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Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA.

After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week.

Melbourne visits Devonport one last time

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Members from HMAS Melbourne work the lines on the flight deck as the ship comes alongside Devonport, Tasmania. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Members from HMAS Melbourne work the lines on the flight deck as the ship comes alongside Devonport, Tasmania.

Guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne and her 180-strong ship’s company have visited the Tasmanian port city of Devonport for one of the Australian warship’s final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year. 

HMAS Brisbane’s French connection

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABML-S Sittichai Sakonpoonpol (photographer), ABEW Cameron Paniagua (photographer), FNS Photographer (photographer)

FNS Vendemiaire's Boarding Team and HMAS Brisbane's Boarding Team on completion of a boarding exercise. (photo: ABEW Cameron Paniagua)

FNS Vendemiaire's Boarding Team and HMAS Brisbane's Boarding Team on completion of a boarding exercise.

HMAS Brisbane has used a long transit across the Pacific Ocean to rendezvous with the French Marine Nationale warship FNS Vendemiaire for joint training, meeting in the waters of Noumea, New Caledonia.

Submarine Force celebrates 20 years of women in submarines

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Former and current female submariners pose together in the junior sailor's cafe on board HMAS Sheean to celebrate the 20th anniversary of women in Australian submarines, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Former and current female submariners pose together in the junior sailor's cafe on board HMAS Sheean to celebrate the 20th anniversary of women in Australian submarines, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

In 1998, the Royal Australian Navy became the fourth Navy in the world to permit women to serve in submarines. Then in 1999, some of those women earned the prestigious ‘Dolphins’ qualification to become our Navy’s first fully-fledged submariners. 

New CrossFit room for Navy’s northern force

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Shore Force, CAPT Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN (third left), joins Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor (CPOPTI) Stuart Rowe (second left), Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Heard (left) and Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall (right) in opening the newly completed CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, in Darwin, NT.

Redevelopments at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin are placing the Navy base and the greater Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in which it resides at the top of Australia’s Defence Force bases for facilities and services.

Charting a course in foreign waters

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Senior Sergeant Antony Ihu (left) from the Vanuatu Police and the OIC of the Bridge Training Facility Lieutenant Commander Ian Manson at the School of Navigation Warfare, HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Senior Sergeant Antony Ihu (left) from the Vanuatu Police and the OIC of the Bridge Training Facility Lieutenant Commander Ian Manson at the School of Navigation Warfare, HMAS Watson, Sydney.

Australia’s enduring ties with the Pacific have seen Navy play a leading role in improving the way we operate with our near neighbours, both across the region and closer to home.

Missile firing the tip of the spear for Navy’s DDG capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

One of HMAS Hobart's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats being launched in Jervis Bay. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

One of HMAS Hobart's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats being launched in Jervis Bay.

HMAS Hobart’s successful missile firing might have marked the most spectacular capability upgrade for Navy’s destroyer fleet last week, but it was just one of several key improvements made to the RAN’s most advanced platforms.

Submarine Sheean home after busy deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

HMAS Sheean returns alongside to family and friends at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, after a four-month deployment. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Sheean returns alongside to family and friends at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, after a four-month deployment.

After departing from Fleet Base West in April, HMAS Sheean returned to her homeport to the delight of waiting families and friends - among those was Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Doug Theobald.

Hobart strikes in Australian first

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Hobart (III) conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE). (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Hobart (III) conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE).

HMAS Hobart (III) has become the first Hobart class Guided Missile Destroyer to fire a missile in Australian waters, firing an SM-2 Standard Missile in the East Australian Exercise Area against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales, achieving excellent results.

Guardian class Patrol Boat presented to Samoa

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

L-R: Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Peter Quinn; Samoan High Commissioner Her Excellency Ms Hinauri Petana; Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP; Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata'afa; and Austal Manager Ben Wardle, in front of Guardian class Patrol Boat Nafanua II. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Peter Quinn; Samoan High Commissioner Her Excellency Ms Hinauri Petana; Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP; Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata'afa; and Austal Manager Ben Wardle, in front of Guardian class Patrol Boat Nafanua II.

The fourth of 21 Guardian class patrol boats destined for the Pacific was officially handed over to Samoa on Friday at the Austal Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.