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Shore Force upgrades keep pace with enhanced fleet capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT.

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.

Navy Minehunters return from record-setting deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment.

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.

Navy welcomes latest cohort of Clearance Divers

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Seven sailors have graduated from Clearance Diving Course 87 at the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin, one of the toughest courses Navy has to offer.

Cerberus wins best establishment award

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, presents the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CMS, RAN, at Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus. Vic. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan AO, RAN, presents the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Mike Oborn, CMS, RAN, at Ceremonial Divisions at HMAS Cerberus. Vic.

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.

New DG ‘takes the con’ at Maritime Operations headquarters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Des Paroz (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commodore Matthew Buckley, CSC, RAN, presents Commodore Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, with ‘the con’ for Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, with personnel from Maritime Operations. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

Commodore Matthew Buckley, CSC, RAN, presents Commodore Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, with ‘the con’ for Director General Maritime Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, with personnel from Maritime Operations.

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.

People-focused for deployments

Published on by CMDR Kelli Lunt (author)

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne. (photo: )

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne.

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.

Peering through the lens of Garden Island

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Peta Magorian (author), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA. (photo: LSIS Ernesto Sanchez)

Defence personnel and their family members and guests attend the inaugural Fleet Base West Photographic Competition awards ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham, WA.

The inaugural Fleet Base West Photography Competition saw more than 100 entries from budding photographers that captured the ‘People, Places and Stuff’ associated with the Royal Australian Navy elements based on Garden Island, Western Australia. 

Minehunter MTs duo in Diamantina

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

Seaman Amelia Ambrose, left, stands with marine technician colleague, Able Seaman Helena Siyangkabuth in the engine room onboard HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Seaman Amelia Ambrose, left, stands with marine technician colleague, Able Seaman Helena Siyangkabuth in the engine room onboard HMAS Diamantina.

Female marine technicians are rarely seen serving in Huon-class minehunters. Two female ‘stokers’ are currently bucking the trend - both serving in HMAS Diamantina.

Navy Task Group returns from East Asia deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

HMAS Hobart returns to Fleet Base East following a three-month East Asian deployment. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

HMAS Hobart returns to Fleet Base East following a three-month East Asian deployment.

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.

Stuart MTs achieve 12 new qualifications during East Asia Deployment

Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Marine Technicians (with certificates), from left, Leading Seaman Andrew MacDonald, Leading Seaman Alex Edwards and Seaman Steven Williamson, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart Commander Luke Ryan, after receiving certificates reflecting their new marine engineering qualifications. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

Marine Technicians (with certificates), from left, Leading Seaman Andrew MacDonald, Leading Seaman Alex Edwards and Seaman Steven Williamson, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart Commander Luke Ryan, after receiving certificates reflecting their new marine engineering qualifications.

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.