Section: Fleet

Channel 7 drops in on SEA LION 2013

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

A view of HMAS Choules from the flight deck during Exercise SEA LION 2013. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

A view of HMAS Choules from the flight deck during Exercise SEA LION 2013.

The ship’s company and embarked forces of HMAS Choules came under the media microscope recently as a camera crew from Channel 7 Brisbane came onboard for a couple of days to cover Exercise SEA LION 2013 (EX SL13).

HMAS Tobruk arrives in Wewak

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

VIPs at the opening ceremony for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (L-R) CMDR Leif Maxfield, CMDR Stewart Dunne, Air Commodore Ken Quinn, Colonel Walter Enuma, the Honourable Dr Sharman Stone MP, CAPT Bruce Greig, CMDR Bill Haggerson and Colonel Dick Parker. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

VIPs at the opening ceremony for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (L-R) CMDR Leif Maxfield, CMDR Stewart Dunne, Air Commodore Ken Quinn, Colonel Walter Enuma, the Honourable Dr Sharman Stone MP, CAPT Bruce Greig, CMDR Bill Haggerson and Colonel Dick Parker.

HMAS Tobruk has arrived in Wewak in the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea. Over 100 embarked personnel travelling with HMAS Tobruk are bringing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance to the township.

Channel 7 coverage of Exercise SEA LION

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In North Queensland HMAS Choules sets the scene during Exercise SEA LION 2013 - with HMAS Labuan, two LCM8s, Zodiacs, an MRH90 hovering over the flight deck and a P3 Orion flying by. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

In North Queensland HMAS Choules sets the scene during Exercise SEA LION 2013 - with HMAS Labuan, two LCM8s, Zodiacs, an MRH90 hovering over the flight deck and a P3 Orion flying by.

Exercise SEA LION Block II Amphibious Training will soon come to a close, with the exercise being hailed a success and a significant stepping stone in the development of Australia’s amphibious capability.

Unusual creature drops in for check up

Published on by LAC David Cotton (photographer)

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 in Wewak, Papua New Guinea, by his owner Erica.

Tri-nation naval exercise PACIFIC BOND kicks off

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (author)

JMSDF Murasame (left) and USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney (IV). (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

JMSDF Murasame (left) and USS Preble sail in company with HMAS Sydney (IV).

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. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi  )

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

Published on by LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

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. (L-R) LCDR Jonathon Bannister (Royal Navy, currently serving with RAN aboard HMAS Sydney), Ensign Koya Yotsuikari, Lieutenant Junior Grade Tao Masahiro, Ensign Natsuki Kawasaki (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force) and PO Combat Systems Supervisor Douglas Hamilton (RAN). (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. (L-R) LCDR Jonathon Bannister (Royal Navy, currently serving with RAN aboard HMAS Sydney), Ensign Koya Yotsuikari, Lieutenant Junior Grade Tao Masahiro, Ensign Natsuki Kawasaki (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force) and PO Combat Systems Supervisor Douglas Hamilton (RAN).

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 (IV) is taking part in Exercise NICHI GOU 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)

HMAS Sydney (IV) passes alongside USS Preble following a manoeuvring exercise.  (photo: US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

HMAS Sydney (IV) passes alongside USS Preble following a manoeuvring exercise.

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 22 to 26 June 2013.