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French rendezvous for RAN ships

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

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu.

HMA Ships Choules and Huon and French Navy Ship FS d’Entrecasteaux have conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) and flight training serials in the Pacific Ocean.

Environmental influences on task group operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Glenn Suffolk (author), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Lieutenant Matthew Bell inflates a weather balloon on board HMAS Canberra to help predict weather patterns in support of the Regional Presence Deployment 2020. (photo: POIS Tom Gibson)

Lieutenant Matthew Bell inflates a weather balloon on board HMAS Canberra to help predict weather patterns in support of the Regional Presence Deployment 2020.

Timely and informed decisions are essential when conducting military operations, whether they be about a threat, a ship’s fuel state or the environment - something that HMAS Canberra meteorologist Lieutenant Matthew Bell knows too well.

Celebrating Vanuatu Independence Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer), LSET James Taylor (photographer)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

A flotilla of Royal Australian Navy small boats have joined their Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing colleagues and a colourful collection of commercial, private and government watercraft in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

HMAS Canberra assists in search and rescue

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An Australian Army ARH Tiger helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy after missing for three days. (photo: )

An Australian Army ARH Tiger helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy after missing for three days.

HMAS Canberra and its embarked aviation assets assisted in locating the three-person crew of a skiff that had been missing for nearly three days in Micronesia.

Call to arms for Indigenous Navy officers

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Ryan Tascas (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Scott McKeen on HMAS Canberra's flight deck in the Port of Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: LSIS Ryan Tascas)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Scott McKeen on HMAS Canberra's flight deck in the Port of Darwin, Northern Territory.

When Lieutenant Scott McKeen left Darwin to join the Royal Australian Navy in 2004, he knew just a handful of Indigenous sailors. Sixteen years later, he said he had seen an increase in numbers of Indigenous people in the Navy.

Trilateral passage bolsters ties

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Ships from the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sail in company through the Philippine Sea as aircraft from United States Carrier Airwing 5 fly above during the Regional Presence Deployment 2020. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Ships from the Royal Australian Navy, United States Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sail in company through the Philippine Sea as aircraft from United States Carrier Airwing 5 fly above during the Regional Presence Deployment 2020.

Australia, Japan and the United States have conducted a trilateral passage in the Philippine Sea en route to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in Hawaii.

Handbook helps train and retain

Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), AB Jessica Whelan (photographer)

Leading Seaman Daniel Williams is presented with his Divisional Handbook by Command Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul WO Mark Cooper, at his promotion ceremony. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Daniel Williams is presented with his Divisional Handbook by Command Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul WO Mark Cooper, at his promotion ceremony.

One of the things that sets the Navy apart from other employers is the sense of belonging that comes from a life in service. That connection is borne out of shared experiences and a fundamental tenet, that to get the best out of a team, a manager has to care about the members in it.

Cerberus to the rescue on the Monash Freeway

Published on by FLTLT Marina Lysenko (author), PTE Michael Currie (photographer)

R-L: Petty Officer Boatswain Shannon Schonewille; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Alex Patterson; Seaman Boatswains Mate Jaxan Stead; and Seaman Boatswains Mate (training) Duncan Watson stepped beyond their Operation COVID-19 ASSIST duties when they stopped to give first aid and direct traffic at a car accident on the Monash Freeway, in Victoria. (photo: Private (P) Michael Currie)

R-L: Petty Officer Boatswain Shannon Schonewille; Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Alex Patterson; Seaman Boatswains Mate Jaxan Stead; and Seaman Boatswains Mate (training) Duncan Watson stepped beyond their Operation COVID-19 ASSIST duties when they stopped to give first aid and direct traffic at a car accident on the Monash Freeway, in Victoria.

A four-person Navy team from HMAS Cerberus deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST has saved the life of a Melbourne resident.

Note-able contribution by musicians

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSMUSN Jonathan Rendell (author), PTE Dustin Anderson (photographer)

Petty Officer Musician Christopher Palamountain at a Vehicle Control Point in Victoria during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: PTE Dustin Anderson)

Petty Officer Musician Christopher Palamountain at a Vehicle Control Point in Victoria during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Community engagement looks different now for some members of the RAN Band Melbourne, as they trade instruments for personal protective equipment while deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Snow hits while on operation

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Tom Maclean (author), POIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Andrew Lloyd, right, and Able Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Jayden Skuse assist the NSW Police Force on the NSW-Victoria border as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: POIS Jake Badior)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Andrew Lloyd, right, and Able Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Jayden Skuse assist the NSW Police Force on the NSW-Victoria border as part of Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Heavy snow was a highlight for many of the 120 Royal Australian Navy personnel deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST in the Alpine region’s town of Jindabyne.