Topic: HMAS Newcastle (F06)

Agility on show in Australia's north

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LEUT James Dobson (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle patrols past a gas and oil platform during a North West Shelf patrol. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Newcastle patrols past a gas and oil platform during a North West Shelf patrol.

Exercise NORTHERN SHIELD wrapped up on 10 September in Derby, Western Australia, with more than 1,200 troops and millions of kilograms of equipment returning to bases all over Australia.

Warfare serials unite Red Force for KAKADU final Battle

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.  (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle fires a round from its 76mm gun during an anti-air warfare serial at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Just three days into the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, a task group of six international warships has been locked in a steady battle of anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

Manoeuvres drive interoperability in KAKADU

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN (left) and Sub-Lieutenant Daniel King, RAN during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres aboard HMAS Newcastle at Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Conducting officer-of-the-watch-manoeuvres with warships from four other nations is a daunting prospect even for the most experienced ship handler. The exercise requires an officer to drive a ship at high speeds and at close quarters around other vessels. 

KAKADU sea phase gets underway

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Newcastle conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Darwin during the Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Warships from many of the littoral nations of the Pacific and Indian oceans have sailed out of Darwin to begin the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU, Australia’s largest maritime exercise.

Newcastle shares industry insights

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HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast.

HMAS Newcastle hosted Mr Mark Thomas, Director Projects and Development at Teekay Shipping as part of the Maritime Industry Familiarisation Program, whilst conducting exercises off the Western Australian coast.  

Newcastle fighting fit for challenges ahead

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Jason Tuffrey (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mandy Collie exercises on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle while Japanese Navy Ship, JS Fuyuzuki follows behind during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mandy Collie exercises on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle while Japanese Navy Ship, JS Fuyuzuki follows behind during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

The win at the Exercise KAKADU sports day, beating teams from 19 nations, was no accident for HMAS Newcastle.

Busy time for Newcastle testing UAV capability

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Flight Trials Unit and the Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit teams who joined HMAS Newcastle to conduct first-of-class flight trials - flight operations to assess the operability of the ScanEagle system from a guided missile frigate. (photo: Unknown)

Flight Trials Unit and the Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit teams who joined HMAS Newcastle to conduct first-of-class flight trials - flight operations to assess the operability of the ScanEagle system from a guided missile frigate.

The crew of HMAS Newcastle found their recent Sea Qualification Trials demanding, testing weapons and engineering systems after a lengthy maintenance period.

Sea Training Group embraces innovation and technology

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

Sea Training Group's Warrant Officer Marcus Bent enters performance information into an electronic tablet during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Arunta as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Sea Training Group's Warrant Officer Marcus Bent enters performance information into an electronic tablet during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Arunta as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM.

Pads and pens may soon be a thing of the past for Sea Training Group as Navy’s primary collective training provider embraces technology and innovation to ensure ships are ready for operational deployment.

Exercise STRONGBACK SIM heralds new approach to deployment readiness training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson.

A new era in working towards unit readiness was introduced recently when Exercise STRONGBACK SIM was conducted at Fleet Base West in Western Australia and HMAS Watson in Sydney.


Warm hugs on operations

Published on by CAPT Fiona Bickerstaff (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), POET Olivia Usback (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.
 (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.

Every deployment has its certainties - the absence from family and friends and long hours seven days a week are guaranteed. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers there is now another certainty for Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment - a quilt or laundry bag from Aussie Hero Quilts.