On Friday 25 October, Basic Clearance Diving Course 86 graduated at the Australian Defence Force Diving School, after an intensive 12 months of training at HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Penguin, Pittwater Training area, Marrangaroo Training area, Singleton Range and the Shoalwater Bay Training area.
HMAS Melville has deployed three Slocum Gliders in vicinity of the Coral Sea, as part of the SEA2400 trials and Australia’s continued efforts to test new technology to enhance the hydrographic surveying capabilities of the Navy and the Nation.
The Australian Defence Force’s third Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Sydney, is on track to be delivered to the Navy in February 2020 after completing sea trials.
Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Survey vessel HMAS Leeuwin has hosted a women’s forum while alongside Yap - one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.
HMAS Leeuwin has conducted a series of Officer-of-the-Watch manoeuvres with Micronesian patrol boat FSS Independence and Palau patrol boat PSS Remeliik, off the coast of the Pacific island of Yap.
During the month of October, the Port of Brisbane was centre stage for the exchange of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief equipment, including excavator trucks, shipping containers, an LCM8 Landing Craft, LARCs and Army personnel, between HMA Ships Choules and Adelaide.
The Royal Australian Navy is now one of the world’s premier amphibious forces with both of the Fleet’s Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks and Landing Craft, acquired under Joint Project 2048, successfully achieving Final Operational Capability in November.
Two Navy Hydrographers and a Meteorology and Oceanography officer joined with scientists from around Australia recently on a voyage to understand how and when the Great Barrier Reef formed.
HMAS Hobart has completed the initial phase of its first operational deployment, engaging with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force and taken the opportunity to explore Japan prior to continuing to follow-on tasking.
Storm clouds gathered over the high seas but spirits were high as two Royal Malaysian Navy ships approached HMAS Sirius for a dual Replenishment at Sea (RAS) during Exercise MASTEX 19 between the regional partners.