Topic: HMAS Watson

Synthetic training simulates real world experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta Commander Troy Van Tienhoven (left); Commander Surface Force Commodore Stephen Hughes (second left); Captain Sea Training Captain David Landon (centre); Flight Commander HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Commander Damian Liberale (second right) and Head of Maritime Warfare Commander Anthony Nagle during the Exercise VIKING RAIDER 2019 warfare simulation held at HMAS Watson, NSW. (photo: LSIS Chris Szumlanski)

Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta Commander Troy Van Tienhoven (left); Commander Surface Force Commodore Stephen Hughes (second left); Captain Sea Training Captain David Landon (centre); Flight Commander HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Commander Damian Liberale (second right) and Head of Maritime Warfare Commander Anthony Nagle during the Exercise VIKING RAIDER 2019 warfare simulation held at HMAS Watson, NSW.

An important aspect of training to fight and win at sea is the ability for Navy units and personnel to develop skills and test process in a simulated environment without the restrictions of the real world.

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.

HMAS Watson marches into Woollahra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Eastern Suburbs Police Command Superintendent John Duncan halts Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain John Stavridis, ADC, RAN and his Ship’s Company as they conduct a Freedom of Entry march through the streets of Woollahra, Sydney.  (photo: LSIS Thomas Gibson)

Eastern Suburbs Police Command Superintendent John Duncan halts Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain John Stavridis, ADC, RAN and his Ship’s Company as they conduct a Freedom of Entry march through the streets of Woollahra, Sydney.

The Officers and Sailors of HMAS Watson have reaffirmed their bond with the Municipality of Woollahra by exercising their right to Freedom of Entry to the eastern Sydney suburb.

Quiet achievers in safety

Published on by SGT Max Bree (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Cryptologic Systems Nicholas Martin works at the Defence Signals Directorate in Canberra. (photo: SGT Max Bree)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Cryptologic Systems Nicholas Martin works at the Defence Signals Directorate in Canberra.

You might not see the work of cryptologic systems (CTS) sailors on board your ship, but their time immersed in signals and intelligence could be the thing keeping everyone safe.

Community leaders experience Navy life at sea and ashore

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kristie Okely (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Participants of the 2018 Community Leaders at Sea Program disembark a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter at HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Kieran Dempsey)

Participants of the 2018 Community Leaders at Sea Program disembark a Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopter at HMAS Watson, Sydney.

Eleven local community leaders experienced a taste of the Royal Australian Navy as part of the Fleet Commanders’ Community Leader’s at Sea Program (CLASP) in early October.

A right Royal visit

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) speaks with the ship's company of Guided Missile Destroyer, HMAS Hobart.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) speaks with the ship's company of Guided Missile Destroyer, HMAS Hobart.

His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York had an important message for the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy during a recent visit to Australia.

Relationships reaffirmed in region

This article has photo gallery Published on by Rhiannon Westhorp-Janz (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

HMAS Adelaide Navigator, LCDR Lachlan Browne, with Royal Malaysian Navy Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations and Exercise, RADM Datuk Khairul Anuar Yahya and his staff on the bridge of HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

HMAS Adelaide Navigator, LCDR Lachlan Browne, with Royal Malaysian Navy Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations and Exercise, RADM Datuk Khairul Anuar Yahya and his staff on the bridge of HMAS Adelaide.

The annual Australian and Malaysian Navy to Navy talks were held at Sydney base, HMAS Penguin in August as part of on-going engagement activities with Malaysia.

Simulation training for tomorrow

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Lieutenant Chris Standon instructs Midshipman Harrion Rees in the bridge simulator at HMAS Watson.  (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Lieutenant Chris Standon instructs Midshipman Harrion Rees in the bridge simulator at HMAS Watson.

The Bridge Training Faculty at HMAS Watson, on the south head of Sydney Harbour, has used simulation systems to deliver effective training to sailors and officers throughout Navy for years but recently the ability to increase training throughput with simulation has been given a boost. 

Trailblazing Warrant Officer remembered

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

The first Warrant Officer of the Navy Paul Whittaker. (photo: )

The first Warrant Officer of the Navy Paul Whittaker.

The Royal Australian Navy’s first Warrant Officer of the Navy, has recently passed away after a brief battle with cancer. 

Synchronised simulation for safer training

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Nick Tate (author)

Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at proposed wharf. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Ben Welfare simulating berthing at proposed wharf.

Navy and industry partners have been working together in the Maritime Simulation Centre at the Australian Maritime College based at the University of Tasmania.