Topic: Minehunter Coastal (MHC)

Gascoyne trains the next generation

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Campbell Baird (author), ASLT Emma Bennett (photographer)

Midshipman Nicholas Croke uses the bridge wing pelorus to keep the ship navigationally safe, during HMAS Gascoyne’s Task Group Certification at sea. (photo: ASLT Emma Bennett)

Midshipman Nicholas Croke uses the bridge wing pelorus to keep the ship navigationally safe, during HMAS Gascoyne’s Task Group Certification at sea.

With an already busy year full of work ups, maintenance and task group certifications and the additional challenges of COVID-19, 2020 has seen the continuation of training opportunities onboard HMAS Gascoyne.

Task Group certification shows cutting edge of mine warfare

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Minehunter Coastal vessel HMAS Yarra at anchor in the early morning light in Jervis Bay. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Minehunter Coastal vessel HMAS Yarra at anchor in the early morning light in Jervis Bay.

Three warships and more than 150 personnel have completed two weeks of realistic training at sea and ashore under the command and control of Navy’s Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group, as part of Exercise CUTTLEFISH 2020.

HMAS Gascoyne rises to ‘Return to the Sea’

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Benjamin Page (author), LCDR Sean Aitken (photographer), LEUT Breece Gevaux (photographer), LSCD Dragan Ivanovic (photographer), ASLT Emma Bennett (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne departing HMAS Waterhen to conduct work ups as part of her Unit Readiness Evaluation. (photo: LCDR Sean Aitken)

HMAS Gascoyne departing HMAS Waterhen to conduct work ups as part of her Unit Readiness Evaluation.

HMAS Gascoyne has recently completed her unit readiness evaluation in Jervis Bay, living up to her motto and ‘returning to the sea’.

French rendezvous for RAN ships

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

HMA Ships Choules, centre, and Huon, bottom, rendezvous with French Navy Ship d’Entrecasteaux during the Australian ships' transit to Vanuatu.

HMA Ships Choules and Huon and French Navy Ship FS d’Entrecasteaux have conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) and flight training serials in the Pacific Ocean.

Celebrating Vanuatu Independence Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer), LSET James Taylor (photographer)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Small boats from HMA Ships Choules and Huon joined Vanuatu Government watercraft and a collection of local commercial and private vessels in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

A flotilla of Royal Australian Navy small boats have joined their Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing colleagues and a colourful collection of commercial, private and government watercraft in a Seafarer’s Parade as part of the Vanuatu 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

Gascoyne’s push to greater efficiency in the water

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ryan McKenzie (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment. (photo: LSIS Ryan McKenzie)

HMAS Gascoyne undergoing refit in the Captain Cook Graving Dock at Garden Island, Sydney, following a recent deployment.

HMAS Gascoyne is receiving renewed life through a five-yearly refit, ensuring she remains ready to fight and live up to her motto “Return to the sea”.

Maritime Advanced Force key to amphibious operations

Published on by LEUT Jessica Craig (author and photographer)

Clearance Divers from Australian Clearance Diving Team One transit between locations to search for inert training mines during Mine Counter-Measure Operations as part of Fleet Certification Period 2020. (photo: Lieutenant Jessica Craig)

Clearance Divers from Australian Clearance Diving Team One transit between locations to search for inert training mines during Mine Counter-Measure Operations as part of Fleet Certification Period 2020.

A Maritime Advanced Force task unit has successfully demonstrated Navy’s ability to open and maintain sea lanes for amphibious operations during Fleet Certification Period 2020.

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.

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.

People-focused for deployments

Published on by CMDR Kelli Lunt (author)

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne. (photo: )

Chief Petty Officer Clearance Diver Kevin Paul and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician David Walker on the ship's satellite WiFi (known as a ‘Quality of Life’ initiative) which was installed in the lead up to their deployment on board HMAS Gascoyne.

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.