Section: Fleet

Leeuwin takes to local waters for intensive training

Published on by LCDR Clare Randall (author), LEUT Leigh Guilmartin (photographer)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland. (photo: LEUT Leigh Guilmartin)

HMAS Leeuwin at Mission Beach off the coast of Queensland.

HMAS Leeuwin has spent two weeks conducting intensive training and evaluation in beautiful weather off Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, in preparation for operational taskings later this year.

Unexpected wins for training innovation

Published on by Mr Andrew Cox (author)

Leading Seaman Emma Stewart instructs a class after gaining the Navy and ADF Instructor proficiencies at TA-AVN. (photo: )

Leading Seaman Emma Stewart instructs a class after gaining the Navy and ADF Instructor proficiencies at TA-AVN.

The challenges of 2020 have spurred multiple innovations in the way that Navy delivers training, ensuring that essential training continues to be delivered safely, and that Navy can meet strategic and operational workforce requirements.

Force protection takes a lifesaving spin

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

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cerys Zurek during a force protection exercise onboard HMAS Ballarat, off the coast of Jervis Bay, ACT. (photo: ABIS Thomas Sawtell)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Cerys Zurek during a force protection exercise onboard HMAS Ballarat, off the coast of Jervis Bay, ACT.

Force protection training onboard HMAS Ballarat has taken a lifesaving spin, with the Boatswain Mates treated to a dedicated exercise on how to save themselves, and their mates, while under battle fire.

Gap years gain sea legs

Published on by MIDN Lloyd Skinner and MIDN Jack Meadows (author)

L-R: Midshipman (MIDN) James Thompson, MIDN Harrison MacNeill, Seaman John Roberts, MIDN Lloyd Skinner, MIDN Anna Roberts and MIDN Lane Wilson on HMAS Adelaide's flight deck as the ship returned to Garden Island after three weeks at sea. (photo: Unknown)

L-R: Midshipman (MIDN) James Thompson, MIDN Harrison MacNeill, Seaman John Roberts, MIDN Lloyd Skinner, MIDN Anna Roberts and MIDN Lane Wilson on HMAS Adelaide's flight deck as the ship returned to Garden Island after three weeks at sea.

Navy Gap Year Sailors and Officers recently had their first sea-time experience aboard the RAN's largest ship, HMAS Adelaide, setting sail for de-ammunitioning in Eden, and patrol exercises in Bass Strait.

A time of reflection for sailors

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

L-R: Midshipman Mitch Sutton, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Ethan Macnamara, and ABBM Ben Ashman on the bridge wing of HMAS Choules as the ship returns from Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary celebrations. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

L-R: Midshipman Mitch Sutton, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Ethan Macnamara, and ABBM Ben Ashman on the bridge wing of HMAS Choules as the ship returns from Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

For three HMAS Choules crew members, a recent deployment to support Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary of independence celebrations was a chance to reflect on a significant event in their Navy careers.

Innovation in online learning

Published on by MIDN Jack Meadows (author)

Midshipman (MIDN) Gap Year Officer Victoria Shi; MIDN Gap Year Officer Dean Raguso; Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Ayden Paterson; and ABET Lukas Dybala participate in innovation training via the online learning platform ADELE. (photo: Unknown)

Midshipman (MIDN) Gap Year Officer Victoria Shi; MIDN Gap Year Officer Dean Raguso; Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Ayden Paterson; and ABET Lukas Dybala participate in innovation training via the online learning platform ADELE.

Warfare Innovation Navy has launched an online resource bank, challenging Navy people to challenge themselves and innovate, in building towards a stronger fighting force.

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.

Environmental influences on task group operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Glenn Suffolk (author), POIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Lieutenant Matthew Bell inflates a weather balloon on board HMAS Canberra to help predict weather patterns in support of the Regional Presence Deployment 2020. (photo: POIS Tom Gibson)

Lieutenant Matthew Bell inflates a weather balloon on board HMAS Canberra to help predict weather patterns in support of the Regional Presence Deployment 2020.

Timely and informed decisions are essential when conducting military operations, whether they be about a threat, a ship's fuel state or the environment - something Regional Presence Deployment task group meteorologist Lieutenant Matthew Bell knows too well.

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.

HMAS Canberra assists in search and rescue

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author)

An Australian Army ARH Tiger helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy after missing for three days. (photo: )

An Australian Army ARH Tiger helicopter lands on Pikelot Island in the Federated States of Micronesia where three men were found safe and healthy after missing for three days.

HMAS Canberra and its embarked aviation assets assisted in locating the three-person crew of a skiff that had been missing for nearly three days in Micronesia.