-18 May. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

RAN Clearance Divers bring a patient ashore during a medevac training exercise as part of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise (MCM DIVEX). The event, involving 18 nations, is being held at HMAS Creswell from 7-18 May.

The risk posed by sea mines is a key focus at this year’s Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise (MCM DIVEX), hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the New South Wales south coast.

 

Multinational task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

This article has photo gallery Published on by By Andrew Bonallack (author), Royal New Zealand Navy (photographer)

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. (photo: Unknown)

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him.

Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.

Mine hunters conduct advance force operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mitchell Hosking (author), ABCIS Albert Majtenyi (photographer)

Crew members from HMAS Huon and 723 Squadron practice personnel transfers during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER. (photo: ABCIS Albert Majtenyi)

Crew members from HMAS Huon and 723 Squadron practice personnel transfers during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.

HMAS Huon has tested a critical piece of mine countermeasures equipment and practiced helicopter operations as part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.

Diving into partnership provides an edge

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Clearance Divers and support staff from both Australian Clearance Diving Team Four and the United States Explosives Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five outside the Team's building. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Clearance Divers and support staff from both Australian Clearance Diving Team Four and the United States Explosives Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five outside the Team's building.

A United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit journeyed to Perth in Western Australia recently, to train with Australian Clearance Divers, building relationships and exchanging ideas.

Mine warfare hub sees smoke

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR David Hellier (author)

LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits. (photo: Unknown)

LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits.

HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a 'sleepy hollow across the Harbour' by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.

Darwin’s submarine - 75 years on

Published on by Dr Tom Lewis (author)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami). (photo: Unknown)

I-124 on the surface with her aerials up and men clustered on the conning tower for the photograph (Lewis Collection via Atsuko Kishigami).

Outside Darwin’s harbour, a Japanese submarine still lies with her 80-man crew on board.

Navy personnel participate in international mine exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy personnel in front of  Royal Navy ship RFA Cardigan Bay prior to embarking her on Exercise International Mine Counter Counter Measure Exercise  2016 (IMCMEX 2016) from the Port of Muscat in Oman. (photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington)

Royal Australian Navy personnel in front of Royal Navy ship RFA Cardigan Bay prior to embarking her on Exercise International Mine Counter Counter Measure Exercise 2016 (IMCMEX 2016) from the Port of Muscat in Oman.

For the first time, Australia has lead a task force as part of an international mine countermeasure exercise, with a team of 10 Royal Australian Navy personnel joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Cardigan Bay, in Oman.