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From septic tank to world class dive training facility – HMAS Penguin’s old pool gets a new lease of life

Published on by WO John O’Brien (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Officer In Charge of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School, Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford CSC, RAN, and Officer In Charge of the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit, Lieutenant Commander Joel Hissink, RAN, are the first to jump into the refurbished RAN Diving Training Facility Pool at HMAS Penguin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Officer In Charge of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School, Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford CSC, RAN, and Officer In Charge of the Submarine and Underwater Medicine Unit, Lieutenant Commander Joel Hissink, RAN, are the first to jump into the refurbished RAN Diving Training Facility Pool at HMAS Penguin.

As the former commanding officer of Navy's dive school, a mine clearance diver and member of the SAS, Commodore Russ Baker (retired) has many stories to tell about the old pool at HMAS Penguin.

Sydneysiders say hello to Navy's newest maritime combat helicopter

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Stock image: The Royal Australian Navy's latest helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk, flies past the Navy's latest ship, HMAS Canberra in Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Stock image: The Royal Australian Navy's latest helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk, flies past the Navy's latest ship, HMAS Canberra in Sydney, NSW.

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, was introduced to the Australian public on 14 November with a spectacular flight over some of Sydney Harbour's most iconic sites.

Final farewell for landing craft

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

The decommissioning guard from HMA Ships Tarakan, Labuan and Brunei stand at ease. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes )

The decommissioning guard from HMA Ships Tarakan, Labuan and Brunei stand at ease.

As the sun slipped below the horizon, the Australian White Ensign was lowered for the final time on Navy’s three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (LCH).

Newcastle hosts Air Warfare Destroyer Engineering Specialist

Published on by SBLT Richard Norman (author), ABEW Courtney Irvine (photographer)

Mr Simon Wong from Defence Materiel Organisation looks through the Port Bridge Wing binoculars during his sea ride on HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABEW Courtney Irvine)

Mr Simon Wong from Defence Materiel Organisation looks through the Port Bridge Wing binoculars during his sea ride on HMAS Newcastle.

Defence Materiel Organisation engineer Mr Simon Wong believes his recent sea riding experience in the guided missile frigate  HMAS Newcastle has provided invaluable insight into what to expect when he conducts sea trials in NUSHIP Hobart next year.

Diamantina to the turtle rescue

Published on by LCDR Iain Hutchins (author), LEUT Keith Whitehead (photographer)

Abel Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Bird (left) and Leading Aircraftman Aiden Galea free a turtle from a discarded fishing net in northern Australian waters. (photo: LEUT Keith Whitehead)

Abel Seaman Clearance Diver Daniel Bird (left) and Leading Aircraftman Aiden Galea free a turtle from a discarded fishing net in northern Australian waters.

HMAS Diamantina has come to the aid of three turtles trapped in discarded fishing nets during a patrol near the Tiwi Islands in Northern Australia.

'Bandie' honoured in art

Published on by LEUT Debra Holland (author), ABCSO Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Musician Fred Whitson presents a painting of Leading Seaman Musician Colin Hughes to Colin's Wife, Mrs Kay Hughes. Leading Seaman Hughes was killed by a drunk driver while on duty in Cairns in 2012. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Musician Fred Whitson presents a painting of Leading Seaman Musician Colin Hughes to Colin's Wife, Mrs Kay Hughes. Leading Seaman Hughes was killed by a drunk driver while on duty in Cairns in 2012.

Life in the Royal Australian Navy can be like a tight-knit family and that sentiment is no less keenly felt than among 'bandies' - the members of the Royal Australian Navy Band detachments across the country.

Romeo on Show in USA

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author)

Members of the public inspect the new Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R helicopter during the 2014 Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Air Show. (photo: Unknown)

Members of the public inspect the new Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R helicopter during the 2014 Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Air Show.

The Royal Australian Navy's latest aviation acquisition has been on display at a recent airshow in Florida. 

Anzac’s crew brings home a new capability

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour as she makes her way to home port, Fleet Base East. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour as she makes her way to home port, Fleet Base East.

After over six months away from their homeport of Fleet Base East, the crew of HMAS Anzac has returned home with an upgraded ship that brings new capabilities to the Royal Australian Navy.

Fine Navy form in Fremantle

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Lieutenant Alan Clarke, RAN shows off ships fire fighting equipment to Myles Geraghty, age 9 on the flight deck of HMAS Arunta as part of the Maritime Day in Fremantle, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Lieutenant Alan Clarke, RAN shows off ships fire fighting equipment to Myles Geraghty, age 9 on the flight deck of HMAS Arunta as part of the Maritime Day in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Twenty six thousand locals spent a beautiful Spring day at the Port of Fremantle experiencing the sights, sounds and taste of all things maritime on 8 November. The annual Maritime Day at Fremantle Port hosted 45 organisations with stalls, demonstrations and ships open to visitors.

Rendezvous at sea

Published on by LEUT Keith Whitehead (author), French Navy Photographer (photographer), LEUT Keith Whitehead (photographer)

French Ship Vendemiaire sails alongside HMAS Diamantina during in company training at sea.

 (photo: French Navy Photographer)

French Ship Vendemiaire sails alongside HMAS Diamantina during in company training at sea.

French Navy ship FS Vendemiaire and HMAS Diamantina had a sea-borne rendezvous on 29 October, conducting exercises prior to visiting the port of Darwin.