Topic: HMAS Diamantina (M86)

Maritime Advanced Force key to amphibious operations

Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author and photographer)

Clearance Divers from Australian Clearance Diving Team One transit between locations to search for inert training mines during Mine Counter-Measure Operations as part of Fleet Certification Period 2020. (photo: Lieutenant Jessica Craig)

Clearance Divers from Australian Clearance Diving Team One transit between locations to search for inert training mines during Mine Counter-Measure Operations as part of Fleet Certification Period 2020.

A Maritime Advanced Force task unit has successfully demonstrated Navy’s ability to open and maintain sea lanes for amphibious operations during Fleet Certification Period 2020.

A year of small ships doing big things

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019.

The vessels and teams of Navy’s Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological, Oceanographic and Patrol Force might be among the smallest in the Fleet, but their achievements in 2019 rival those of the largest major surface ships.

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.

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.

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.

Minehunters achieve first raft refuel exercise with JMSDF

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer), LCDR Daniel Lister (photographer), JMSDF photographer (photographer)

HMAS Diamantina (86) rafts up to Japanese Ship Uraga for a replenishment at sea. (photo: JMSDF photographer)

HMAS Diamantina (86) rafts up to Japanese Ship Uraga for a replenishment at sea.

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.

Seven-week journey pushes Minehunters to new northern record

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

Huon class minehunters HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne arrive in Hakodate, Japan for a port visit during their Maritime East Asia deployment. (photo: Unknown)

Huon class minehunters HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne arrive in Hakodate, Japan for a port visit during their Maritime East Asia deployment.

A new record for the Royal Australian Navy’s minehunters has been set, with HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne making their furthest journey north during a recent port visit to Hakodate, Japan.

From the desert to diving for Alice Springs sailor

Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver James Steer checks the communications system on the diver compression chamber in minehunter HMAS Diamantina.

It’s always a little bit surprising to meet someone who grew up surrounded by desert, with the nearest ocean miles away, who then went on to become a Navy Clearance Diver. For Alice Springs local James Steer, that is exactly the career path he chose.

Diamantina awards retention champions

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

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize.

Two of HMAS Diamantina’s ship’s company have been recognised for their leadership in the Huon class minehunter, receiving Champions of Navy Retention awards from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt.

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.