Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ship JS Shimakaze conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Arunta during a passage exercise as they both depart Sasebo, Japan. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ship JS Shimakaze conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Arunta during a passage exercise as they both depart Sasebo, Japan.

Communication the key in passage exercise

HMAS Arunta has completed a passage exercise with Japanese Ship Shimakaze after a two-day logistics visit to Sasebo, Japan.


  • The October Reserve Entry Officers' Course cohort participated in leadership training Operation Jaywick at Royal Australian Naval College HMAS Creswell for the first time last month. (photo: )

    Reserve training gets a revamp

    The ambition to create quality Naval Officers who are well-prepared for a career at sea has resulted in a number of innovations to the Reserve Entry Officers’ Course offered by the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell.


  • Leading Seaman Aircrewman Brad Firkin collects information on a vessel of interest from the MH-60R Seahawk Helicopter embarked on HMAS Arunta during Operation ARGOS. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

    Arunta completes Operation ARGOS

    HMAS Arunta is on her way home after completing her deployment on Operation ARGOS, Australia’s contribution to the enforcement of United Nations Security Council sanctions on North Korea.


  • Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN, left, receives the weight of command from Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AO, RAN aboard HMAS Brisbane at anchor in Sydney Harbour. (photo: ABIS Daniel Goodman)

    Change of Command at Fleet Headquarters

    In a small but poignant ceremony on board HMAS Brisbane, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AO, RAN hauled down his flag and passed the weight as Commander Australian Fleet to his successor, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, RAN.


  • HMAS Arunta's Marine Technician fabrication team in front of the forecastle door which was replaced while the ship was alongside in Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

    Technical skills praised in repair work

    HMAS Arunta’s Marine Technicians have been praised for their ingenuity and resilience in repairing one of the ship's forecastle doors, with the initial work undertaken when the door was damaged during a storm while at sea.



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Teammates cheer each other on while competing on the ski trainer during the mental health marathon for Soldier On, at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ACW Emma Schwenke)

Navy personnel Soldier On for mental health This article has photo gallery

The end of mental health awareness month was marked at HMAS Kuttabul gymnasium with a marathon to raise money for Soldier On.

Ellen Shine from the RSLWA Poppy Ladies shows a collection of poppies made and collected, with Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarine Nicole Lefel from Submarine Force Headquarters, in the Off Watch Centre at HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Preparing poppies

There were many enthusiastic volunteers from HMAS Stirling recently when the RSL Western Australia (RSLWA) Poppy Ladies visited the Base and conducted a poppy making workshop for their upcoming commemorative poppy projects.


Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, with the winners of the 2020 Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards. From second left: Lieutenant Commander Jace Hutchison, RAN, on behalf of HMAS Adelaide (Early Intervention Award); Leading Seaman Brad Reynolds (Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence); Captain Jason Spears, RAN, on behalf of Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Project Office (Prevention Award); and Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, on behalf of Fleet Command (Environmental Management Award). (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)

Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards

Rather than bringing in contractors, erecting scaffolding and waiting days for roof inspections at HMAS Penguin, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Bradley Reynolds had other ideas.

L-R: Royal Australian Navy sailors Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jahlaya Weazel; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Braydon Bux; Seaman Gap Year Josh Agland; Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Saje Wilson; and Petty Officer Cryptological Systems Supervisor Thai-Britney Demos on the Welcome to the Country Tour at La Perouse, NSW. (photo: LSIS Thomas Sawtell)

Sharing culture key to building Navy’s community This article has photo gallery

During NAIDOC Week, Navy people in Sydney from all backgrounds were offered the hands-on opportunity to learn about native sustenance and pharmaceuticals from an Indigenous expert.


Participants in the HMAS Stirling Annual Causeway Classic fun run at the start of the 6.4 km run along the Garden Island causeway.
(This event was held in accordance with WA State Govt regulations for public gatherings). (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

A Classic running event This article has photo gallery

For the last 13 years HMAS Stirling been host to the Defence Bank Causeway Classic, a 6.7km fun run from the Pass Office at the Causeway entrance, over the low and high-level bridges and culminating at the sports pavilion.

Warrant Officer Mark Hollingsworth skydiving from 15,000 feet. (photo: LCDR Martin Lee)

Jumping out of his comfort zone This article has photo gallery

He won the Adelaide Marathon but lost a bet. As a result, Warrant Officer Mark Hollingsworth had to jump out of a plane.