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Getting ‘Romeo-ready’: RAN aircrew achieve MH60-R training milestone

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NUSQN 725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew. (photo: Unknown)

NUSQN 725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew.

The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo-ready’ after NUSQN 725 aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.

Tobruk sailing with new CO

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

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield.

Commander Leif Maxfield has assumed command of HMAS Tobruk, relieving Commander Tim Watson while the ship stopped over in Townsville on 7 June 2013.

SEA LION roars in far north Queensland

Published on by ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Troops from 2RAR onboard LCM8 return to HMAS Choules after conducting training exercises as part of Exercise SEA LION. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi )

Troops from 2RAR onboard LCM8 return to HMAS Choules after conducting training exercises as part of Exercise SEA LION.

Exercise SEA LION 2013 got underway on June 10 as HMAS Choules slipped out to sea with a complement of more than 400 Army and Navy personnel onboard, and various pieces of equipment firmly secured on the vehicle deck.

Ardent Three finds its wings

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

An 816 Squadron Seahawk helicopter hovers over the boat deck of HMAS Launceston. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)

An 816 Squadron Seahawk helicopter hovers over the boat deck of HMAS Launceston.

Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Ardent Three seized upon a rare opportunity this week to qualify for aviation operations.

Tobruk loads up and sets sail

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013.

HMAS Tobruk has set sail for a seven week deployment to Papua New Guinea.

Australian and French warships unite to promote maritime security

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HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme send their boarding teams to intercept a dhow while on a patrol for CTF 150. (photo: French Navy)

HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme send their boarding teams to intercept a dhow while on a patrol for CTF 150.

Nearly 100 years after France and Australia fought side by side on the Somme battlefields, HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme are united in their security efforts in the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO).

HMAS Melbourne trains in readiness for Operation SLIPPER deployment

Published on by POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Ship's company show the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal team some of the hard work involved with being at sea whilst conducting an Air Warfare Serial with the firing of the 5-inch gun in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside  )

Ship's company show the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal team some of the hard work involved with being at sea whilst conducting an Air Warfare Serial with the firing of the 5-inch gun in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area.

For the past five weeks HMAS Melbourne has conducted Unit Readiness (UR) level collective training in the East Area Exercise Area including a number of evaluations supervised by Sea Training Group (STG).

USS Eisenhower and HMAS Newcastle meet at sea

Published on by LEUT Alisha Withers (author)

Able Seaman Stuart McGuigan (front left) poses with ship mates against the background of USS Dwight D Eisenhower. (photo: )

Able Seaman Stuart McGuigan (front left) poses with ship mates against the background of USS Dwight D Eisenhower.

HMAS Newcastle rendezvoused with ‘Big Ike’ the USS Dwight D Eisenhower in the Arabian Sea for a day of steaming in company on 2 June 2013.

Toowoomba to be welcomed home

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba transits international waters. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

HMAS Toowoomba transits international waters.

HMAS Toowoomba will receive a warm welcome home when she sails into Fleet Base West, HMAS Stirling tomorrow, Friday 14 June 2013 following her six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Newcastle's first replenishment

Published on by LEUT Suresh Kumar (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

The refueling line from RFA Fort Victoria is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a replenishment at sea in the Middle East for Operation SLIPPER. (photo: POEW B White)

The refueling line from RFA Fort Victoria is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a replenishment at sea in the Middle East for Operation SLIPPER.

HMAS Newcastle has conducted her first Replenishment at Sea (RAS) serial in the Middle East Area of Operations with RFA Fort Victoria on 29 May 2013.

This RAS was the first such evolution in the MEAO for Newcastle (CMDR P O’Grady, CSM) and added to Newcastle’s growing list of partnerships with international replenishment ships.