Topic: HMAS Choules (L100)

A time of reflection for sailors

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

L-R: Midshipman Mitch Sutton, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Ethan Macnamara, and ABBM Ben Ashman on the bridge wing of HMAS Choules as the ship returns from Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary celebrations. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

L-R: Midshipman Mitch Sutton, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Ethan Macnamara, and ABBM Ben Ashman on the bridge wing of HMAS Choules as the ship returns from Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

For three HMAS Choules crew members, a recent deployment to support Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary of independence celebrations was a chance to reflect on a significant event in their Navy careers.

French rendezvous for RAN ships

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu.

HMA Ships Choules and Huon and French Navy Ship FS d’Entrecasteaux have conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) and flight training serials in the Pacific Ocean.

Celebrating Vanuatu Independence Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer), LSET James Taylor (photographer)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

A flotilla of Royal Australian Navy small boats have joined their Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing colleagues and a colourful collection of commercial, private and government watercraft in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

Sailor turns early passion into career

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Stacey Harrison, at home amongst HMAS Choules' information hub. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Stacey Harrison, at home amongst HMAS Choules' information hub.

Able Seaman Stacey Harrison has always had an affinity with technology, and when she joined the Navy in 2018 she was ready to turn her self-taught skills in information technology into a new career.

Well-travelled medico prepares for next career challenge

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Jonathan Stacey in the HMAS Choules Medical Centre off the coast of Ulladulla, New South Wales. (photo: LSIS Ryan McKenzie)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Jonathan Stacey in the HMAS Choules Medical Centre off the coast of Ulladulla, New South Wales.

RAN Medical Officer LEUT Jonathon Stacey has packed a lot of variety into his six-year Naval career - he’s been deployed on patrol boats, amphibious landing ships, minehunters and frigates, taking him to ports including Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Guam.

Drinking from the sea

Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules, right, during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Surrounded by water but not a drop to drink. Where does a Royal Australian Navy ship get its drinking water from? HMAS Choules’ water making capability was recently tested when the ship evacuated 1100 people from Mallacoota during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

ADF bond with Mallacoota community forged by fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

Commanding Officer HMAS Choules Commander Scott Houlihan speaks with Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp, APM, during a ceremony held to commemorate the efforts of all involved with the bushfire effort in Mallacoota.

The unveiling of a plaque in the heart of Mallacoota will become a strong symbol of the close bond between the Australian Defence Force and local community forged during the devastating 2019-2020 bushfires.

Army’s Amphibious Beach Team extends Choules’ capabilities on land

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: )

Evacuees are transported from Mallacoota via a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo) transport vessel to awaiting ships during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The ability of Navy and Army to combine for an expanded amphibious capability has been put to the test throughout the ongoing bushfire emergency in south-east Australia this summer.

Logistics sailor credits gap year for providing career direction

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jayden Mansfield onboard HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Twelve months in the ADF Gap Year Program provided the career direction that Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Jayden Mansfield was seeking, but it was the TV series Sea Patrol that first inspired him to join the Royal Australian Navy.

MV Sycamore provides versatility to the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The civilian crew of the Navy-contracted MV Sycamore have relished an expanded role during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 - the ship has modified her operations, away from her usual role, to support the ADF’s bushfire response.