Topic: HMAS Leeuwin (A245)

Leeuwin takes to local waters for intensive training

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), LEUT Leigh Guilmartin (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland. (photo: LEUT Leigh Guilmartin)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland.

HMAS Leeuwin has spent two weeks conducting intensive training and evaluation in beautiful weather off Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, in preparation for operational taskings later this year.

Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Brenton Fairall (author)

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings. (photo: )

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings.

On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns.

A year of small ships doing big things

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019.

The vessels and teams of Navy’s Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological, Oceanographic and Patrol Force might be among the smallest in the Fleet, but their achievements in 2019 rival those of the largest major surface ships.

HMAS Leeuwin hosts women’s forum in Yap

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), LCDR Clare Randall (photographer), FMI Cadet Kin Kin (photographer), Ms Nina van Breugel (photographer)

Attendees of the women’s forum, held onboard HMAS Leeuwin alongside Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. (photo: FMI Cadet Kin Kin)

Attendees of the women’s forum, held onboard HMAS Leeuwin alongside Yap, Federated States of Micronesia.

Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Survey vessel HMAS Leeuwin has hosted a women’s forum while alongside Yap - one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Leeuwin enjoys engagement with Micronesia, Palau

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT David Thomas (author), MIDN Amy Luke-Paredi (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin conducts OOWMANs with FSS Independence (03) and PSS Remeliik (001) prior to entering Yap. (photo: MIDN Amy Luke-Paredi)

HMAS Leeuwin conducts OOWMANs with FSS Independence (03) and PSS Remeliik (001) prior to entering Yap.

HMAS Leeuwin has conducted a series of Officer-of-the-Watch manoeuvres with Micronesian patrol boat FSS Independence and Palau patrol boat PSS Remeliik, off the coast of the Pacific island of Yap.

HMAS Leeuwin enhances relationship with local neighbours

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Amy Luke-Paredi (author and photographer)

Tamara Sloper-Harding (far left) from the charity Pittwater Friends of Soibada, and members of HMAS Leeuwin’s crew with children from Soibada, Timor-Leste. (photo: MIDN Amy Luke-Paredi)

Tamara Sloper-Harding (far left) from the charity Pittwater Friends of Soibada, and members of HMAS Leeuwin’s crew with children from Soibada, Timor-Leste.

During HMAS Leeuwin’s third South East Asian deployment this year, a port visit to Dili provided an opportunity for six members of ship's company to visit the village of Soibada, located in the mountainous central region of the island nation, to experience the culture of rural Timor-Leste and lend a helping hand. 

HMAS Leeuwin hosts Women in Maritime round table

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), ABHSO Siobhan Von Prott (photographer)

Sailors and officers of HMAS Leeuwin with participants of a Women in Maritime round table hosted by the Royal Australian Navy ship in the Federated States of Micronesia. (photo: ABHSO Siobhan Von Prott)

Sailors and officers of HMAS Leeuwin with participants of a Women in Maritime round table hosted by the Royal Australian Navy ship in the Federated States of Micronesia.

HMAS Leeuwin, currently conducting her second deployment for the year, has hosted a round table discussion about Women in Peace and Security, focussing on Women in Maritime, while alongside Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

HMAS Leeuwin joins celebrations for presidential inauguration

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author)

Guests onboard HMAS Leeuwin, from left, US Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Ambassador Robert Riley; Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Federated States of Micronesia, the Hon Lorin Robert; Commanding Officer HMAS Leeuwin, Commander Richard Mortimer; US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Hon Robert Wilkie; Assistant Minister for Defence and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Honourable Alex Hawke, MP; and Australian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Mr George Fraser. (photo: Unknown)

Guests onboard HMAS Leeuwin, from left, US Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Ambassador Robert Riley; Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Federated States of Micronesia, the Hon Lorin Robert; Commanding Officer HMAS Leeuwin, Commander Richard Mortimer; US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Hon Robert Wilkie; Assistant Minister for Defence and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Honourable Alex Hawke, MP; and Australian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Mr George Fraser.

HMAS Leeuwin arrived in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, ahead of the inauguration of the country’s ninth President, David W Panuelo, on 29 July 2019.

Full survey efforts to chart Dili Harbour

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Alexander Singe mans the
Hydrographic Survey Suite console on the bridge of HMAS Leeuwin. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Alexander Singe mans the Hydrographic Survey Suite console on the bridge of HMAS Leeuwin.

HMAS Leeuwin has completed a survey of Dili Harbour, collecting up-to-date data at the request of the Timor-Leste government for development of new charts.

Building relationships through training in Timor-Leste

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author)

Leading Seaman Hydrographic Survey Operator Geoffrey Pickering demonstrates knot tying to Timor-Leste Defence Force Naval Component personnel. (photo: LEUT HOLLIS)

Leading Seaman Hydrographic Survey Operator Geoffrey Pickering demonstrates knot tying to Timor-Leste Defence Force Naval Component personnel.

The crew of HMAS Leeuwin have used their recent visit to Timor-Leste and survey of Dili Harbour to provide training to officers and sailors from the Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) as they prepare to take on two new Guardian Class Patrol Boats.