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WO-N recognises “important work” of patrol boat community

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN, and Warrant Officer - Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, came aboard HMAS Larrakia, alongside HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, to present the 2017  crew of HMAS Maryborough with a Joint Operations Command commendation, in recognition of their superior performance of duty during a major fire aboard HMAS Maryborough in 2017. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Maritime Border Command, Rear Admiral Lee Goddard, CSC, RAN, and Warrant Officer - Navy, Warrant Officer Deb Butterworth, OAM, CSM and Bar, came aboard HMAS Larrakia, alongside HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, to present the 2017 crew of HMAS Maryborough with a Joint Operations Command commendation, in recognition of their superior performance of duty during a major fire aboard HMAS Maryborough in 2017.

Two of Navy's senior leaders visited HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin recently to recognise the work of the patrol boat community this year.

Fleet delivers in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in formation with amphibious landing crafts during Exercise SEA EXPLORER 2019, June 2019. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide in formation with amphibious landing crafts during Exercise SEA EXPLORER 2019, June 2019.

The past twelve months have been significant for Navy’s Fleet. Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel have deployed around the world to exercise high-end warfighting capabilities, support maritime security, contribute to multinational operations and engage with Australia’s regional partners.

Overseas deployments the priority in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), Navantia (photographer)

HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta conduct replenishment at sea manoeuvres during transit, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMA Ships Hobart, Stuart and Parramatta conduct replenishment at sea manoeuvres during transit, October 2019.

Navy’s Surface Force has capped off a massive year with most of its combatants deploying overseas.

A year of small ships doing big things

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)

HMAS Leeuwin transits in the Hinatuan Passage during the commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait in the Philippines, October 2019.

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.

Brisbane home for Christmas

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Brisbane sails into Garden Island, Sydney after a five month deployment to the United States of America. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Brisbane sails into Garden Island, Sydney after a five month deployment to the United States of America.

Australia’s newest warship, HMAS Brisbane, arrived home to family and friends in Sydney yesterday, following her first overseas deployment, drawing to a close the return of ten Royal Australian Navy warships from deployments across South East Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

Building capability, refining the fight in 2019

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Commodore Ivan Ingham addresses Fleet Battle Staff inside the Maritime Operations Centre during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, July 2019.
 (photo: LSIS Craig Walton)

Commodore Ivan Ingham addresses Fleet Battle Staff inside the Maritime Operations Centre during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, July 2019.

For Commodore Ivan Ingham, success in 2019 may be measured by how empty the berths at Fleet Base East have been - the year has seen an exceptional surge in Australian maritime operations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Young Endeavour’s 31st year under sail

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 2019: Young Endeavour ship’s company pictured at Garden Island, Sydney with Commanding Officer, LCDR Andrew Callander, centre back row. (photo: )

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 2019: Young Endeavour ship’s company pictured at Garden Island, Sydney with Commanding Officer, LCDR Andrew Callander, centre back row.

It has been a busy year for the Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour - a whopping 377 young Australians aged 16-23 stepped aboard for one of 15 eleven-day voyages that saw the brigantine sail from Hobart and as far north as Cairns.

Shore Force upgrades keep pace with enhanced fleet capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), POIS Peter Thompson (photographer), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS Peter Thompson)

The new CrossFit room at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct gymnasium, Darwin, NT.

As Navy’s Fleet and war-fighting capabilities continue to grow with significant investments, 2019 has also been an important year to sustain that capability with improvements to its facilities on shore.

Navy Minehunters return from record-setting deployment

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

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

HMAS Gascoyne sails through Sydney Harbour on her return from a North East Asian deployment.

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.

Navy welcomes latest cohort of Clearance Divers

Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Royal Australian Navy Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, centre, with senior Royal Australian Navy officers, front row, and graduates of the Basic Clearance Divers Course 87 at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

Seven sailors have graduated from Clearance Diving Course 87 at the Australian Defence Force Diving School at HMAS Penguin, one of the toughest courses Navy has to offer.