Topic: HMAS Melville (A246)

Melville marks World Hydrography Day doing what she does best

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Meeka Brooks (author)

HMAS Melville deploys a Slocum Glider, November 2019. (photo: MIDN Kolokotas)

HMAS Melville deploys a Slocum Glider, November 2019.

Today is World Hydrography Day and HMAS Melville will mark the day at sea, as the Hydrographic Survey crew continues ongoing survey operations in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay.

Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Brenton Fairall (author)

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings. (photo: )

HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville were originally painted white, in line with the Royal Navy’s paint scheme for tropical survey operations. They were painted grey in January 2002 as they began to take on a broader range of maritime taskings.

On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns.

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.

Melville turns a ship’s tour into an opportunity to build Navy’s workforce

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

HMAS Melville proceeding to sea. (photo: )

HMAS Melville proceeding to sea.

A ship’s tour of HMAS Melville recently turned into a sea training deployment opportunity for six gap year sailors from Cairns and Darwin, resulting in some signing up for a Navy career.

A year of small ships doing big things

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019.

The vessels and teams of Navy’s Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological, Oceanographic and Patrol Force might be among the smallest in the Fleet, but their achievements in 2019 rival those of the largest major surface ships.

Survey skills strengthened through Aus-Tonga exchange

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Nicholas Rubendra (author and photographer), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: MIDN Nicholas Rubendra )

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The ship’s company of the Leeuwin-class survey ship HMAS Melville provided assistance to the maritime branch of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga during a recent task group visit to Nuku’alofa.

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.

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.

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.

 

Surveying Dampier Strait ‘with determination’

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Matthew Rodert (author)

HMAS Melville conducts survey operations in Papua New Guinean waters.

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HMAS Melville conducts survey operations in Papua New Guinean waters.

As part of the Royal Australian Navy’s ongoing commitment to its historically strong partnership with its regional neighbour Papua New Guinea, a number of Hydrographic Surveying vessels have been deployed to improve charting accuracy in the region.