Section: Fleet

The power and the passion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

The Royal Australian Navy band in the practise hall in Waterloo, Sydney.

It’s one of the oldest military bands in the country; they’ve performed to hundreds of thousands of people around the nation and throughout the world.  But who are the faces behind the melodies and what does it take to be a member of the Royal Australian Navy Band?

Minehunters life extends

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West. (photo: Department of Defence)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West.

The Australian Government has granted first pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon class minehunter coastal vessels.

Wollongong reaffirms friendships

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong.

For the first time, the crew of HMAS Wollongong have issued a challenge in their namesake city, to exercise the rights of Freedom of Entry.

Kia Ora Wellington

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author), ABML-P Matthew Kiss (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo. (photo: ABML-P Matthew Kiss)

Able Seaman Maritime Logisitcs - Personnel Matthew Kiss and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jay Stevenson at the Cheetah Encounter located at Wellington Zoo.

The ship’s company of HMAS Success took some time to enjoy a couple of days rest and recuperation in Wellington, New Zealand recently, reaffirming ties with their Kiwi friends.

Success flexes mariner skills

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Vaoafi Hart (author), ABCSO Belinda Porter (photographer), LSA Dean Kinna (photographer)

HMAS Success during a Consolidation Replenishment at Sea with HMNZS Endeavour. (photo: LSA Dean Kinna)

HMAS Success during a Consolidation Replenishment at Sea with HMNZS Endeavour.

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million litres of fuel.

Most proficient embarked flight takes trophy

Published on by POA Eamonn O'Brien (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle.

One of the Australian Navy’s newest aviation teams took out the honours for the coveted Collins Trophy recently with the 2016 ‘most proficient’ embarked helicopter flight going to some of those flying and maintaining the Seahawk Romeo.

Take note – Navy trial underway

Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

Members of HMAS Canberra's ship's company using the new Navy notebooks. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Members of HMAS Canberra's ship's company using the new Navy notebooks.

Navy’s sailors and officers have a new and improved war-fighting tool in the form of the humble pocket notebook with important information at the fingertips, saving time and effort.

Busy Ballarat returns home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Patrick Scott (author), LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Family and friends of the crew of HMAS Ballarat wave to their loved ones as the ship pulls alongside to her home port of Fleet Base West, Western Australia, at the completion of a four month South East Asia deployment.

HMAS Ballarat has sailed into her home port of Fleet Base West in Rockingham, Western Australia, to a large gathering of family and friends after completing a three month deployment to South East Asia and; participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABER off the Australian coast.

Top End exercise improves regional security

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Joshua Eyles of HMAS Larrakia talks with a member of HMPNGS Moresby boarding party team while conducting boarding party exercise during Exercise Paradise.

The Australian and Papua New Guinean navies have successfully completed Exercise PARADISE off the coast of Darwin, sharing knowledge and rehearsing scenarios to improve regional security and interoperability between the forces.

Spray booth gets new life

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Air Force Logistics Manager, Flight Lieutenant Russell Cocks hands over a combined spray booth and baking oven to Chief Petty Officer Michael Knott, at a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling Fleet Support Unit's Surface Finishing section, completing a transfer of the booth from the Air Force to the Navy. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Air Force Logistics Manager, Flight Lieutenant Russell Cocks hands over a combined spray booth and baking oven to Chief Petty Officer Michael Knott, at a ceremony held at the HMAS Stirling Fleet Support Unit's Surface Finishing section, completing a transfer of the booth from the Air Force to the Navy.

It was a case of ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ when HMAS Stirling’s Fleet Support Unit West, commissioned a spray booth and oven from the Royal Australian Air Force, saving Defence thousands of dollars in replacement costs.