Section: Fleet

Innovative Navy aviator builds new model for deployable capability

Published on by CPO Chris Marsh (author), LACW Jacqueline Forester (photographer)

Able Seaman Zacharie Wright-Hansen, right, last year at the Sea Power Conference with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, centre, and Seaman Rosemaree Scarpino. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forester)

Able Seaman Zacharie Wright-Hansen, right, last year at the Sea Power Conference with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, centre, and Seaman Rosemaree Scarpino.

The deployable nature of maritime aviation is ever-evolving, with its assets required in areas as diverse as the back of a ship, embarked on a C-17 or land-based.

Remembering our role in the Battle of the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

HMAS Australia (II) during WWII. Image scanned from Navy Historic Archive.

Today, many Australians are unaware that the Battle of the Coral Sea was fought in waters that lap Queensland’s coast. However, in 1942, with fears that Australia was facing invasion, our population understood all too well the importance of it.

Engineers prove up to the challenge on board Navy's largest warship

Published on by SBLT Joseph Melbin (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Scott Soeberg conducts routine checks in the engineering spaces aboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Scott Soeberg conducts routine checks in the engineering spaces aboard HMAS Adelaide.

As HMAS Adelaide moved towards conclusion of First of Class Flight Trials off the coast of Queensland, her 130-strong engineering team had reason to look proudly back at their achievements during the challenging maintenance period that preceded the trials.

First Navy graduates of Air Force personnel capability course

Published on by FLGOFF Lily Lancaster (author)

Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing) (photo: )

Navy Maritime Human resources Officers Lieutenant Karen Dwyer and Lieutenant Megan Haines graduate from the RAAF Personnel Capability Officer Initial Course. (Images were taken separately due to physical distancing requirements, and stitched together in post-editing)

Birthday celebrations were in order last month when Air Force and Navy together welcomed Navy’s newest specialisation, Maritime Human Resources.

Reservist test pilot returns for flight trials in HMAS Adelaide

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy is currently completing reserve time onboard HMAS Adelaide as an MH-60 Romeo test pilot for the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy is currently completing reserve time onboard HMAS Adelaide as an MH-60 Romeo test pilot for the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit.

Flying helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy is a childhood dream come true for Lieutenant Commander Michael Hardy - he grew up watching Westland Sea King and Douglas A4 Skyhawk aircraft fly overhead from nearby HMAS Albatross.

Directorate of Navy Culture celebrates first anniversary

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Rebecca Wilson (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Directorate of Navy Culture team members during the Navy Emerging Leaders Forum held at Esplanade By Rydges in Fremantle, WA, November 2019. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Directorate of Navy Culture team members during the Navy Emerging Leaders Forum held at Esplanade By Rydges in Fremantle, WA, November 2019.

A year of optimising Navy’s culture was marked on the first day of April, when the Directorate of Navy Culture celebrated its first anniversary.

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.

Third generation of Sydney service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), AB Daniel Goodman (photographer)

NUSHIP Sydney crew member Midshipman Samantha Horsfield, RAN, (here with NUSHIP Sydney at Fleet Base East, Garden Island) is the third generation of her family to serve on a ship bearing the name Sydney. (photo: AB Daniel Goodman)

NUSHIP Sydney crew member Midshipman Samantha Horsfield, RAN, (here with NUSHIP Sydney at Fleet Base East, Garden Island) is the third generation of her family to serve on a ship bearing the name Sydney.

When Maritime Warfare Officer Midshipman Samantha Horsfield posted to NUSHIP Sydney this year, she became the third generation of her family to serve in a ship bearing one of the Royal Australian Navy’s most famous and historic names.

AI-search achieves higher detection rate

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Samara Kitchener (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

Warfare Innovation Navy project manager, Lieutenant Harry Hubbert, on board a C-27J Spartan during an artificial intelligence search and rescue training mission conducted off the coast of Stradbroke Island, Qld. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

Warfare Innovation Navy project manager, Lieutenant Harry Hubbert, on board a C-27J Spartan during an artificial intelligence search and rescue training mission conducted off the coast of Stradbroke Island, Qld.

Airborne search and rescue is an expensive and demanding task, but what if there was a better way? AI-Search, Defence’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) prototype to transform airborne search and rescue, is now in its second phase of development.

Gascoyne’s push to greater efficiency in the water

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment. (photo: LSIS Ryan McKenzie)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment.

HMAS Gascoyne is receiving renewed life through a five-yearly refit, ensuring she remains ready to fight and live up to her motto “Return to the sea”.