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Building capability, refining the fight in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commodore Ivan Ingham addresses Fleet Battle Staff inside the Maritime Operations Centre during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, July 2019.
 (photo: LSIS Craig Walton)

Commodore Ivan Ingham addresses Fleet Battle Staff inside the Maritime Operations Centre during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, July 2019.

For Commodore Ivan Ingham, success in 2019 may be measured by how empty the berths at Fleet Base East have been - the year has seen an exceptional surge in Australian maritime operations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Young Endeavour’s 31st year under sail

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 2019: Young Endeavour ship’s company pictured at Garden Island, Sydney with Commanding Officer, LCDR Andrew Callander, centre back row. (photo: )

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 2019: Young Endeavour ship’s company pictured at Garden Island, Sydney with Commanding Officer, LCDR Andrew Callander, centre back row.

It has been a busy year for the Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour - a whopping 377 young Australians aged 16-23 stepped aboard for one of 15 eleven-day voyages that saw the brigantine sail from Hobart and as far north as Cairns.

Shore Force upgrades keep pace with enhanced fleet capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT.

As Navy’s Fleet and war-fighting capabilities continue to grow with significant investments, 2019 has also been an important year to sustain that capability with improvements to its facilities on shore.

Navy Minehunters return from record-setting deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment.

Two Royal Australian Navy Minehunters, HMAS Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne, have returned home just in time for Christmas, following a successful overseas deployment that saw them travel a record distance.

Navy welcomes latest cohort of clearance divers

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Seven sailors have graduated from Clearance Diving Course 87 at the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin, one of the toughest courses Navy has to offer.

Cerberus wins best establishment award

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, presents the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CMS, RAN, at Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus. Vic. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, presents the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CMS, RAN, at Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus. Vic.

HMAS Cerberus has been named the recipient of the Governor’s Cup for 2019, an award presented to the Royal Australian Navy Shore Establishment that has excelled in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the Fleet.

New DG ‘takes the con’ at Maritime Operations headquarters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commodore Matthew Buckley, CSC, RAN, presents Commodore Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, with ‘the con’ for Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, with personnel from Maritime Operations. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

Commodore Matthew Buckley, CSC, RAN, presents Commodore Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, with ‘the con’ for Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, with personnel from Maritime Operations.

As a milestone year for the Royal Australian Navy’s evolution towards concurrent task group operations draws to a close, the ‘con’ of Navy’s Maritime Operations organisation has transitioned from Commodore Matt Buckley to Commodore Darren Grogan.

People-focused for deployments

Published on by CMDR Kelli Lunt (author)

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne. (photo: )

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne.

In an era when Navy is prioritising its people, the officers and sailors of HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne can attest that the tide is turning in the right direction as a number of initiatives were implemented for their recent Maritime East Asia Deployment.

Peering through the lens of Garden Island

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Peta Magorian (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA.

The inaugural Fleet Base West Photography Competition saw more than 100 entries from budding photographers that captured the ‘People, Places and Stuff’ associated with the Royal Australian Navy elements based on Garden Island, Western Australia. 

Minehunter MTs duo in Diamantina

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

Seaman Amelia Ambrose, left, stands with marine technician colleague, Able Seaman Helena Siyangkabuth in the engine room onboard HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Seaman Amelia Ambrose, left, stands with marine technician colleague, Able Seaman Helena Siyangkabuth in the engine room onboard HMAS Diamantina.

Female marine technicians are rarely seen serving in Huon-class minehunters. Two female ‘stokers’ are currently bucking the trend - both serving in HMAS Diamantina.