Topic: Establishments, Bases and Headquarters

Simulated environment helps Navy prepare for high-end war games

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Commander Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain Andrew Quinn, left, and Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Commander Ryan Gaskin discuss Fleet Certification Period 2020 during a simulated warfighting exercise at HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Commander Australian Maritime Task Group, Captain Andrew Quinn, left, and Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Commander Ryan Gaskin discuss Fleet Certification Period 2020 during a simulated warfighting exercise at HMAS Watson, Sydney.

Navy’s ability to exercise multiple ships, submarines and aircraft during the Fleet Certification Period 2020 has benefitted from the ability to train in complex scenarios and tactics in a simulated environment.

HMAS Watson ready for redevelopment

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

An aerial view of Royal Australian Navy establishment HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

An aerial view of Royal Australian Navy establishment HMAS Watson, Sydney.

Major redevelopment works are about to commence at HMAS Watson, Navy’s principal warfare and navigation training establishment, preparing Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors of to be able to fight and win at sea.

Brisbane region SES Flood Boat training day at HMAS Moreton

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Anne Mena (author), Mr Col Hortshoj (photographer)

The 28 State Emergency Service participants at the Flood Boat Operator training held at HMAS Moreton. (photo: Mr Col Hortshoj)

The 28 State Emergency Service participants at the Flood Boat Operator training held at HMAS Moreton.

A new boat ramp and training shelter facilities at HMAS Moreton were given the thumbs up by local emergency at a recent training exercise.

New officers inducted at Moreton ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by SMN Mara Johnsen (author and photographer)

Captain Nick Woodley presents an appointment certificate during the New Entry Officers’ Course enlistment ceremony held at HMAS Moreton. (photo: SMN Mara Johnsen)

Captain Nick Woodley presents an appointment certificate during the New Entry Officers’ Course enlistment ceremony held at HMAS Moreton.

HMAS Moreton welcomed 130 guests to the stunning backdrop of the Brisbane River for Defence Force Recruiting to conduct its first New Entry Officers’ Course enlistment ceremony for 2020.

Competition winners get a taste of submarine life

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN (2nd left) stands with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN (2nd left) stands with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West, WA.

A group of young Australians were given the VIP treatment recently when they participated in the National Submarine Competition Tour and Immersion Experience at Fleet Base West.

Bringing in the Lunar New Year in a Dragon Boat

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

The newly formed ‘Mako Paddle Club’ from HMAS Albatross lines up to compete in a dragon boat race at the 2020 Sydney Lunar New Year Festival regatta at Darling Harbour. (photo: Unknown)

The newly formed ‘Mako Paddle Club’ from HMAS Albatross lines up to compete in a dragon boat race at the 2020 Sydney Lunar New Year Festival regatta at Darling Harbour.

Officially formed in November 2019, the Mako Paddle Club recently participated in its first Australian Dragon Boat Federation regatta, at Darling Harbour, during the Sydney Lunar New Year Festival.

Sea trials demonstrate new capability to manage AUVs

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Lieutenant Charlie Kenney attends the Defence Science and Technology Group (DTSG) hosted Summerfest for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, ACT. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Lieutenant Charlie Kenney attends the Defence Science and Technology Group (DTSG) hosted Summerfest for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operations at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, ACT.

A week-long trial led by the Royal Australian Navy and the Defence Science and Technology Group has demonstrated new capability in the use of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Governor-General visits aerial bushfire responders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Paul Berry (photographer), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities. (photo: Chief Petty Officer Paul Berry)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities.

During a visit to the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia recognised the support provided by ADF personnel to emergency services in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Albatross under fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Max Bree (author)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway.

For those at HMAS Albatross it might have been hard to miss the irony of fires threatening the base that has helped to fight bushfires for decades, as flames were seen at the western edge of the airfield near Nowra on the NSW south coast.

Fire operations under threat of fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN thanks Station Officer Stephen Peacock of Broadspectrum firefighting service at HMAS Albatross for their service during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

HMAS Albatross and its resident squadrons have made a significant contribution to the aerial component of the NSW Rural Fire Service’s bushfire operations, but the efforts of the base’s contracted firefighters have been equally important in keeping the Naval Air Station at Albatross in the fight.