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Arunta celebrates two significant milestones

Published on by LEUT Kieran Davis (author), SBLT Theodore Squires (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander Troy Duggan, left, and the youngest member of ship’s company, Seaman Boatswains Mate Jett Mitchell cut the ship’s 21st birthday cake. (photo: SBLT Theodore Squires)

Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta, Commander Troy Duggan, left, and the youngest member of ship’s company, Seaman Boatswains Mate Jett Mitchell cut the ship’s 21st birthday cake.

The crew of HMAS Arunta had double cause for celebration recently as they marked the ship’s 21st birthday and their return from a successful deployment to Southeast Asia.

Patrol boats the guardians of regional security and stability

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABCIS Blake Donovan (photographer)

Guardian Class Patrol Boat, Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, leads Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Maryborough. (photo: ABCIS Blake Donovan)

Guardian Class Patrol Boat, Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, leads Royal Australian Navy Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Maryborough.

Royal Australian Navy Patrol Boat HMAS Maryborough has joined Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel Gizo, a Guardian class patrol boat, for her maiden voyage home.

Fleet Support Unit evolving to meet needs of future fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Krystal Carter spray painting in the  spray booth and baking oven at the Surface Finishing workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West, HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Krystal Carter spray painting in the spray booth and baking oven at the Surface Finishing workshop at Fleet Support Unit - West, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Supporting the Royal Australian Navy Fleet by providing repair and maintenance services is the core function of the Fleet Support Unit and its regional hubs across Australia.

WO-N: Bushfire relief capability possible thanks to engineering contributions

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, shakes hands to Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nathan Spilling, along with other members of Fleet Support Unit - South East in gratitude for their participation in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 over the Reduced Activity Period. (photo: LSIS Chris Szumlanski)

Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, shakes hands to Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nathan Spilling, along with other members of Fleet Support Unit - South East in gratitude for their participation in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 over the Reduced Activity Period.

Royal Australian Navy engineers, contractors and their families who cut short their Christmas break to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 were recently recognised for their integral contribution.

Governor-General visits aerial bushfire responders

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), CPOIS Paul Berry (photographer), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities. (photo: Chief Petty Officer Paul Berry)

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley meet personnel from 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross to thank them for assisting in bushfire recovery activities.

During a visit to the Shoalhaven and South Coast regions of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia recognised the support provided by ADF personnel to emergency services in response to Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Albatross under fire

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Max Bree (author)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Smoke from a nearby fire that threatened HMAS Albatross on New Year’s Eve 2019, burning up to the perimeter fence and grass around the north side of the runway.

For those at HMAS Albatross it might have been hard to miss the irony of fires threatening the base that has helped to fight bushfires for decades, as flames were seen at the western edge of the airfield near Nowra on the NSW south coast.

Navy Doctor contributes to Defence bushfire response in the Adelaide Hills

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), CPL Tristan Kennedy (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: CPL Tristan Kennedy)

Royal Australian Navy Medical Officer Lieutenant Armand Edison from HMAS Creswell deployed with a mobile medical team in the Adelaide Hills during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

Australian Army soldiers have continued to support bushfire affected communities across the Adelaide Hills, bolstered by the arrival of specialist Royal Australian Navy and New Zealand Defence Force personnel.

MV Sycamore provides versatility to the fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

MV Sycamore conducts a rendezvous with HMAS Choules to transfer personnel posting onto the ship during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20.

The civilian crew of the Navy-contracted MV Sycamore have relished an expanded role during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 - the ship has modified her operations, away from her usual role, to support the ADF’s bushfire response.

Duty and service in the family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police. (photo: POIS Helen Frank)

Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant checks the list of evacuees with a member of the Victoria Police.

When Royal Australian Navy Seaman Marine Technician Zachariah Remnant answered the call to join HMAS Choules to support Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, he came with insights into what was involved in helping in an emergency.

Military-civilian partnerships crucial for BUSHFIRE ASSIST

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

Commander Brandon Ikimau, RAN, of the Amphibious Task Group, left, greets rescue volunteers in Bega, NSW during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20 (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Commander Brandon Ikimau, RAN, of the Amphibious Task Group, left, greets rescue volunteers in Bega, NSW during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20

When a significant military force needs to work collaboratively with a civilian population, as is happening across multiple states as part of Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 19-20, a Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) link between the two is essential.