Section: Fleet

New era for Navy test and tactics development

Published on by LCDR Paul Garai (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Hobart conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE). (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Hobart conducts a live fire exercise using the vertically launched RIM-66 Standard Missile 2 (SM2) as a test of capability before proceeding to their Unit Readiness Evaluation (URE).

For many years the Royal Australian Navy Test and Evaluation Authority and the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre have served to ensure the Navy can fight and win at sea. 

Arunta celebrates two significant milestones

Published on by LEUT Kieran Davis (author), SBLT Theodore Squires (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander Troy Duggan, left, and the youngest member of ship’s company, Seaman Boatswains Mate Jett Mitchell cut the ship’s 21st birthday cake. (photo: SBLT Theodore Squires)

Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander Troy Duggan, left, and the youngest member of ship’s company, Seaman Boatswains Mate Jett Mitchell cut the ship’s 21st birthday cake.

The crew of HMAS Arunta had double cause for celebration recently as they marked the ship’s 21st birthday and their return from a successful deployment to Southeast Asia.

Patrol boats the guardians of regional security and stability

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABCIS Blake Donovan (photographer)

Guardian Class Patrol Boat, Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, leads Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Maryborough. (photo: ABCIS Blake Donovan)

Guardian Class Patrol Boat, Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, leads Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Maryborough.

Royal Australian Navy Patrol Boat HMAS Maryborough has joined Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, a Guardian class patrol boat, for her maiden voyage home.

Fleet Support Unit evolving to meet needs of future fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Krystal Carter spray painting in the  spray booth and baking oven at the Surface Finishing workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West, HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Krystal Carter spray painting in the spray booth and baking oven at the Surface Finishing workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Supporting the Royal Australian Navy Fleet by providing repair and maintenance services is the core function of the Fleet Support Unit and its regional hubs across Australia.

Fleet Air Arm’s firefighting support caps off busy 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm has capped off a high tempo year by supporting firefighting efforts on the east coast of Australia, during one of the most dangerous bushfire periods the nation has ever seen.

723 marks end of decade with busy and rewarding year

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author)

Members of 723 Squadron pictured with families affected by cancer at a static aircraft display at Lake Crackenback Resort, NSW. (photo: )

Members of 723 Squadron pictured with families affected by cancer at a static aircraft display at Lake Crackenback Resort, NSW.

This was a busy year for 723 Squadron and the Joint Helicopter School, with the Squadron’s rate of effort increasing significantly throughout the year.

WO-N recognises “important work” of patrol boat community

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN, and Warrant Officer - Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, came aboard HMAS Larrakia, alongside HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, to present the 2017  crew of HMAS Maryborough with a Joint Operations Command commendation, in recognition of their superior performance of duty during a major fire aboard HMAS Maryborough in 2017. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN, and Warrant Officer - Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, came aboard HMAS Larrakia, alongside HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, to present the 2017 crew of HMAS Maryborough with a Joint Operations Command commendation, in recognition of their superior performance of duty during a major fire aboard HMAS Maryborough in 2017.

Two of Navy's senior leaders visited HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin recently to recognise the work of the patrol boat community this year.

Fleet delivers in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in formation with amphibious landing crafts during Exercise SEA EXPLORER 2019, June 2019. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in formation with amphibious landing crafts during Exercise SEA EXPLORER 2019, June 2019.

The past twelve months have been significant for Navy’s Fleet. Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel have deployed around the world to exercise high-end warfighting capabilities, support maritime security, contribute to multinational operations and engage with Australia’s regional partners.

Overseas deployments the priority in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), Navantia (photographer)

HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta conduct replenishment at sea manoeuvres during transit, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta conduct replenishment at sea manoeuvres during transit, October 2019.

Navy’s Surface Force has capped off a massive year with most of its combatants deploying overseas.

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.