Section: Fleet

Engineering innovation builds pace at sea in HMAS Melville

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Simon Brown (author)

Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Ryan Schweitzer takes a temperature reading during the prototyping phase of the ventilation system enhancement. (photo: )

Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Ryan Schweitzer takes a temperature reading during the prototyping phase of the ventilation system enhancement.

Engineering innovation onboard HMAS Melville has resulted in an increase in the maximum propulsion power available to support the ship’s involvement in task group operations while improving the normal operating conditions for essential machinery.

Third generation of Sydney service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), AB Daniel Goodman (photographer)

NUSHIP Sydney crew member Midshipman Samantha Horsfield, RAN, (here with NUSHIP Sydney at Fleet Base East, Garden Island) is the third generation of her family to serve on a ship bearing the name Sydney. (photo: AB Daniel Goodman)

NUSHIP Sydney crew member Midshipman Samantha Horsfield, RAN, (here with NUSHIP Sydney at Fleet Base East, Garden Island) is the third generation of her family to serve on a ship bearing the name Sydney.

When Maritime Warfare Officer Midshipman Samantha Horsfield posted to NUSHIP Sydney this year, she became the third generation of her family to serve in a ship bearing one of the Royal Australian Navy’s most famous and historic names.

AI-search achieves higher detection rate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Samara Kitchener (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

Warfare Innovation Navy project manager, Lieutenant Harry Hubbert, on board a C-27J Spartan during an artificial intelligence search and rescue training mission conducted off the coast of Stradbroke Island, Qld. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

Warfare Innovation Navy project manager, Lieutenant Harry Hubbert, on board a C-27J Spartan during an artificial intelligence search and rescue training mission conducted off the coast of Stradbroke Island, Qld.

Airborne search and rescue is an expensive and demanding task, but what if there was a better way? AI-Search, Defence’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) prototype to transform airborne search and rescue, is now in its second phase of development.

Gascoyne’s push to greater efficiency in the water

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment. (photo: LSIS Ryan McKenzie)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment.

HMAS Gascoyne is receiving renewed life through a five-yearly refit, ensuring she remains ready to fight and live up to her motto “Return to the sea”.

Ararat and Maitland rendezvous for seamanship training

Published on by LEUT Matthew Newman (author)

Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin controls HMAS Maitland from the starboard bridge wing as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat prepares to steam alongside HMAS Ararat in waters west of the Tiwi Islands, NT. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin controls HMAS Maitland from the starboard bridge wing as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat prepares to steam alongside HMAS Ararat in waters west of the Tiwi Islands, NT.

The Commanding Officers who made Royal Australian Navy history as the first married couple to command patrol boats at the same time, have found a unique opportunity to rendezvous and test their crews’ seamanship skills.

LHD capability expanded through First of Class Flight Trials

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Christopher Thornton (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Nicholas Simmons of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit enters test flight data from an MH-60R helicopter into the computer onboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Nicholas Simmons of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit enters test flight data from an MH-60R helicopter into the computer onboard HMAS Adelaide.

First of Class Flight Trials on HMAS Adelaide are providing the ship’s Aviation Support team with vital training and the Royal Australian Navy with increased operational capability.

Royal Thai Navy officer marks career milestone on board Choules

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Patrick Stafford (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Midshipman Theeratiphong Pannil of the Royal Thai Navy is presented with a certificate of promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant by Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan RAN, CSM at a ceremony held aboard HMAS Choules, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

Midshipman Theeratiphong Pannil of the Royal Thai Navy is presented with a certificate of promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant by Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan RAN, CSM at a ceremony held aboard HMAS Choules, Garden Island, Sydney.

Royal Thai Navy Officer Theeratiphong Pannil has marked a significant milestone in his Naval career with promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant while on an exchange program with the Royal Australian Navy.

Island running tracks offer something for everyone

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

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval.

HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West personnel may have noticed a number of unusual marker posts with various coloured geometric shapes popping up around Garden Island recently and wondered just what they are.

Chief of Navy announces names of new offshore patrol vessels

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), Russell Millard (photographer)

Evyenia Kontakos, left, 4th year apprentice welder and boilermaker from the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC); and Commodore Steve Tiffen, CSM, RAN, Director General, Naval Construction Branch, hammer wedges to secure the Chief of Navy's ceremonial coin into place during the keel laying ceremony of OPV 2, NUSHIP Eyre. (photo: Russell Millard)

Evyenia Kontakos, left, 4th year apprentice welder and boilermaker from the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC); and Commodore Steve Tiffen, CSM, RAN, Director General, Naval Construction Branch, hammer wedges to secure the Chief of Navy's ceremonial coin into place during the keel laying ceremony of OPV 2, NUSHIP Eyre.

During the ceremonial keel laying for the second Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, announced the names of the next five vessels.

Remembering the first Vampire

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

Having only served little more than two years at war, HMAS Vampire (I) - a V Class Destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy - had already earned five Battle Honours: Calabria 1940, Libya 1940-41, Greece 1941, Crete 1941 and Indian Ocean 1941-42.