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HMAS Ballarat celebrates tenth birthday and readies for big upgrade

Published on by LCDR Mark Fielder (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Ballarat, Commander Matt Doornbos cuts the cake along with Seaman Rylan Painter (left) and Chief Petty Officer Tony Anderson (right). (photo: LCDR Mark Fielder)

Commanding Officer HMAS Ballarat, Commander Matt Doornbos cuts the cake along with Seaman Rylan Painter (left) and Chief Petty Officer Tony Anderson (right).

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West.

Chief of Navy’s commitment to safety

Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment worn when operating a grinder inside the workshop at all times as a member of the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

The appropriate Personal Protective Equipment worn when operating a grinder inside the workshop at all times as a member of the Royal Australian Navy.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Chief of Navy has made it a priority early on in his command to name safety as one of his key priorities, issuing a Navy Safety Policy Statement on 15 July 2014.

Some hard Yarra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

Personnel in the coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their diving expertise to recover an anchor and shackles weighing one tonne from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

Final Damage Control Exercise for Sea Trainer

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Fleet Damage Control Officer Lieutenant Commander Col Painter, of Sea Training Group, ensures personnel adopt the correct brace position during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Fleet Damage Control Officer Lieutenant Commander Col Painter, of Sea Training Group, ensures personnel adopt the correct brace position during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

Final sea time was on the cards for the Fleet Damage Control Officer as he completed HMAS Toowoomba’s mission readiness evaluation. Lieutenant Commander Col Painter is hanging up his radio and timer when he posts from the billet in July.

Navy’s LCH fleet begins its long goodbye

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The Royal Australians Navy's three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Royal Australians Navy's three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation.

The three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have begun their long goodbye with a formation exit from Cairns yesterday, followed by beaching exercises as Cowley Beach today.

Chief of Navy message

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus. (photo: )

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett provides his latest message for Navy personnel, recorded during a visit to HMAS Cerberus.

HMAS Cerberus Welcomes Country

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (left) and Local Elder and CEO of the Boonwurrung Foundation, Aunty Carolyn Briggs, unveil the Acknowledgment of Country plaque at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (left) and Local Elder and CEO of the Boonwurrung Foundation, Aunty Carolyn Briggs, unveil the Acknowledgment of Country plaque at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus gathered its people to recognise the traditional owners of the Cerberus land by officially unveiling an Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians plaque, observing a Welcome to Country and being part of an Indigenous smoking ceremony.

HMAS Parramatta conducts port visit to Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Chris Saville (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Joel Marrison leads the Ceremonial Guard in a Ceremonial Sunset on the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta for more than 90 guests, including the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, The Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo and His Excellency, High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Mr Andrew Byrne, while HMAS Parramatta is berthed alongside Honiara, Solomon Islands, during Operation SOLANIA. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Joel Marrison leads the Ceremonial Guard in a Ceremonial Sunset on the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta for more than 90 guests, including the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, The Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo and His Excellency, High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Mr Andrew Byrne, while HMAS Parramatta is berthed alongside Honiara, Solomon Islands, during Operation SOLANIA.

In support of Operation SOLANIA, HMAS Parramatta conducted a port visit to Honiara, Solomon Islands from 11-14 July, to assist in maritime surveillance of the South Pacific Region as coordinated through the Pacific Island Forum Agency.

NUSQN 725 successfully launches first MK-54 torpedo

Published on by CMDR Dave Frost (author), LEUT Jakob Kapelj (photographer)

A MH-60R 'Romeo' Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725, loaded with a MK-54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida, USA. (photo: LEUT Jakob Kapelj)

A MH-60R 'Romeo' Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725, loaded with a MK-54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida, USA.

In only seven months of operating the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725 has achieved successful MK-54 torpedo firings during the current deployment to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC).

Plenty of air time for helicopter fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, prepares to board the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Commander Australian Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, prepares to board the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

The Fleet Air Arm has notched up 10,399 hours of air time during the 2013-2014 financial year, the highest number of flying hours since 1991.