Topic: HMAS Coonawarra
The Royal Australian Navy continues to strengthen its presence in Darwin with the Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra appointed as Senior Australian Defence Force Officer (SADFO) of two Top End Defence bases recently.
HMAS Coonawarra has joined with the Darwin community, members of the United States Marines and other Australian Defence Force personnel to commemorate the 76th anniversary of ‘the battle that saved Australia’.
HMAS Coonawarra personnel joined with residents of remote communities in the Top End on Anzac Day to honour the sacrifices made by all servicemen and women past and present.
HMAS Coonawarra's support to Australia's border integrity operations has continued despite the worst cyclone to hit Darwin in 30 years.
A Navy Chaplain was quick to offer help when flood waters forced the evacuation of almost 350 people from remote communities in the Northern Territory recently.
Officers and sailors from HMAS Coonawarra have joined forces with other Australian Defence Force personnel and the local community for the massive clean-up operation following Cyclone Marcus, which struck Darwin on 17th March.
Lieutenant Commander Kate Woodall has taken over as Executive Officer of HMAS Coonawarra in uniquely Darwin style, ‘taking the weight’ in the form of a baby crocodile from her predecessor Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay.
The Royal Australian Navy has taken front stage at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin with the relocation of HMAS Coonawarra Command Headquarters to the entrance of the joint Defence base.
The Royal Australian Navy in Darwin knows too well the devastation of a cyclone. In the early hours of Christmas Day in 1974, Cyclone Tracy ripped HMAS Arrow from her mooring in Darwin Harbour and dashed the patrol boat against Stokes Hill Wharf. Two sailors were killed.
The Northern Territory Government has recognised the integrity and leadership of a HMAS Coonawarra sailor by selecting him as a chaperone on its 2018 Anzac Spirit Study Tour.