Section: Fleet

Certifying a commitment to training

Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officers Sub Lieutenant Nancy Cotton, left, and Midshipman Sharni Hill on the quarterdeck of HMAS Canberra during Fleet Certification Period 2020. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Royal Australian Navy officers Sub Lieutenant Nancy Cotton, left, and Midshipman Sharni Hill on the quarterdeck of HMAS Canberra during Fleet Certification Period 2020.

While the crew of HMAS Canberra undertakes its Unit Readiness Evaluation during Fleet Certification Period 2020, a new generation of personnel are also onboard training to enhance their contribution to Navy’s growing capability.

Launceston team works like clockwork to undock

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Alexandria Westlake (author)

The crew of HMAS Launceston pauses for a photograph under the ship’s hull while preparing to return her to the water. (photo: )

The crew of HMAS Launceston pauses for a photograph under the ship’s hull while preparing to return her to the water.

HMAS Launceston’s crew watched on closely in early February as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat was lowered back into the water in the synchro lift at HMAS Coonawarra, having spent more than 2 months in the dry dock conducting planned maintenance.

Anzac to the future

Published on by LEUT Liam McMahon (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

HMAS Anzac ship's company stand on the forecastle for a group photo at the Common User Facility (CUF) in Henderson, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

HMAS Anzac ship's company stand on the forecastle for a group photo at the Common User Facility (CUF) in Henderson, Western Australia.

With the decommissioning of HMA Ships Success, Melbourne and Newcastle in 2019, HMAS Anzac (III) became the Royal Australian Navy’s oldest Surface Combatant. But for Anzac’s ship’s company, retirement couldn’t be further from the mind.

Navy provides survey support in Antarctica

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jared Willans (author and photographer)

Deployed members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit at Davis Station, Antarctica. (photo: )

Deployed members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit at Davis Station, Antarctica.

Nine members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit recently sailed to Australia’s Davis research station in Antarctica on RSV Aurora Australis to begin survey operations as part of the Davis Aerodrome project.

Fighting force forms up for FCP

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

L-R: HMA Ships Hobart, Arunta, Stuart and Sirius unite off the east coast of Australia on their way to Bass Strait and the start of Fleet Certification Period 2020 (FCP20). (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

L-R: HMA Ships Hobart, Arunta, Stuart and Sirius unite off the east coast of Australia on their way to Bass Strait and the start of Fleet Certification Period 2020 (FCP20).

In a demonstration of maritime combat power, four Royal Australian Navy warships formed off Australia’s East Coast to conduct a tactical transit in the opening stages of Fleet Certification Period 2020 (FCP20).

Plans in place for a successful Western Pacific Naval Symposium

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CMDR Etienne Mulder, RAN (8th from left), representing the Royal Australian Navy at the Working Group on CUES Points for Deliberation at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Workshop in Manila, Philippines. (photo: )

CMDR Etienne Mulder, RAN (8th from left), representing the Royal Australian Navy at the Working Group on CUES Points for Deliberation at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Workshop in Manila, Philippines.

The Western Pacific Naval Symposium Workshop took place in Manila, Philippines, from 11-14 February 2020, aimed at increasing communication and relationships within the Western Pacific area.

Simulated environment helps Navy prepare for high-end war games

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Commander Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain Andrew Quinn, left, and Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Commander Ryan Gaskin discuss Fleet Certification Period 2020 during a simulated warfighting exercise at HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Commander Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain Andrew Quinn, left, and Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Commander Ryan Gaskin discuss Fleet Certification Period 2020 during a simulated warfighting exercise at HMAS Watson, Sydney.

Navy’s ability to exercise multiple ships, submarines and aircraft during the Fleet Certification Period 2020 has benefitted from the ability to train in complex scenarios and tactics in a simulated environment.

Film project to showcase maritime logistics careers

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kaylah Bowdler prepare food in the galley at Junior Sailors Mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Nicholas Collins and Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Kaylah Bowdler prepare food in the galley at Junior Sailors Mess at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Maritime Logistics sailors have opened up about their career highlights and potential pathways as part of a film project that throws a spotlight on the profession that keeps Navy equipped, resourced and provisioned - as part of the Maritime Logistics Career Continuum.

Navy’s sea mine countermeasures make technological leap

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Australian Mine Warfare Team 16, MCDGRP and DSTG staff operating the Bluefin 9 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) from a Mine Countermeasure Support Boat (MCMSB) during a Project Sea 1778 equipment application course at Pittwater, NSW. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Australian Mine Warfare Team 16, MCDGRP and DSTG staff operating the Bluefin 9 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) from a Mine Countermeasure Support Boat (MCMSB) during a Project Sea 1778 equipment application course at Pittwater, NSW.

Driven by the need to organically protect maritime Task Groups from the threat of sea mines, the Royal Australian Navy is introducing a deployable Mine Counter-Measures capability under Project SEA 1778.

Warships depart Sydney for first major Fleet exercise of 2020

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

HMAS Arunta, followed by HMAS Stuart, departs Sydney Harbour for the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Certification Period 2020. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

HMAS Arunta, followed by HMAS Stuart, departs Sydney Harbour for the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Certification Period 2020.

HMA Ships Stuart, Hobart, Arunta and Sirius departed Sydney in formation today to mark the start of the sea phase of Navy's first major exercise for the year, Fleet Certification Period 2020 (FCP20).