Topic: Hydrography and Oceanography

Underwater volcanoes, Gentoo penguins and magnetic currents make for a memorable Peruvian Antarctic deployment

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Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Officer Lieutenant Danielle Britton at Peruvian Antarctic Base Machu Picchu, at Admiralty Bay, King George Island, on board the Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco. (photo: )

Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Officer Lieutenant Danielle Britton at Peruvian Antarctic Base Machu Picchu, at Admiralty Bay, King George Island, on board the Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco.

In the peak of the 2019-20 Antarctic summer, Navy Hydrographer Lieutenant Danielle Britton embarked on a six week voyage to Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands onboard Peruvian Navy polar research vessel BAP Carrasco.

Snow, sea ice and seals - a day out surveying in Antarctica

Published on by LEUT Jared Willans (author)

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members pull up on sea ice during a pause in survey in waters near Davis Research Station, Antarctica. (photo: )

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members pull up on sea ice during a pause in survey in waters near Davis Research Station, Antarctica.

Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit recently conducted survey operations at Davis research station, Antarctica, as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY.

Survey team bikes and hikes in Antarctica

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Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members out for a mountain bike ride in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis Station, Antarctica. L-R: Leading Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operators Tanya Maksimovic and Kirsty Whyatt; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ben Seehars; Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Savas Erginel; and Lieutenant Jared Willans. (photo: Unknown)

Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit members out for a mountain bike ride in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis Station, Antarctica. L-R: Leading Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operators Tanya Maksimovic and Kirsty Whyatt; Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ben Seehars; Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Savas Erginel; and Lieutenant Jared Willans.

Members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit deployed to Antarctica for survey operations took advantage of a public holiday to get off the water for a day and enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the Vestfold Hills that surround Davis research station.

Survival Training Antarctic style

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Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit conduct field survival training at Davis Station, Antarctica. (photo: )

Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit conduct field survival training at Davis Station, Antarctica.

Members of Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit deployed to Davis research station in Antarctica recently, where they completed mandated field survival training and small boats induction, prior to commencing survey tasks in support of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY.

Final LADS flight - a job well done

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Royal Australian Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight crew on completion of the LADS Flight end of service ceremony at Cairns Airport, Queensland. L-R: Petty Officer Jarrod McCann; Chief Petty Officer Luke Heard; LADS Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews; LADS Executive Officer Lieutenant Cheyne Colley; and Leading Seaman John Krasicki. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Royal Australian Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight crew on completion of the LADS Flight end of service ceremony at Cairns Airport, Queensland. L-R: Petty Officer Jarrod McCann; Chief Petty Officer Luke Heard; LADS Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews; LADS Executive Officer Lieutenant Cheyne Colley; and Leading Seaman John Krasicki.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight (LADS) has conducted its final sortie after 26 years of outstanding service.

Navy surveys the sub-Antarctic sea floor

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The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand. (photo: )

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight on the tarmac at Invercargill, New Zealand.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is currently deployed to Invercargill in New Zealand to undertake survey operations over Macquarie Island, a 34km long World Heritage listed island that lies approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica.

Navy airborne survey for Papua New Guinea waters

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LADS flight Dash 8-200 aircraft on the runway in Rabaul, New Guinea. In the background is the volcano which erupted in 1994, resulting in most of the inhabitants of Rabaul moving further around Rabaul Harbour to Kokopo. (photo: Mr Matt Collins)

LADS flight Dash 8-200 aircraft on the runway in Rabaul, New Guinea. In the background is the volcano which erupted in 1994, resulting in most of the inhabitants of Rabaul moving further around Rabaul Harbour to Kokopo.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.

Navy airborne survey for PNG

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Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer LCDR Mark Matthews with POHSM Russell Hinze and Mr Nick Pion (National Maritime Safety Authority) prior to departing for a survey sortie.

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (or LADS) Flight recently commenced a six week deployment to Papua New Guinea, with the Dash 8-200 aircraft operating from Port Moresby whilst deployed.

Survey vessels hit the charts

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

HMAS Mermaid, one of four Paluma class vessels, recently completed an intensive five and a half week training program in North Queensland waters in company with her sister ship HMAS Paluma.

Training to ‘fight and win at sea’ occurs across the Navy every day of the year, but how does that concept map to the hydrographic fleet and their motto ‘diligence and skill’? – step into the world of the Navy’s survey motor launches.

View from the top for Able Seaman

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The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.