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Australian Defence Force members pay their respects at Pearl Harbor memorial site

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer), POIS Paul Berry (videographer)

Royal Australian Navy members make their way to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.  (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Royal Australian Navy members make their way to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

Australian Defence Force members in Hawaii for Exercise RIMPAC 2014 have paid their respects at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, just ahead of U.S. Independence Day. #RIMPAC2014 #RIMPACPartners

Amphibious warfare skills to be worked-up at RIMPAC, ahead of LHD delivery

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy, the RIMPAC Expeditionary Strike Group Commander, talks with Commanders of the Australian 4th Combat Landing Team and United States Marines 3rd Marine Battalion during an urban warfare training exercise conducted at United States Marines Base Kaneohe Bay during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC). (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy, the RIMPAC Expeditionary Strike Group Commander, talks with Commanders of the Australian 4th Combat Landing Team and United States Marines 3rd Marine Battalion during an urban warfare training exercise conducted at United States Marines Base Kaneohe Bay during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC).

More than 120 Australian Army personnel have landed in Hawaii to form the Australian 4th Combat Landing Team for Exercise RIMPAC. The experience will enhance the ADF's amphibious warfare capabilities for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks later this year. #RIMPAC2014 #RIMPACPartners

ADF assumes senior positions in world’s biggest naval exercise

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Sarah West (author), U.S. Navy MC2 Diana Quinlan (photographer)

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The world’s largest naval exercise, Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC) was officially opened Monday, 30 June in Hawaii, with three Australian Defence Force officers in senior command positions.

Joint cooperation starts at home

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel re-board a Royal New Zealand Air Force 757-200 aircraft in Samoa after a short re-fuelling stop while enroute from Australia to Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army personnel re-board a Royal New Zealand Air Force 757-200 aircraft in Samoa after a short re-fuelling stop while enroute from Australia to Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.

Antipodean neighbours, Australia and New Zealand, demonstrated multinational cooperation in June, when members of the Australian Defence Force contingent deploying to Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC) ‘hitched a ride’ to Hawaii with their kiwi counterparts.

New Chief of Navy takes command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), Mr Steve Dent (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN takes the salute for the last time as Chief of Navy. (photo: Steve Dent)

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN takes the salute for the last time as Chief of Navy.

Over 500 Royal Australian Navy personnel farewelled the outgoing Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and welcomed their new leader Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in an official ceremony at Sir Thomas Blamey Square in Canberra today.

NUSHIP Canberra Standing Sea training

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Personnel from NUSHIP Canberra take part in fire fighting training at the School of Survivability and Ship’s Safety. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Personnel from NUSHIP Canberra take part in fire fighting training at the School of Survivability and Ship’s Safety.

Prior to training at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship’s Safety in Jervis Bay, the members of NUSHIP Canberra’s crew who were selected as Standing Sea Fire and Emergency Party had only glimpsed each other around the workplace.

Outgoing CN farewells the Top End and northern Queensland

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN (centre) with the latest group of Defence Indigenous Development Program cadets at HMAS Cairns.   (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN (centre) with the latest group of Defence Indigenous Development Program cadets at HMAS Cairns.

In one of his final trips as Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has paid tribute to the efforts of Navy people in the north of Australia making a personal visit to both HMA Ships Coonawarra and Cairns.

Arunta’s sea time starts with a bang

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), ABEW Sean Leahy (photographer)

HMAS Arunta fires the 5-inch gun for the first time in three years, as part of her Sea Qualification Trials. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

HMAS Arunta fires the 5-inch gun for the first time in three years, as part of her Sea Qualification Trials.

HMAS Arunta recently dusted off the mount, tested the sensor systems and did final voice procedures prior to firing their 5-inch gun for the first time in three years during sea qualification trials in the West Australian Exercise Area.

International Day of the Seafarer

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), CMDR Brian Delamont (photographer)

Crew of HMAS Melbourne on the front of the warship prepare to fire lines across to connect fuel hoses with HMAS Sirius in a high sea state outside of Sydney Harbour on 17 June 2013.  (photo: CMDR Brian Delamont)

Crew of HMAS Melbourne on the front of the warship prepare to fire lines across to connect fuel hoses with HMAS Sirius in a high sea state outside of Sydney Harbour on 17 June 2013.

As an island nation, Australia’s modern history is entwined with the sea, so it is only fitting that the Royal Australian Navy joined with the maritime community on Wednesday 25 June to mark the International Maritime Organisation’s Day of the Seafarer.

Commander Australian Fleet visits Fleet Air Arm

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Pup Elliott (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC, RAN speaks with Commander Alan Moore during a tour of 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.  (photo: Mr Pup Elliott)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC, RAN speaks with Commander Alan Moore during a tour of 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Just days into his new appointment as Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer made his first official visit to HMAS Albatross, Nowra, where he addressed members of the Command team and toured the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm Squadrons.