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Navy One counts down to Sydney to Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CYCA/Hamish Hardy (photographer)

Navy One, the Royal Australian Navy's entry in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, during the recent Bird Island Race in Sydney. (photo: CYCA/Hamish Hardy)

Navy One, the Royal Australian Navy's entry in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, during the recent Bird Island Race in Sydney.

With the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race only weeks away, the crew of Navy’s entry Navy One have victory in their sights.

Improving Indian Ocean maritime security

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Corbin McCullough (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commodore Network Communications, Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunissery Mallath; Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; and the Deputy to the Assistant to Chief of Indonesian Navy Staff for Planning and Budgeting, Commodore Erwin Aldedharma sign a copy of the Minutes, signifying the completion of the inaugural Trilateral Maritime Security Workshop held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Commodore Network Communications, Commodore Ramakrishnan Kunissery Mallath; Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath, RAN; and the Deputy to the Assistant to Chief of Indonesian Navy Staff for Planning and Budgeting, Commodore Erwin Aldedharma sign a copy of the Minutes, signifying the completion of the inaugural Trilateral Maritime Security Workshop held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

An important step forward was taken in Fremantle this week, as the navies of Australia, India and Indonesia came together for the first time to discuss mutual maritime security objectives.

Disaster on the table during Fiji exercise

Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author)

ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji. (photo: )

ADF personnel attend the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise during the Joint Task Group 637.3 visit to Suva, Fiji.

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office hosted Australian Defence Force Joint Task Force 637.3 personnel on 20 November at a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief tabletop exercise in Suva, Fiji.

Japanese first for Australian task group command element

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle.

An Australian command task group element was based in a Japanese ship for the first time during a mine counter-measures exercise in Japan.

Proven service - 723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires.

PACIFIC REACH proves submarine rescue techniques

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019.

Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019 has been deemed an outstanding success as the sea-phase of the exercise came to a close off the coast of Western Australia.

Christmas comes early

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra.

Every year the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund spreads Christmas cheer, and this year hundreds of Navy members will enjoy a happier Stand Down period after being granted loans to help them with some of the extra costs of the holiday season.

Pacific mates make friendly rivals on the sporting field

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The islands of Tonga set the scene for some friendly competition during Joint Task Group 637.3’s recent visit to the Pacific nation’s capital Nuku’alofa. HMAF members joined personnel from HMA Ships Adelaide, Melville and Larrakia for touch football.

SEA1770 capability on track for geospatial survey teams

Published on by AB Kate Buchanan (author)

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is transported to a launch site at sea by a Royal Australian Navy Geospatial Survey team. (photo: )

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is transported to a launch site at sea by a Royal Australian Navy Geospatial Survey team.

Project SEA1770’s aim is to modernise the approach Hydrographers have to Rapid Environmental Assessment. The Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanic Group’s four Deployable Geospatial Survey Teams have been introducing a number of new capabilities since the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit was stood up in October 2018.

Plain sailing for naval diplomacy in Darwin

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Darren Rushworth centre, with the crew of the Indonesian Navy sail training vessel KRI Bima Suci, at the Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Darren Rushworth centre, with the crew of the Indonesian Navy sail training vessel KRI Bima Suci, at the Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, NT.

The ability of naval diplomacy to strengthen bilateral defence ties was on show when Indonesian Navy tall ship KRI Bima Suci sailed into Darwin Harbour recently, during a four-month annual training voyage across the Indo-Pacific with more than 100 officer cadets.