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HMAS Darwin receives 2014 Navy Safety Award for safe narcotics disposal system

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LCDR Chris Davidson (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN (centre), presents a Navy Safety Award to HMAS Darwin, received by Executive Officer HMAS Darwin Lieutenant Commander James Lawless (left) and Chief Petty Officer Anthony Walsh at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN (centre), presents a Navy Safety Award to HMAS Darwin, received by Executive Officer HMAS Darwin Lieutenant Commander James Lawless (left) and Chief Petty Officer Anthony Walsh at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett recently presented the 2014 Navy Safety Awards to 11 individuals and ships at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney. One of the top awards went to HMAS Darwin which found a way to safely dispose of the large quantities of seized illegal narcotics.

Clearance Diver capability on show

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABCSO Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Eden Bradshaw (left) and ABCD Rick Coote from Clearance Diving Team One take up defensive positions on the beach at HMAS Waterhen during a demonstration for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Eden Bradshaw (left) and ABCD Rick Coote from Clearance Diving Team One take up defensive positions on the beach at HMAS Waterhen during a demonstration for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

Clearance Divers demonstrated the discipline and precision required to serve in the Royal Australian Navy on 14 October in a display on Sydney Harbour for the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT).

Tanker pumping with new life

Published on by LEUT Mark Taylor (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer)

HMAS Arunta and HMAS Sirius conduct a Replenishment At Sea in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area. 
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Arunta and HMAS Sirius conduct a Replenishment At Sea in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area.

HMAS Sirius is back out at sea doing what she does best, refuelling ships for the first time since February. After an extended period of maintenance, Sirius recently left Sydney bound for the East Australian Exercise Area (EAXA) with more than 12 million litres of fuel and sporting a fresh coat of paint.

HMAS Choules ready to 'Render Safe'

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay.

HMAS Choules has just completed major preparations in Jervis Bay south of Sydney to prepare the ship for deployment to Bougainville for Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Tempest fails to stop Romeo's entrance in Australia

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

The first MH-60R Romeo Seahawk being brought out of the back of a RAAF C-17 cargo aircraft. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

The first MH-60R Romeo Seahawk being brought out of the back of a RAAF C-17 cargo aircraft.

Torrential rain and gale force winds failed to stop the delivery of the Royal Australian Navy's first MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' naval combat helicopter to HMAS Albatross, Nowra on 14 October.

Australian-Philippine maritime security exercise a success

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Senior officers from the Philippines Navy and Army, and the country’s civil service, watch on as the guard fire 'volleys with blank cartridges' during a Ceremonial Sunset as part of an evening function on the quarterdeck of HMAS Larrakia to celebrate the successful conclusion of Exercise LUMBAS 2014. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Senior officers from the Philippines Navy and Army, and the country’s civil service, watch on as the guard fire 'volleys with blank cartridges' during a Ceremonial Sunset as part of an evening function on the quarterdeck of HMAS Larrakia to celebrate the successful conclusion of Exercise LUMBAS 2014.

The Royal Australian Navy and Philippine Navy military exercise, LUMBAS 2014, has drawn to a close, after two weeks of intensive training.

HMAS Diamantina completes successful training exercise with Timor-Leste

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Iain Hutchins (author), LSMED(U) Ben Catterall (photographer), LSCSOMW Todd Giles (photographer)

Members of HMAS Diamantina's Engineering Department with personnel from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) during the ship's port visit to Dili, Timor-Leste. (photo: LSMED(U) Ben Catterall)

Members of HMAS Diamantina's Engineering Department with personnel from the Naval Component of the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) during the ship's port visit to Dili, Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste's maritime defence capability has received a boost with the recent visit by HMAS Diamantina to Dili to help train members of the naval component of the Falantil-Forcas Defensa Timor-Leste (F-FDTL).

Republic of Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group visit Sydney

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

HMAS Arunta (right) escorts Republic of Korea Ships, Choe Yeong (left) and Cheonji (back) through Sydney Heads as they prepare for a three day port visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy – Cruise Training Task Group sailed into Garden Island, Sydney on 6 October, for a four day port visit.

Rankin returns home

Published on by CMDR Neil Carson (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Rankin comes alongside Fleet Base West to waiting family members and fellow submariners after conducting a Full Cycle Docking activity in Adelaide, South Australia. This marks a milestone as Rankin now returns to full Operational Capability. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

HMAS Rankin comes alongside Fleet Base West to waiting family members and fellow submariners after conducting a Full Cycle Docking activity in Adelaide, South Australia. This marks a milestone as Rankin now returns to full Operational Capability.

Families and friends of HMAS Rankin welcomed the submarine home to Fleet Base West, south of Perth on 1 October.

Australia and Singapore complete joint exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), WO Tim Badger (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Marita Sellick, on the bridge of HMAS Stuart, shows the ship's Electronic Chart Display System (ECDIS) to Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of Exercise SINGAROO 2014.  (photo: WO Tim Badger)

Sub Lieutenant Marita Sellick, on the bridge of HMAS Stuart, shows the ship's Electronic Chart Display System (ECDIS) to Captain Kevin Goh and Lieutenant Keef Lin of the Republic of Singapore Navy as part of Exercise SINGAROO 2014.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Stuart, joined the Republic of Singapore frigate, RSS Tenacious, in waters off Singapore for a four-day maritime exercise in the first week of October.