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Japanese first for Australian task group command element

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Command Task Group embarked in Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Uraga stand with Commander Mine Sweeper Division 1, Captain Masahiko Koseki, third from left. RAN personnel, L-R: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Lister; Commander Brett Dawe; Lieutenant Daniel Iwata; and Petty Officer Alana Doyle.

An Australian command task group element was based in a Japanese ship for the first time during a mine counter-measures exercise in Japan.

Proven service - 723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires.

PACIFIC REACH proves submarine rescue techniques

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Rescue Submarine LR5 is winched out of the water and onto the deck after completing a sortie to the Republic of Korea Submarine ROKS Lee Sun Sin located on the sea floor during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019.

Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019 has been deemed an outstanding success as the sea-phase of the exercise came to a close off the coast of Western Australia.

Christmas comes early

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Chair of the RAN Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Commodore Shane Glassock, right, and Leading Seaman Jo Andrews finish processing another batch of RANRTF Christmas Loans at Campbell Park, Canberra.

Every year the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund spreads Christmas cheer, and this year hundreds of Navy members will enjoy a happier Stand Down period after being granted loans to help them with some of the extra costs of the holiday season.

Pacific mates make friendly rivals on the sporting field

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The islands of Tonga set the scene for some friendly competition during Joint Task Group 637.3’s recent visit to the Pacific nation’s capital Nuku’alofa. HMAF members joined personnel from HMA Ships Adelaide, Melville and Larrakia for touch football.

SEA1770 capability on track for geospatial survey teams

Published on by AB Kate Buchanan (author)

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is transported to a launch site at sea by a Royal Australian Navy Geospatial Survey team. (photo: )

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is transported to a launch site at sea by a Royal Australian Navy Geospatial Survey team.

Project SEA1770’s aim is to modernise the approach Hydrographers have to Rapid Environmental Assessment. The Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanic Group’s four Deployable Geospatial Survey Teams have been introducing a number of new capabilities since the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit was stood up in October 2018.

Plain sailing for naval diplomacy in Darwin

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Darren Rushworth centre, with the crew of the Indonesian Navy sail training vessel KRI Bima Suci, at the Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Darren Rushworth centre, with the crew of the Indonesian Navy sail training vessel KRI Bima Suci, at the Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, NT.

The ability of naval diplomacy to strengthen bilateral defence ties was on show when Indonesian Navy tall ship KRI Bima Suci sailed into Darwin Harbour recently, during a four-month annual training voyage across the Indo-Pacific with more than 100 officer cadets.

Exercise has international appeal

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

Officers from observer navies in front of the deep submersible vessel onboard the submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Officers from observer navies in front of the deep submersible vessel onboard the submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda during Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019.

As well as benefitting the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine community when it comes to search and rescue techniques, lessons learned in Exercise PACIFIC REACH 2019 will also be woven into the standard operating procedures of the many countries involved in this year’s exercise.

Ambulance donation a boost for Solomons

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St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

St John Ambulance Service Solomon Islands Chairman Sir Douglas Kelson, MBE, MES, CStJ, centre, is presented the keys to an ambulance donated by Australia from Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley, RAN, right, and Colonel Kim Gilfillan, CSC, in Honiara.

Australia has donated a fully equipped ambulance to St John Ambulance Service in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The delivery in late October was facilitated by Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide.

Five Eyes nations remember as Exercise DUGONG commences

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Participants of Exercise DUGONG 2019 at Australian Clearance Diver Team Four, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Participants of Exercise DUGONG 2019 at Australian Clearance Diver Team Four, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Remembrance Day was honoured at Fleet Base West with a ceremony that was attended by the Five Eyes nation participants in the recently commenced Exercise DUGONG 19.