Topic: HMAS Gascoyne (M85)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Australian command task group element was based in a Japanese ship for the first time during a mine counter-measures exercise in Japan.
A Royal Australian Navy Minehunter Task Group, consisting of HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne, has departed the Republic of Korea bound for a second Mine Warfare Exercise and professional engagement with Japan, as part of a North East Asian Deployment.
HMAS Gascoyne, part of a Minehunter Task Group, has spent a busy two weeks far from her usual stomping ground, having travelled over 5000 nautical miles to participate in a Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise in the Republic of Korea.
Following a passage of more than 5600 nautical miles from their homeport in Sydney, a Royal Australian Navy Task Group consisting of minehunters, HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne are taking part in the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX 19) off the coast of the Republic of Korea.
HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne taking part in the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise off the coast of the Republic of Korea have been successful in the important tasks of location, verification and removal of underwater mines.