Topic: HMAS Canberra (L02)
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, cleared the lower decks of HMAS Canberra as Fleet Concentration Period East 2015 got under way this week.
The Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit along with C Squadron, 5 Aviation Regiment has conducted a ‘quick look’ trial of the CH-47D Chinook onboard the Navy’s Flag Ship, HMAS Canberra. The trials were conducted over a week with preliminary work being conducted at HMAS Albatross and the flying trials conducted at sea on 20-21 October 2015.
While Athol Ewington’s service in HMAS Canberra (I) ended nearly 73 years ago when Canberra was lost in the Battle of Savo Island, his name will now live on in Canberra (III) with the introduction of the Athol Ewington Shield.
A small group of sailors from Landing Helicopter Dock NUSHIP Adelaide had the chance to try out their acting skills this month when sister ship, HMAS Canberra conducted Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation and Evacuation Handling Centre exercises.
Last Friday, while most of HMAS Canberra’s ship’s company dressed in their white ceremonial uniforms to take part in the Commissioning Ceremony, 24 members of the crew remained in their everyday working rig, ready to respond in the case of an emergency.
The Governor General of Australia, together with the Prime Minister of Australia, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock was welcomed into service in the Royal Australian Navy.
NUSHIP Canberra can carry more than 1400 personnel, but how would they all leave the ship in the case of an emergency? Ten Canberra personnel found the answer when they attended Mass Evacuation System training.
Defence Minister David Johnston visited the Williamstown dockyard where Australia’s two Landing Helicopter Dock ships are being completed and was briefed on progress of the project in the lead up to the commissioning of the first LHD, NUSHIP Canberra.
So what does the Navy’s largest ship’s company in 30 years look like? NUSHIP Canberra ship’s company totals 375 people and can boast many firsts.
Prior to training at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship’s Safety in Jervis Bay, the members of NUSHIP Canberra’s crew who were selected as Standing Sea Fire and Emergency Party had only glimpsed each other around the workplace.