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Defence Seaworthiness Symposium 2020

Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019. (photo: )

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN delivers his opening address at the inaugural Defence Seaworthiness Conference held at Adams Hall, ADFA, Canberra in November 2019.

The annual Defence Seaworthiness Symposium will once again be held at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra on 17 September 2020.

WWII submariners remembered in Albany ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Lee Griffith (photographer)

Current and former members of the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy at the commemoration service for World War II submariners, in Albany, WA. (This event was held in accordance with State Govt regulations on public gatherings). (photo: Lee Griffith)

Current and former members of the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy at the commemoration service for World War II submariners, in Albany, WA. (This event was held in accordance with State Govt regulations on public gatherings).

Current and former members of the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy gathered in the Western Australian city of Albany on 28 August to remember submariners who lost their lives during World War II operations out of the port city.

Remembering the end of WWII, 2 September 1945

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

Australian delegates at the Japanese surrender ceremony on board USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. L-R, back row: Captain J Balfour; Lieutenant Colonel DH Dwyer; Air Vice Marshal G Jones; Lieutenant General FH Berryman; Commodore JA Collins. Front row: Rear Admiral G Moore; General Sir Thomas Blamey (who signed for Australia); and Air Vice Marshal WD Bostock. (Australian War Memorial Collection 019136) (photo: )

Australian delegates at the Japanese surrender ceremony on board USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945. L-R, back row: Captain J Balfour; Lieutenant Colonel DH Dwyer; Air Vice Marshal G Jones; Lieutenant General FH Berryman; Commodore JA Collins. Front row: Rear Admiral G Moore; General Sir Thomas Blamey (who signed for Australia); and Air Vice Marshal WD Bostock. (Australian War Memorial Collection 019136)

It was a cloudy day on 2 September 1945 in Tokyo Bay, Japan. A large Allied had gathered over the preceding two weeks enabling all parties involved of the War in the Pacific to attend the final surrender of Japan.

HMAS Sirius critical to success of international maritime exercises

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Sirius conducts a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Stuart and JS Ise as they sail in company through the southern waters of Hawaii as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2020. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Sirius conducts a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Stuart and JS Ise as they sail in company through the southern waters of Hawaii as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2020.

HMAS Sirius has proven invaluable during her current deployment, not only to the Australian ships in the Task Group but to multiple partner nations who have benefited from the replenishment support that Australia’s only tanker provides.

Navy excels during live missile firing

Published on by LCDR Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Stuart conducts a live harpoon missile firing off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise RIMPAC 2020. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Stuart conducts a live harpoon missile firing off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise RIMPAC 2020.

The Royal Australian Navy has proven its warfighting capability with devastating effect at Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), with HMAS Stuart successfully firing two harpoon missiles and coordinating the missile firings of three other ships during one of RIMPAC’s best-known serials, SINKEX.

Leeuwin takes to local waters for intensive training

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), LEUT Leigh Guilmartin (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland. (photo: LEUT Leigh Guilmartin)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland.

HMAS Leeuwin has spent two weeks conducting intensive training and evaluation in beautiful weather off Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, in preparation for operational taskings later this year.

Unexpected wins for training innovation

Published on by Mr Andrew Cox (author)

Leading Seaman Emma Stewart instructs a class after gaining the Navy and ADF Instructor proficiencies at TA-AVN. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Emma Stewart instructs a class after gaining the Navy and ADF Instructor proficiencies at TA-AVN.

The challenges of 2020 have spurred multiple innovations in the way that Navy delivers training, ensuring that essential training continues to be delivered safely, and that Navy can meet strategic and operational workforce requirements.

Force protection takes a lifesaving spin

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cerys Zurek during a force protection exercise onboard HMAS Ballarat, off the coast of Jervis Bay, ACT. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cerys Zurek during a force protection exercise onboard HMAS Ballarat, off the coast of Jervis Bay, ACT.

Force protection training onboard HMAS Ballarat has taken a lifesaving spin, with the Boatswain Mates treated to a dedicated exercise on how to save themselves, and their mates, while under battle fire.

Gap years gain sea legs

Published on by MIDN Lloyd Skinner and MIDN Jack Meadows (author)

L-R: Midshipman (MIDN) James Thompson, MIDN Harrison MacNeill, Seaman John Roberts, MIDN Lloyd Skinner, MIDN Anna Roberts and MIDN Lane Wilson on HMAS Adelaide's flight deck as the ship returned to Garden Island after three weeks at sea. (photo: Unknown)

L-R: Midshipman (MIDN) James Thompson, MIDN Harrison MacNeill, Seaman John Roberts, MIDN Lloyd Skinner, MIDN Anna Roberts and MIDN Lane Wilson on HMAS Adelaide's flight deck as the ship returned to Garden Island after three weeks at sea.

Navy Gap Year Sailors and Officers recently had their first sea-time experience aboard the RAN's largest ship, HMAS Adelaide, setting sail for de-ammunitioning in Eden, and patrol exercises in Bass Strait.

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.