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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.

Exercise has international appeal

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Officers from observer navies in front of the deep submersible vessel onboard the submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Officers from observer navies in front of the deep submersible vessel onboard the submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019.

As well as benefitting the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine community when it comes to search and rescue techniques, lessons learned in Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019 will also be woven into the standard operating procedures of the many countries involved in this year’s exercise.

Ambulance donation a boost for Solomons

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St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara.

Australia has donated a fully equipped ambulance to St John Ambulance Service in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The delivery in late October was facilitated by Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide.

Five Eyes nations remember as Exercise DUGONG commences

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Participants of Exercise DUGONG 2019 at Australian Clearance Diver Team Four, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Participants of Exercise DUGONG 2019 at Australian Clearance Diver Team Four, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Remembrance Day was honoured at Fleet Base West with a ceremony that was attended by the Five Eyes nation participants in the recently commenced Exercise DUGONG 19.

Melville delivers police boat to Loh Island

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Cooper Woods (author), ABHSO Rebecca Churches (photographer), LCDR Sara Barnett (photographer), LCDR Neil Davenport (photographer), CMDR Michael Kumpis (photographer)

HMAS Melville’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett presents Corporal Joe Meto, Vanuatu Police Force with an HMAS Melville plaque on the safe delivery of the Vanuatu Police Boat to Loh Island. (photo: ABHSO Rebecca Churches)

HMAS Melville’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett presents Corporal Joe Meto, Vanuatu Police Force with an HMAS Melville plaque on the safe delivery of the Vanuatu Police Boat to Loh Island.

HMAS Melville has delivered a watercraft from Port Vila to Vanuatu police in the vicinity of Loh Island, enabling the Ni-Vanuatu people to patrol the area, something that was previously not possible.

Joint dive school turns out new Clearance Diver graduates

Published on by LEUT Brendan Taylor (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Basic Clearance Diver Course 086 graduates, from left, Able Seaman Sebastian Hamlyn-Goldsmith; Able Seaman Jasper Ward; Seaman Ra Hunter; Able Seaman Tristan Smith; Able Seaman Brad Trower; Seaman Jake Hampshire; Able Seaman Bradley Telford; Seaman Jared Sibosado; Seaman Danial Smith; and Able Seaman Patrick Hall. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Basic Clearance Diver Course 086 graduates, from left, Able Seaman Sebastian Hamlyn-Goldsmith; Able Seaman Jasper Ward; Seaman Ra Hunter; Able Seaman Tristan Smith; Able Seaman Brad Trower; Seaman Jake Hampshire; Able Seaman Bradley Telford; Seaman Jared Sibosado; Seaman Danial Smith; and Able Seaman Patrick Hall.

On Friday 25 October, Basic Clearance Diving Course 86 graduated at the Australian Defence Force Diving School, after an intensive 12 months of training at HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Penguin, Pittwater Training area, Marrangaroo Training area, Singleton Range and the Shoalwater Bay Training area.

Gliding into the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Emily Kolokotas (author)

The Slocum Glider launch onboard HMAS Melville in the Coral Sea. (photo: )

The Slocum Glider launch onboard HMAS Melville in the Coral Sea.

HMAS Melville has deployed three Slocum Gliders in vicinity of the Coral Sea, as part of the SEA2400 trials and Australia’s continued efforts to test new technology to enhance the hydrographic surveying capabilities of the Navy and the Nation.

 

Final Air Warfare Destroyer completes sea trials

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NUSHIP Sydney during recent sea trials. (photo: Russell Millard)

NUSHIP Sydney during recent sea trials.

The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials.