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Canberra back to back contenders for 'Father Mac Cup'

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Able Seaman Marine Technician Dimitri Garoufalis takes a mark during training for the upcoming AFL 'Father Mac Cup' in the hangar onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Dimitri Garoufalis takes a mark during training for the upcoming AFL 'Father Mac Cup' in the hangar onboard HMAS Canberra.

Not only can HMAS Canberra house over 100 vehicles and 16 helicopters, she is large enough for ship’s company to play AFL in the hangar.

Final entry into Sydney for city’s namesake warship

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HMAS Sydney sails past the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the last time as she heads into Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

HMAS Sydney sails past the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House for the last time as she heads into Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

HMAS Sydney (IV) entered Sydney Heads for the final time as a Royal Australian Navy ship this morning, before being welcomed alongside Garden Island by former sailors, officers and support staff.

Team Newcastle put through their paces

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The Flight Deck Marshaller signals the Flight Deck Team to return from the Flight Deck as the

The Flight Deck Marshaller signals the Flight Deck Team to return from the Flight Deck as the "Lashings" are removed from the embarked Seahawk to commence night flying operations as part of continuation and consolidation training on-board HMAS Newcastle, in preparation for Mission Readiness Work-Up Evaluations in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area, off the NSW South Coast.

After a busy period of maintenance, HMAS Newcastle  once again stretched her sea legs when she put to sea in early February for a 'shakedown' week. Newcastle is currently preparing for a six month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation MANITOU.

Gascoyne successfully clears ‘minefield’

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(R) Commanding Officer HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Alan Parton, with Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, during a display of the ship's Mine Warfare Mine Disposal Vehicle (in background), during Exercise Mulgogger held in Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

(R) Commanding Officer HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Alan Parton, with Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, during a display of the ship's Mine Warfare Mine Disposal Vehicle (in background), during Exercise Mulgogger held in Jervis Bay.

The waters in and around Jervis Bay were successfully cleared of 'mines' recently, during the Mine Counter Measure and Clearance Diving tactical training exercise – Exercise MULGOGGER.

Best base for Kuttabul

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L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN; Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d); and HMAS Kuttabul's Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, hold the Governor's Cup in front of the parade at Ceremonial Divisions, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN; Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d); and HMAS Kuttabul's Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, hold the Governor's Cup in front of the parade at Ceremonial Divisions, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

The Governor’s Cup has been awarded to HMAS Kuttabul as the best performing Royal Australian Navy shore establishment in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the fleet for the year.

Veterans tour HMAS Perth

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Commanding Officer, HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, receives on behalf of the ship, a replica HMAS Perth I crest, hand crafted by HMAS Perth Association member, Mr Terry Blanch (left), whose father was lost on HMAS Perth I, and Mr Frank McGovern, a survivor from the World War II cruiser. (photo: ABEW GRIFFITHS)

Commanding Officer, HMAS Perth, Captain Ivan Ingham, receives on behalf of the ship, a replica HMAS Perth I crest, hand crafted by HMAS Perth Association member, Mr Terry Blanch (left), whose father was lost on HMAS Perth I, and Mr Frank McGovern, a survivor from the World War II cruiser.

On a recent shore visit to Sydney, HMAS Perth hosted members of the New South Wales HMAS Perth Association, which included the Perth I survivor, Mr Frank McGovern. The veterans were given a guided tour through the ship and shown the state-of-the-art equipment installed as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.

Best food in the fleet

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Coalition observers from Exercise KAKADU 2014 enjoy afternoon tea in the Wardroom of HMAS Stuart during a tour hosted by the ship's Commanding Officer, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin, Northern Territory.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Coalition observers from Exercise KAKADU 2014 enjoy afternoon tea in the Wardroom of HMAS Stuart during a tour hosted by the ship's Commanding Officer, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN as part of Exercise KAKADU 2014 in Darwin, Northern Territory.

It is said that an Army marches on its stomach, but it is absolutely certain that the galley is the 'engine room' for a ship's company.

Advanced medical facilities trialled

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Officer in Charge Medical Operational Health Unit Commander Alison Money, RAN, inside the operating theatre onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Officer in Charge Medical Operational Health Unit Commander Alison Money, RAN, inside the operating theatre onboard HMAS Canberra.

In a crucial step toward becoming fully operational, HMAS Canberra recently embarked a team of medical professionals to set up and test the Primary Casualty Reception Facility onboard the newly commissioned ship.

Wherefore art thou Romeo?

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An MH 60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopter lands on HMAS Perth while alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

An MH 60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopter lands on HMAS Perth while alongside Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

The future warfighting capability of the Royal Australian Navy took further shape in Sydney Harbour recently as Romeo met the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.

La Glorieuse visit

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Crew members from  host ship HMAS Stuart, secure FNS La Glorieuse alongside at Fleet Base East, upon the ship's arrival in Sydney. (photo: CPOB K. Lawton)

Crew members from host ship HMAS Stuart, secure FNS La Glorieuse alongside at Fleet Base East, upon the ship's arrival in Sydney.

French Navy Ship La Glorieuse arrived at Fleet Base East on 12 February for a five day port visit to Sydney.