Section: Fleet

Ararat and Maitland rendezvous for seamanship training

Published on by LEUT Matthew Newman (author)

Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin controls HMAS Maitland from the starboard bridge wing as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat prepares to steam alongside HMAS Ararat in waters west of the Tiwi Islands, NT. (photo: )

Lieutenant Commander Julia Griffin controls HMAS Maitland from the starboard bridge wing as the Armidale Class Patrol Boat prepares to steam alongside HMAS Ararat in waters west of the Tiwi Islands, NT.

The Commanding Officers who made Royal Australian Navy history as the first married couple to command patrol boats at the same time, have found a unique opportunity to rendezvous and test their crews’ seamanship skills.

LHD capability expanded through First of Class Flight Trials

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Christopher Thornton (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Nicholas Simmons of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit enters test flight data from an MH-60R helicopter into the computer onboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Nicholas Simmons of the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit enters test flight data from an MH-60R helicopter into the computer onboard HMAS Adelaide.

First of Class Flight Trials on HMAS Adelaide are providing the ship’s Aviation Support team with vital training and the Royal Australian Navy with increased operational capability.

Royal Thai Navy officer marks career milestone on board Choules

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Patrick Stafford (author), LSIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Midshipman Theeratiphong Pannil of the Royal Thai Navy is presented with a certificate of promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant by Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan RAN, CSM at a ceremony held aboard HMAS Choules, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Steven Thomson)

Midshipman Theeratiphong Pannil of the Royal Thai Navy is presented with a certificate of promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant by Commanding Officer HMAS Choules, Commander Scott Houlihan RAN, CSM at a ceremony held aboard HMAS Choules, Garden Island, Sydney.

Royal Thai Navy Officer Theeratiphong Pannil has marked a significant milestone in his Naval career with promotion to the rank of Sub Lieutenant while on an exchange program with the Royal Australian Navy.

Island running tracks offer something for everyone

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Gregory Smith kneeling on the new running track at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval.

HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West personnel may have noticed a number of unusual marker posts with various coloured geometric shapes popping up around Garden Island recently and wondered just what they are.

Chief of Navy announces names of new offshore patrol vessels

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), Russell Millard (photographer)

Evyenia Kontakos, left, 4th year apprentice welder and boilermaker from the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC); and Commodore Steve Tiffen, CSM, RAN, Director General, Naval Construction Branch, hammer wedges to secure the Chief of Navy's ceremonial coin into place during the keel laying ceremony of OPV 2, NUSHIP Eyre. (photo: Russell Millard)

Evyenia Kontakos, left, 4th year apprentice welder and boilermaker from the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC); and Commodore Steve Tiffen, CSM, RAN, Director General, Naval Construction Branch, hammer wedges to secure the Chief of Navy's ceremonial coin into place during the keel laying ceremony of OPV 2, NUSHIP Eyre.

During the ceremonial keel laying for the second Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, announced the names of the next five vessels.

Remembering the first Vampire

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photo: )

V Class Destroyer HMAS Vampire (I). Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive.

Having only served little more than two years at war, HMAS Vampire (I) - a V Class Destroyer in the Royal Australian Navy - had already earned five Battle Honours: Calabria 1940, Libya 1940-41, Greece 1941, Crete 1941 and Indian Ocean 1941-42.

Adelaide departs Sydney to maintain Navy preparedness

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy 816 Squadron's MH-60 Romeo helicopter 'Cobra 15' prepares to land onboard HMAS Adelaide as she departs Sydney for First of Class Flight Trials. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Royal Australian Navy 816 Squadron's MH-60 Romeo helicopter 'Cobra 15' prepares to land onboard HMAS Adelaide as she departs Sydney for First of Class Flight Trials.

HMAS Adelaide has left its home port in Sydney to conduct First of Class Flight Trials for the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopters off the coast of Queensland.

Navy steps up to give blood

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Lieutenant Natasha Callan donates blood at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre at Town Hall, Sydney.

Navy’s commitment to the community has been highlighted yet again with a group of Royal Australian Navy personnel answering a new call for blood donors.

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.

Recognition for a job well done

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN presented Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Scott Anderson with a Fleet Commander's Silver Commendation during his visit to 808 Squadron. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

(Please note that this image was taken before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions were put in place). Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN presented Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Scott Anderson with a Fleet Commander's Silver Commendation during his visit to 808 Squadron.

Personnel at HMAS Albatross have been recognised for a range of achievements, with awards and medals presented by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, during a recent visit.