HMAS Canberra, off Australia’s east coast in May 2020, encountered very rough conditions but was able to avoid the worst of the weather thanks to upgraded weather forecasting technology used on board the ship by the METOC. (photo: LCDR Fiona Simmonds)
HMAS Canberra, off Australia’s east coast in May 2020, encountered very rough conditions but was able to avoid the worst of the weather thanks to upgraded weather forecasting technology used on board the ship by the METOC.

Winds of change in METOC technology

Upgraded weather forecasting technology for Royal Australian Navy meteorologists is getting its first lengthy sea trial during the Regional Presence Deployment 20 (RPD20), offering a boost to capability with quicker and more accurate information.

Fleet

  • HMAS Brisbane conducts high speed trials during Aegis systems training outside Sydney Heads. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)

    The Steel Cat’s show of speed

    HMAS Brisbane recently stretched her legs off the coast of Sydney, to conduct a full power trial - a well calibrated examination of turbine speed and shaft rotation against a range of parameters.

Fleet

  • Underwater Medicine Clinician Course, Session 21 students and staff. Back row, L-R: Australian Army Soldier Medic Corporal B, Naomi Lang, Rae Young. Middle row, L-R: Royal Australian Navy Sailor Able Seaman Medic Byron Thomas, Leith Strachan. Front row, L-R: Royal Australian Navy Sailor Leading Seaman Medic David Bell, Petty Officer David Saunders, and Able Seaman Haidan Allan, at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Leon Dafonte Fernandez)

    Underwater medicine - a specialist skill

    Students of the Royal Australian Navy Underwater Medicine Clinician course, have celebrated the completion of seven months training with an informal graduation held outside the Submarine Underwater Medical Unit at HMAS Penguin.

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  • Petty Officer Nathan Austin, left, and Marine Engineering Officer Lieutenant Ryan Webb inspect one of the ventilation fans onboard HMAS Adelaide while alongside at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sittichai Sakonpoonpol)

    Award recognises safety and innovation

    HMAS Adelaide has been recognised with a 2020 Work Health and Safety Award for improving safety for personnel and extending the service life of some of the ship’s key components.

Operations

  • Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Peter Bellas at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

    Quarantine seen from both sides

    Petty Officer Maritime Logistics­­­ - Supply Chain Peter Bellas knows more than most about mandatory quarantine - in April he undertook 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a Sydney hotel after returning from Operation MANITOU.

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Seaman Gap Year Louise Schultz celebrated her 19th birthday by making her first ever blood donation, at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donor Centre in Frankston, Victoria, as part of the 2020 Defence Blood Challenge. (photo: CWO Michael Connors)

Cerberus - bleeding the way This article has photo gallery

With Australia currently needing 29,000 blood donations each week, ship’s company of HMAS Cerberus have rallied together to book out an entire daily schedule at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Frankston Donor Centre in Victoria.

Able Seaman Sophie Langton; Petty Officer Casey Smith; Petty Officer Cassandra Duncan; and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington, together with Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI) volunteers, setting up at the SAHSSI donation drop off point. (photo: Unknown)

Albatross supports women and children in need This article has photo gallery

When the women of HMAS Albatross Command Team visited the Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra earlier this year, they left with a determination to build on that activity and to continue to offer support.

Events

L-R: Executive Officer HMAS Stirling Commander Guy Lewis, RAN; Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, CSM, RAN; Mr Owen Vincent; and Navy Indigenous Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Samuel Sheppard attend the keel laying ceremony for Offshore Patrol Vessel number 3, NUSHIP Pilbara, at the Civmec facility in Henderson, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Batoft)

Keel laying of NUSHIP Pilbara - a construction milestone This article has photo gallery

The National Shipbuilding Program reached another milestone recently with the keel laying for the third Offshore Patrol Vessel, NUSHIP Pilbara, taking place at Henderson, Western Australia.

Senior Chaplain Paul Stuart, left, and Chaplain Jon-Paul Barry cook up a storm on the barbeque to support Defence members for R U OK?Day at HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)

Chaplains in support of R U OK? Day This article has photo gallery

There was a little bit of drizzle and plenty of sizzle as HMAS Kuttabul Chaplains manned the barbeques in support of R U OK?Day, which was held nationally on 10 September 2020.

Sport

Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers, right, and his Australian Fishing Championships XVI partner, Angler Mark Healy, with the 2020 championship trophy. (photo: )

Aircrewman by day, champion fisherman by nature

While fishing is often regarded as a relaxing pastime, this wasn’t the case for Petty Officer Aircrewman Liam Carruthers when he went into the Australian Fishing Championships XVI competition.

Invictus Games 2020 head coach Warrant Officer Geoff Stokes uses Zwift software to maintain fitness while maintaining social distance requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo: )

Cyclists find inventive ways to keep training This article has photo gallery

Today’s new norm of remaining socially distant means new and inventive ways of training need to be used to maintain fitness, especially for those competitive athletes of the Australian Defence Force.