As Navy’s Fleet and war-fighting capabilities continue to grow with significant investments, 2019 has also been an important year to sustain that capability with improvements to its facilities on shore.
Two Royal Australian Navy Minehunters, HMAS Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne, have returned home just in time for Christmas, following a successful overseas deployment that saw them travel a record distance.
HMAS Cerberus has been named the recipient of the Governor’s Cup for 2019, an award presented to the Royal Australian Navy Shore Establishment that has excelled in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the Fleet.
As a milestone year for the Royal Australian Navy’s evolution towards concurrent task group operations draws to a close, the ‘con’ of Navy’s Maritime Operations organisation has transitioned from Commodore Matt Buckley to Commodore Darren Grogan.
In an era when Navy is prioritising its people, the officers and sailors of HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne can attest that the tide is turning in the right direction as a number of initiatives were implemented for their recent Maritime East Asia Deployment.
Female marine technicians are rarely seen serving in Huon-class minehunters. Two female ‘stokers’ are currently bucking the trend - both serving in HMAS Diamantina.
Three Royal Australian Navy warships have returned to Sydney following a three month deployment through East Asia. HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta were the lead element of a Task Group of eleven vessels deployed to the region since September.
The HMAS Stuart Engineering team maintained a steady pace of work, study and training during their East Asia Deployment, resulting in 12 new qualifications since the ship left Fleet Base East in late September.
In a first for the Royal Australian Navy, HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne completed a complex dual refuel and stores replenishment with Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Japanese Ship Uraga.
Members of the Australian and Indonesian navies held a triumphant closing ceremony on board HMAS Arunta to mark the successful completion of Exercise NEW HORIZON 2019.