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Inaugural symposium paves way to a seaworthy future

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

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra.

Navy’s drive towards building a battle ready fleet took a major step forward in late November, with the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Symposium held in Canberra.

Graduation underlines record-breaking year for Naval College

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

New Entry Officers’ Course 61 graduates march off the parade ground at HMAS Creswell on completion of their Graduation Parade. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

New Entry Officers’ Course 61 graduates march off the parade ground at HMAS Creswell on completion of their Graduation Parade.

Navy’s newest junior officers have graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell as part of New Entry Officers’ Course 61, rounding off a busy year with a record 297 new officers graduating in 2019.

NUSHIP sailors honour forebears gone but not forgotten

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour, RAN, centre, and members of the ship's company attend the 78th anniversary commemorative service of HMAS Sydney II, Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Commanding Officer NUSHIP Sydney, Commander Edward Seymour, RAN, centre, and members of the ship's company attend the 78th anniversary commemorative service of HMAS Sydney II, Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney.

A new generation of RAN officers and sailors have commemorated their forebears who died when HMAS Sydney (II) was sunk 78 years ago - ship’s company of NUSHIP Sydney attended a commemorative service at the Martin Place Cenotaph.

Navy One counts down to Sydney to Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CYCA/Hamish Hardy (photographer)

Navy One, the Royal Australian Navy's entry in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, during the recent Bird Island Race in Sydney. (photo: CYCA/Hamish Hardy)

Navy One, the Royal Australian Navy's entry in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, during the recent Bird Island Race in Sydney.

With the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race only weeks away, the crew of Navy’s entry Navy One have victory in their sights.

Improving Indian Ocean maritime security

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Corbin McCullough (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commodore Network Communications, Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunissery Mallath; Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; and the Deputy to the Assistant to Chief of Indonesian Navy Staff for Planning and Budgeting, Commodore Erwin Aldedharma sign a copy of the Minutes, signifying the completion of the inaugural Trilateral Maritime Security Workshop held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Commodore Network Communications, Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunissery Mallath; Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; and the Deputy to the Assistant to Chief of Indonesian Navy Staff for Planning and Budgeting, Commodore Erwin Aldedharma sign a copy of the Minutes, signifying the completion of the inaugural Trilateral Maritime Security Workshop held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

An important step forward was taken in Fremantle this week, as the navies of Australia, India and Indonesia came together for the first time to discuss mutual maritime security objectives.

Disaster on the table during Fiji exercise

Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author)

ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji. (photo: )

ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji.

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office hosted Australian Defence Force Joint Task Force 637.3 personnel on 20 November at a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise in Suva, Fiji.

Japanese first for Australian task group command element

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle.

An Australian command task group element was based in a Japanese ship for the first time during a mine counter-measures exercise in Japan.

Proven service - 723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires.

PACIFIC REACH proves submarine rescue techniques

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019.

Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019 has been deemed an outstanding success as the sea-phase of the exercise came to a close off the coast of Western Australia.

Christmas comes early

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra.

Every year the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund spreads Christmas cheer, and this year hundreds of Navy members will enjoy a happier Stand Down period after being granted loans to help them with some of the extra costs of the holiday season.