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Graving Dock continues to serve the nation at 75

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

File image: HMAS Adelaide (III) rests on blocks within Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, after entering dry dock for maintenance, in May 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

File image: HMAS Adelaide (III) rests on blocks within Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, after entering dry dock for maintenance, in May 2017.

The Royal Australian Navy’s most important strategic asset, the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, has turned 75 today.

Underwater volcanoes, Gentoo penguins and magnetic currents make for a memorable Peruvian Antarctic deployment

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Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Officer Lieutenant Danielle Britton at Peruvian Antarctic Base Machu Picchu, at Admiralty Bay, King George Island, on board the Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Officer Lieutenant Danielle Britton at Peruvian Antarctic Base Machu Picchu, at Admiralty Bay, King George Island, on board the Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco.

In the peak of the 2019-20 Antarctic summer, Navy Hydrographer Lieutenant Danielle Britton embarked on a six week voyage to Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands onboard Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco.

Maitland strengthens ties with Timor-Leste

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L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Amy Jodrell; Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta; Brazilian Ambassador Aldemo Serafim Garcia Junior; Monsignor Marco Sprizzi of the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican representative); and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Hayley Burke, in Dili, Timor-Leste. (photo: )

L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Amy Jodrell; Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Jose Ramos-Horta; Brazilian Ambassador Aldemo Serafim Garcia Junior; Monsignor Marco Sprizzi of the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican representative); and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Hayley Burke, in Dili, Timor-Leste.

HMAS Maitland completed a port visit to Dili recently that highlighted the Royal Australian Navy’s commitment to regional engagement, welcoming the opportunity to visit an important regional neighbour.

Snow, sea ice and seals - a day out surveying in Antarctica

Published on by LEUT Jared Willans (author)

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members pull up on sea ice during a pause in survey in waters near Davis Research Station, Antarctica. (photo: )

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members pull up on sea ice during a pause in survey in waters near Davis Research Station, Antarctica.

Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit recently conducted survey operations at Davis research station, Antarctica, as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY.

Survey team bikes and hikes in Antarctica

Published on by LEUT Jared Willans (author)

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members out for a mountain bike ride in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis Station, Antarctica. L-R: Leading Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operators Tanya Maksimovic and Kirsty Whyatt; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ben Seehars; Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Savas Erginel; and Lieutenant Jared Willans. (photo: Unknown)

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members out for a mountain bike ride in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis Station, Antarctica. L-R: Leading Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operators Tanya Maksimovic and Kirsty Whyatt; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ben Seehars; Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Savas Erginel; and Lieutenant Jared Willans.

Members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit deployed to Antarctica for survey operations took advantage of a public holiday to get off the water for a day and enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis research station.

Survival Training Antarctic style

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Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit conduct field survival training at Davis Station, Antarctica. (photo: )

Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit conduct field survival training at Davis Station, Antarctica.

Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit deployed to Davis research station in Antarctica recently, where they completed mandated field survival training and small boats induction, prior to commencing survey tasks in support of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY.

Divers rewarded for a year of excellence

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

L-R: Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group, Commander Ryan Post, RAN; Commander Mine Warfare Hydrographic and Patrol Force, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; and Commanding Officer Australian Clearance Diving Team Four (AUSCDT4) Lieutenant Commander Fletcher Wall and personnel from AUSCDT4 with the Rushcutter Shield at AUSCDT4 in Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

L-R: Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group, Commander Ryan Post, RAN; Commander Mine Warfare Hydrographic and Patrol Force, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN; and Commanding Officer Australian Clearance Diving Team Four (AUSCDT4) Lieutenant Commander Fletcher Wall and personnel from AUSCDT4 with the Rushcutter Shield at AUSCDT4 in Fleet Base West, WA.

Australian Clearance Diving Team Four has been formally recognised for an outstanding 2019 with the award of the Rushcutter’s Shield in a presentation ceremony at Fleet Base West.

Inaugural visit to Brunei by HMAS Dechaineux

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince of Brunei and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is welcomed on board by members of the ship’s company of HMAS Dechaineux during a port visit to Brunei. (photo: )

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince of Brunei and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is welcomed on board by members of the ship’s company of HMAS Dechaineux during a port visit to Brunei.

It was a significant occasion in early March for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux as it was the first official port visit conducted by any submarine - from any nation - to the southeast Asian nation.

HMAS Arunta tests missile system after upgrade

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HMAS Arunta fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile off the coast of Western Australia to test its missile systems after undergoing the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

HMAS Arunta fires an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile off the coast of Western Australia to test its missile systems after undergoing the Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade.

Following a 20-month upgrade, Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Arunta has fired its first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) off the coast of Western Australia.

New Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officers ready to lead the way

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Graduating members of the Clearance Diving Officer Course 36 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. From left: Lieutenant Matthew Smith; Lieutenant Samantha McKay; and Lieutenant Joseph Woods. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Graduating members of the Clearance Diving Officer Course 36 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. From left: Lieutenant Matthew Smith; Lieutenant Samantha McKay; and Lieutenant Joseph Woods.

Three officers have graduated this month from the Navy’s most mentally and physically challenging specialist program, the Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer course.