Coast series not complete without Navy

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Topic(s): HMAS Creswell, Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography, Imagery Specialists

723 Squadron pilot, Lieutenant Mark Green is interviewed by Great Southern Television for the Coast Australia documentary program. (photo: Unknown)
723 Squadron pilot, Lieutenant Mark Green is interviewed by Great Southern Television for the Coast Australia documentary program.

Navy will again feature in the upcoming series of ‘Coast Australia’ - this time in an episode that focuses on Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast.
In production for its third series, sequences filmed off HMAS Creswell in early March have added to participation from Navy Hydrographers in series two, in an episode looking at the Great Barrier Reef.
Support from Navy was again an obvious choice by documentary makers Great Southern Television noting the long association with the natural harbour of Jervis Bay from both land and sea.
The Royal Australian Naval College was opened on the shores of the Bay in 1913, and its anchorages have been used by naval vessels for over a century.
Commanding Officer Creswell, Captain Stephen Hussey, said his daily norm of training, boatwork, helicopter activities and ship movements in the region would provide compelling viewing for most Australians.
“Even though we’ve been here for more than a hundred years, it’s still important to show the public what we do, in particular our training, and how it contributes to national security,” Captain Hussey said.
Director Matthew Thomason said Navy’s participation was essential due the range of unique and exciting roles undertaken in the region.
“The Australian Navy obviously has a vital presence around our coastline which is why there is a high level of public interest in what it does,” Mr Thomason said.
During a single day, with the support of both Shoalhaven bases, HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell, the documentary makers were able to participate in wet water winching by 723 Squadron, rigid-hulled inflatable boat training and a Colours ceremony.
“We were really impressed with the professionalism and cooperation shown by the Bell 429 helicopter aircrew and members of HMAS Creswell,” Mr Thomason said. 

"It was clear how much pride they take in their work and are a great credit to Navy and the whole of Australia."
Navy Imagery Specialists also supported the shoot, providing additional camera angles and specialist advice on filming Navy evolutions.
The third series of Coast Australia has been commissioned by pay TV provider Foxtel and will be presented by historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver.