Topic: Fleet Base West

Competition winners get a taste of submarine life

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN (2nd left) stands with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN (2nd left) stands with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West, WA.

A group of young Australians were given the VIP treatment recently when they participated in the National Submarine Competition Tour and Immersion Experience at Fleet Base West.

Chiefs visit Fleet Base West

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Collins, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN gives Royal New Zealand Navy officer Commander Simon Griffiths; Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Air Vice Marshal Kevin Short; and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC a tour of the control room of HMAS Collins at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, and his New Zealand counterpart, Air Marshal Kevin Short, paid a visit to Fleet Base West recently as part of a tour of Western Australian Defence facilities.

Beach clean up yields big results in the west

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

LCDR Dave Reid, POETSM Terry Douglas and WOMTSM Mark Layton with some of the flotsam collected at Beagle Bay, Garden Island, WA.

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LCDR Dave Reid, POETSM Terry Douglas and WOMTSM Mark Layton with some of the flotsam collected at Beagle Bay, Garden Island, WA.

A beach on the west side of Garden Island - an area south of Perth that houses HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West - has had 200kg of flotsam (floating debris) removed as part of an environmental program organised by the Collins Submarines Program Office (COLSPO).

Indonesian Navy officers visit WA for MAROPS working group

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Deputy Director Maritime Exercises, Commander Iain Hutchins, RAN, welcomes attendees to the Maritime Operations Working Group (MOWG) for 2019 held at Fremantle. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Royal Australian Navy Deputy Director Maritime Exercises, Commander Iain Hutchins, RAN, welcomes attendees to the Maritime Operations Working Group (MOWG) for 2019 held at Fremantle.

Navy played host to a number of Indonesian Navy members recently when a Maritime Operations Working Group was held in Western Australia.

HMAS Toowoomba returns from seven-month deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Nikolai Gunn-Brockhoff enjoys a cuddle with 11 month old son Leon after HMAS Toowoomba returned home to Fleet Base West after a long and busy seven month deployment.

 (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Nikolai Gunn-Brockhoff enjoys a cuddle with 11 month old son Leon after HMAS Toowoomba returned home to Fleet Base West after a long and busy seven month deployment.

HMAS Toowoomba has returned to its homeport of Fleet Base West, Rockingham, Western Australia, after the ship’s longest deployment to date, successfully contributing to seven Task Groups in seven months.

Governor visits Fleet Base West

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA (centre) with Officers and staff on HMAS Sirius, alongside Fleet Base West. From left; Navigating/Operations Officer, LCDR Alicia Runde, RAN; Aide-de Camp to The Governor of WA, LEUT Peter Velterop, RAN; Commanding Officer HMAS Sirius, CMDR Melanie Verho, RAN; Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA; Command Warrant Officer of HMAS Sirius, WO Scott Brown; Mrs Carol Buckley, the Official Secretary of Government House; and Senior Officer WA, CDRE Brett Dowsing, RANR. (photo: ABIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA (centre) with Officers and staff on HMAS Sirius, alongside Fleet Base West. From left; Navigating/Operations Officer, LCDR Alicia Runde, RAN; Aide-de Camp to The Governor of WA, LEUT Peter Velterop, RAN; Commanding Officer HMAS Sirius, CMDR Melanie Verho, RAN; Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA; Command Warrant Officer of HMAS Sirius, WO Scott Brown; Mrs Carol Buckley, the Official Secretary of Government House; and Senior Officer WA, CDRE Brett Dowsing, RANR.

As one of her last official engagements as the Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC recently paid a visit to HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West in Rockingham.

 

Sleeping submariners innovative support structure

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

Prototype of the Submarine Accommodation Capsules (SAC) that can be stored in similar fashion as torpedos ready for trials. (photo: Unknown)

Prototype of the Submarine Accommodation Capsules (SAC) that can be stored in similar fashion as torpedos ready for trials.

A group of Royal Australian Navy submariners have developed an innovative solution to providing temporary accommodation onboard submarines.

Forty years’ service and counting

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, presents Chief Petty Officer John Farrell with a Federation Star in recognition of 40 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy, at a ceremony attended by the Submarine Training and Systems Centre staff and faculty at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, presents Chief Petty Officer John Farrell with a Federation Star in recognition of 40 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy, at a ceremony attended by the Submarine Training and Systems Centre staff and faculty at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, took time out of his visit to Fleet Base West recently to recognise one member’s 40 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy.

 

Unassuming building caters for all

Published on by CPO David Thomason (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

The combined catering departments of HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Ballarat at the Common User Facility, Henderson, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The combined catering departments of HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Ballarat at the Common User Facility, Henderson, Western Australia.

Common User Facility Building Two is an inconspicuous single storey building with a view across Cockburn Sound to Fleet Base West and Garden Island.

Garden Island - where conservation meets capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

The shore line from Beacon Head to Entrance Point on Garden Island, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

The shore line from Beacon Head to Entrance Point on Garden Island, Western Australia.

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