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Indigenous names for Navy ships from the first

Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMA Ships Parramatta (I) & Yarra (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: Unknown. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.)

HMA Ships Parramatta (I) & Yarra (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

The Royal Australian Navy has is a long history of naming assets with Indigenous names of Aboriginal origin. When the British Admiralty suggested that the first three Torpedo boat destroyers built for the Commonwealth Naval Forces in 1909 be named after Australian rivers, the Prime Minister Alfred Deakin agreed.

Minister visits Australia’s two new Landing Helicopter Dock ships

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

LHD Project Director Marcos Alfonso; Captain Craig Bourke, DMO; Defence Minister Senator the Hon David Johnston;  and Director of Maritime for BAE Systems Bill Saltzer with NUSHIP Canberra at Williamstown, Vic. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

LHD Project Director Marcos Alfonso; Captain Craig Bourke, DMO; Defence Minister Senator the Hon David Johnston; and Director of Maritime for BAE Systems Bill Saltzer with NUSHIP Canberra at Williamstown, Vic.

Defence Minister David Johnston visited the Williamstown dockyard where Australia’s two Landing Helicopter Dock ships are being completed and was briefed on progress of the project in the lead up to the commissioning of the first LHD, NUSHIP Canberra.

HMAS Launceston in the right place, at the right time

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Stock Image: HMAS Launceston makes an approach to HMAS Benalla for a light line transfer off the coast of Cairns during the Minor War Vessel Concentration Period. (photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin)

Stock Image: HMAS Launceston makes an approach to HMAS Benalla for a light line transfer off the coast of Cairns during the Minor War Vessel Concentration Period.

Three recreational fishermen are grateful for the crew of HMAS Launceston who came to their aid off the Northern Territory coast this month.

Ocean Shield crew commended for top job

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Captain Anthony Rayner with the crew of ADV Ocean Shield after presenting the civilian crew with a Commander Australian Fleet group commendation. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Captain Anthony Rayner with the crew of ADV Ocean Shield after presenting the civilian crew with a Commander Australian Fleet group commendation.

The civilian crew of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield yesterday received a Commander Australian Fleet commendation for their professional excellence, dedication and esprit-de-corps during their recent service to the Royal Australian Navy.

First World War wreck AE2 recorded and preserved in the Sea of Marmara

Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), Defence Science and Technology Organisation (photographer)

Starboard ballast pump suction and discharge pressure gauges of AE2.  (photo: DSTO)

Starboard ballast pump suction and discharge pressure gauges of AE2.

More than 99 years after it was scuttled in the First World War, a project to record, preserve and tell the story of the wreck of Australian submarine AE2, laying at the bottom of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara, is underway.

New night vision capability for HMAS Newcastle

Published on by LCDR Jodie Wilkinson (author and photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Stock Image: HMAS Newcastle, takes part in Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres with HMAS Parramatta.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Stock Image: HMAS Newcastle, takes part in Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres with HMAS Parramatta.

HMAS Newcastle is the first Adelaide Class Frigate and the second Royal Australian Navy ship to be fitted with new equipment specifically designed to interface with the night vision equipment worn by crews of Navy helicopters.

Navy shares skills in Vietnam

Published on by MAJ Michael Brooke (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Craig Blackburn (left) demonstrates resuscitation procedures to doctors and nurses at Da Nang General Hospital in Vietnam.  (photo: MAJ Michael Brooke)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Craig Blackburn (left) demonstrates resuscitation procedures to doctors and nurses at Da Nang General Hospital in Vietnam.

Two Navy Medical Officers had their communications prowess tested recently, when they provided training for more than 300 medical practitioners in Vietnam as a part of PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2014.

Ulladulla’s peace monitor in Egypt

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

File image: Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Rob Hardwick establishes headquarters at Honiara for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Ordnance Disposal mission in Solomon Islands.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

File image: Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Rob Hardwick establishes headquarters at Honiara for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Ordnance Disposal mission in Solomon Islands.

Ulladulla’s Rob Hardwick is no fish out of water as a sailor in the Sinai desert, where his role as a peace-monitor has made him the toast of his local community.

HMAS Darwin completes Middle East region deployment

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), LSA Stephen McGreal (photographer)

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship's company as part of their medal presentation. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship's company as part of their medal presentation.

HMAS Darwin has completed a highly successful maritime security deployment to the Middle East and is now heading home to Sydney.

Specialist Health Group - Kandahar Airfield

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author and photographer)

Australian Specialist Health Group personnel (from left) Wing Commander Andrew Rosengarten, Wing Commander Bruce Paix, Squadron Leader Michael Rudd, Captain Timothy Hughes, Lieutenant Jen Evans and Flying Officer Louise Cole. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Australian Specialist Health Group personnel (from left) Wing Commander Andrew Rosengarten, Wing Commander Bruce Paix, Squadron Leader Michael Rudd, Captain Timothy Hughes, Lieutenant Jen Evans and Flying Officer Louise Cole.

Seven Australian specialist medical officers at the forefront of their chosen fields are continuing Australia’s contribution to the International Secuirity Assistance Force (ISAF) Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.