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Land dangers for Navy divers

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Leading Seaman Thomas Buchanan (left) and Constable Peter Rivivere of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force examine two US M43A1 81mm mortars fitted with Type 52 Point Detonating fuses. The two shells will be collected by an Operation Render Safe 16 field team and be moved to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility at Hells Point for destruction.

Navy's Clearance Diving Team One personnel traded their fins for combat boots during land clearance operations in the Solomon Islands for Operation RENDER SAFE.

HMAS Huon explosive on operations

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Clearance Diver Matthew Ryan, of HMAS Huon, prepares to dive with a batch of explosives for underwater explosive ordnance disposal in the Solomon Islands on 29 September, 2016, during Operation Render Safe.  (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Clearance Diver Matthew Ryan, of HMAS Huon, prepares to dive with a batch of explosives for underwater explosive ordnance disposal in the Solomon Islands on 29 September, 2016, during Operation Render Safe.

Australian minehunter HMAS Huon is one of a trio of vessels that have made a significant contribution to Operation RENDER SAFE 16 in the Solomon Islands.

Clearance Divers feel weight of mission

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers collect explosive remnants of war from the shallow waters at Hells Point during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.  (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers collect explosive remnants of war from the shallow waters at Hells Point during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

Sydney-based Royal Australian Navy clearance divers hauled in over 3.5 tonnes of Second World War munitions from the water off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in a single morning during Operation RENDER SAFE.

Divers detect dangers in the deep

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers prepare to destroy explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers prepare to destroy explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

A team of Royal Australian Navy clearance divers have been working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force on Guadalcanal during Operation RENDER SAFE 16 to enhance the underwater clearance capability of the Solomon team.

Minehunters rendering safe

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Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers, from HMAS Diamantina, conduct clearing operations of explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers, from HMAS Diamantina, conduct clearing operations of explosive remnants of war during Operation Render Safe 2016 in the Solomon Islands.

HMA Ships Diamantina and Huon have spent two weeks finding and destroying unexploded Second World War munitions in the waters around the Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE.

Anti-drug operations form bond

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Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth. (photo: LEUT Morris)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean region, under the command of Combined Task Force 150. 

Gap year students join Gascoyne

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Royal Australian Navy Gap Year Seamen, Jesse O'Sullivan, Johaline Enslin and Jack Wilson onboard HMAS Gascoyne as they sail off the coast of Cooktown in Far North Queensland. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Royal Australian Navy Gap Year Seamen, Jesse O'Sullivan, Johaline Enslin and Jack Wilson onboard HMAS Gascoyne as they sail off the coast of Cooktown in Far North Queensland.

Three Gap Year students embarked in Sydney-based minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne during a deployment to far North Queensland, were exposed to more than just routine seamanship while onboard.

Warfare dynasty in the making

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Hannah Phelps of HMAS Success on the forecastle of her ship, alongside Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Hannah Phelps of HMAS Success on the forecastle of her ship, alongside Garden Island Naval Base, Sydney.

Lieutenant Hannah Phelps joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer because she thought it would be an “exciting and rewarding career”.

From Queensland Police Force to Kabul

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Leading Seaman Detering in the Middle East (photo: Unkwnown)

Leading Seaman Detering in the Middle East

Providing training in Iraq is a world away from detective work in Queensland, but that was part of Leading Seaman Joanne Detering’s job description after becoming the first Australian Defence Force Investigative Service member to enlist through Navy’s mid-career entry initiative.

Navigating a warfare career

Published on by LEUT Miah Hammond-Errey (author), CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Unknown (photographer)

(L-R) Sub-Lieutenant Brandon Taylor, Navigation Officer, Lieutenant Andrew Leupen and Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Northcote, onboard HMAS Diamantina conduct manoeuvres with HMAS Huon. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Sub-Lieutenant Brandon Taylor, Navigation Officer, Lieutenant Andrew Leupen and Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Northcote, onboard HMAS Diamantina conduct manoeuvres with HMAS Huon.

It takes a whole Navy to train the senior service's future warship captains, with experiences ashore, and at sea, and classroom theory combining to prepare officers for the demanding role.