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First Australian made Romeo aircrew graduate

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Graduating from the Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course was LCDR Eugene Cleary and LEUT’s Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter.  Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course. (photo: Unknown)

Graduating from the Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course was LCDR Eugene Cleary and LEUT’s Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter. Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course.

The Royal Australian Navy’s, MH-60R Seahawk helicopter capability continues to grow with the recent graduation of the first 'Australian-made' aircrew students.

Medical team prepared for pressure situations during exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Corry Van Den Broek (centre) and Reservist Medical Officer Coral Baines inside the hyperbaric chamber with United States Navy dive team members as they take part in Exercise Dugong 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Corry Van Den Broek (centre) and Reservist Medical Officer Coral Baines inside the hyperbaric chamber with United States Navy dive team members as they take part in Exercise Dugong 2015.

No one in the Navy diving community takes to the water without being confident as to their next breath. Effective gas regulation and the ability to regulate pressure so as to dive and surface safely is of paramount importance, irrespective of it taking place during training, on exercise or on deployment.

Australian ships visit the Philippines

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HMAS Arunta and Sirius arrive alongside in Subic Bay, Philippines as part of the ships North East Asian deployment.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Arunta and Sirius arrive alongside in Subic Bay, Philippines as part of the ships North East Asian deployment.

HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius are in Subic Bay in the Philippines for a five-day visit. The short break from sea will give the ships’ companies an opportunity to continue their association with Filipino colleagues and experience Philippines culture and sights.

Operations Officers cross decks in the South China Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Darryl Wagstaff (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer), LSML-SO Joshua Matthews (photographer)

Operations Staff from HMAS Sirius, HMAS Arunta, RSS Supreme, and RSS Valiant conduct Ops planning in the wardroom of HMAS Sirius.  (photo: LEUT Jake Leonard)

Operations Staff from HMAS Sirius, HMAS Arunta, RSS Supreme, and RSS Valiant conduct Ops planning in the wardroom of HMAS Sirius.

The uncharacteristic hot and hazy conditions in the South China Sea set the back drop for a planning for a passage exercise between Australia and Singapore. HMAS Sirius welcomed Operations Officers from Singaporean ships RSS Supreme and RSS Valiant and Australian frigate, HMAS Arunta, to develop a plan for interactions between the four ships.

HMAS Broome assists in civilian search and rescue

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship.

Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Broome has assisted in a search and rescue of 12 people stuck in unfavourable sea conditions during a patrol in the Torres Strait recently.

International forces join together in Hobart for Exercise DUGONG 15

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Divers from the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Team 2 conduct tests on their diving gear in the shallow water off Hobart, Tasmania, during Exercise DUGONG 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Divers from the Royal Navy Fleet Diving Team 2 conduct tests on their diving gear in the shallow water off Hobart, Tasmania, during Exercise DUGONG 2015.

With the magnificent backdrop of Mount Wellington and working in the deep, cool waters off Hobart, personnel from Australia, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and Canada and observers from India and Sweden, began Exercise DUGONG 15 on 5 October.

Defence Minister visits HMAS Canberra

Published on by FLGOFF Jessica Aldred (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

HMAS Canberra's Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach explains procedures in Flying Control to Minister for Defence, The Hon. Marise Payne and Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Canberra's Commander Air, Commander Paul Moggach explains procedures in Flying Control to Minister for Defence, The Hon. Marise Payne and Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

New Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne made her first official visit to a Defence unit on 25 September, embarking in HMAS Canberra in Far North Queensland.

Innovation reaps rewards for Stirling and the fleet

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by CMDR Nick Watson (author), LEUT Todd Austin (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Armoury personnel outside the HMAS Stirling Gunnery Department which they have worked to re-energise as part of Chief of Navy's Plan Pelorus Campaign.  (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Armoury personnel outside the HMAS Stirling Gunnery Department which they have worked to re-energise as part of Chief of Navy's Plan Pelorus Campaign.

HMAS Stirling is leading the charge with innovative ideas and techniques to help motivate the workforce and provide better support to the fleet.

Cross-decking during AUSINDEX 15

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Darryl Wagstaff (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer), LEUT Arthur Jagiello (photographer), LSML-SO Joshua Matthews (photographer)

Lieutenant Aravird Bhat stands on the bridge wing of HMAS Sirius as INS Shivalik approaches for a practice replenishment. Lieutenant Bhat was embarked in HMAS Sirius as a liaision officer during AUSINDEX 15.  (photo: LEUT Jake Leonard)

Lieutenant Aravird Bhat stands on the bridge wing of HMAS Sirius as INS Shivalik approaches for a practice replenishment. Lieutenant Bhat was embarked in HMAS Sirius as a liaision officer during AUSINDEX 15.

The inaugural maritime exercise between Australia and India, AUSINDEX15, recently held off India, provided an exciting opportunity for a select few to sample life in the others' Navy.

Medicos train for CASEVAC in Sea Series

This article has photo gallery Published on by FLGOFF Jessica Aldred (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

The ship's medical emergency team together with medics and staff from the Maritime Operational Health Unit move a casualty into a bed in the medical centre onboard HMAS Canberra during an aero-medical evacuation exercise as part of Sea Series 2015. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

The ship's medical emergency team together with medics and staff from the Maritime Operational Health Unit move a casualty into a bed in the medical centre onboard HMAS Canberra during an aero-medical evacuation exercise as part of Sea Series 2015.

Medical care is critical when the Australian Defence Force goes on operations so it is vital to ensure personnel are ready and able to act as needed.