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Keel Laid for Australian Air Warfare Destroyer

A keel-laying ceremony was held February 3 for Australian Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) HMAS Brisban at Techport Australia, Adelaide. The vessel is the second of the Air Warfare Destroyer program. At the ceremony, Australian Minister for Defense Senator David Johnston said, “This is an extremely complex program, as you can see with all of the workers here at ASC Techport. It is very labor intensive, with skills at the high end of industrial capacity.” According to Johnston, 2,850 jobs directly apply to the program. Johnston called the newbuild part of “the transformation of the Royal Australian Navy to its next-generational capacity.” “I’m not going to go on much further other than to say that the Royal Australian Navy with these AEGIS-equipped Air Warfare Destroyers will enter a new dimension, not in the tactical sense but the strategic sense,” Johnston said. “Some of you will understand the magnitude of what those words actually mean; these vessels will take us to a new generation, a new dimension, in Navy.”  


High Power Phased Array Radar Development

The Australian Department of Defense released a request for tender to CEA Technologies for the development of a High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator. CEA Technologies Pty Ltd is a Canberra-based company whose CEAFAR radar is being fitted to the ANZAC Class Frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as part of the ANZAC Class Anti-Ship Missile Defense Upgrade project. “This tender is for the development of radar systems based on the CEAFAR radar which could support


Australia to Spend $11B on Navy Ships

In a speech published on the website of Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it was announced that Australia will make a multi-billion investment to bolster the Australian Navy. The two contracts, one for $3 billion and one for $8 billion, both specify Navantia (Spain) designed warships. The following is direct quotations from the presentation. "Now it's no secret that the two projects involve first of all two large amphibious ships which will be delivered by Tenix and they will cost


Sydney farewells Namesake RAN Ship

Farewell to HMAS Sydney

  Australia has farewelled a Royal Australian Navy ship that has served the country for over three decades in a ceremony today on Sydney Harbour.   The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd), together with the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, attended the decommissioning of HMAS Sydney, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.  


Kudos for Norsafe from Australian Navy

Courtesy Norsafe

Norsafe Receives High Praise from Australian Navy Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, has received a glowing recommendation from the Australian Navy for the quality of its lifeboat servicing on one of the Navy’s replenishment vessels HMAS Sirius. The work on the HMAS Sirius involved lifeboat overhaul and upgrade plus Non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection and overhaul of the winches and davits.


Australian Navy: Torpedo Firings on the Mark

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently.   HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo.   Staff Officer Force Anti-Submarine Warfare Lieutenant Commander Chris Straughan from the Australian Maritime Warfare Centre embarked in Melbourne for the trial.  


Australian Navy Surveys Antarctica

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp Surveying Newcomb Bay. Photo: ABHSO Dyer, Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy’s Deployable Geospatial Survey Team returned from a six-week Antarctic expedition to collect essential data for navigational charts and scientific research. The team sailed from Hobart in RSV Aurora Australis on December 11, 2013 to conduct a hydrographic survey in the vicinity of Casey Station, a permanent base in Antarctica managed by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). The Officer in Charge of the survey team, Lieutenant Peter Waring


Foreign Navies Descend on Sydney

Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 Six ships from four navies arrived at Garden Island, Sydney in early November, creating a buzz on the harbour.   The visits came ahead of the Royal New Zealand International Naval Review, which will take place in Auckland later this month.     Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, a Makassar class landing platform dock was the first to arrive in Sydney.   Chilean Navy tall ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda followed a few days later


Danes Try Navy HATS on for Size

The Royal Australian Navy’s reputation for delivering world-class training received a boost when five members of the Royal Danish Navy visited HMAS Albatross to learn how the Fleet Air Arm teaches pilots and aircrew. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy’s reputation for delivering world-class training received a boost when five members of the Royal Danish Navy visited HMAS Albatross to learn how the Fleet Air Arm teaches pilots and aircrew.   Led by Commander Aksel Primdahl, the group studied the Australian experience of introducing the MH-60R Seahawk and integrating it into the Fleet.   The delegation visited the state-of-the-art Helicopter Aircrew Training System (also known as HATS)


Melbourne Celebrates 25 Years of Service

HMAS Melbourne crew celebrates the 25th anniversary of Melbournes commissioning at Fleet Base East after a successful first of class flight trials period. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 HMAS Melbourne has celebrated 25 years since she entered service with the Royal Australian Navy, proving her motto, ‘She gathers strength as she goes’.   The guided missile frigate has steamed more than 1.5 million kilometres - about 37 times the earth’s circumference - and clocked up almost 62,000 hours underway, since commissioning on 15 February 1992 at Station Pier, Melbourne.  


Australian MATV Completes Sea Trials

Photo: Damen

The Royal Australian Navy’s new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore has passed sea trials. Following final vessel handover from builder Damen Shipyards Group, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties.  


Australian Navy's Electronic Warfare Training

CO HMAS Parramatta, CMDR Simon Howard, CSC, RAN keeps an eye on the situation as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation to electronic warfare training.   A common electronic warfare sensor suite is planned across the future fleet and future electronic warfare sailors need to have the


Maritime Security a Year-Round Duty

Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta Commander Cameron Steil watches over HMAS Aruntas boarding party as it conducts a boarding while on patrol in the Middle East Region. Photo: oyal Australian Navy

 While many Australians spend Anzac Day off work, Royal Australian Navy personnel around the world will remain on watch, contributing to global security, stability and prosperity.   On operations in countries as far from home as Afghanistan and South Sudan


HMAS Ballarat Exercises with Canadian Navy

HMAS Ballarat in company with the Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Ottawa and Winnipeg conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres during HMAS Ballarats South East Asia Deployment. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed a range of underway exercises with Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Ottawa and Winnipeg in the waters of South East Asia during Ballarat's South East Asia deployment.   The exercises


Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight


Cristobal Colon Arrives in Sydney

ESPS Christobal Colon of the Spanish Amarda arrives in Sydney Harbour. The crew of ESPS Christobal Colon will be helping to train and familiarise crews of Australias Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMA Ships Darwin, Melbourne and Parramatta have escorted the Spanish Armada's Cristobal Colon into Sydney Harbour as part of her role in providing platform and familiarisation training to Australian personnel.   Over the next three months the ship will assist in enabling Australian


Upgrades Complete for Anzac Class

HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Australian Navy's eight Anzac class frigates are now all back in the water post anti-ship missile defence upgrades, with HMAS Stuart undocking at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia.   She will now commence trials of her state-of-the-art systems and modifications.  


Fast-Track to Operational Service

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Less than six months out of basic training, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Jasmine Lortan is already on the front line of a multi-national operation to counter terrorism and promote maritime security in the Middle East.   


Model Training for Watch-Keepers

Officers from HMAS Sirius improve their mariner skills at Port Ash Ship Handling Training and Research Centre, two hours north of Sydney. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Nine officers from HMAS Sirius have attended a three-day course at Port Ash Ship Handling Training and Research Centre recently to improve their mariner skills.  The centre, which is two hours north of Sydney, uses model ships on a man-made lake to teach ship control at low speeds in


HMAS Arunta Deployed in the Middle East

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East.  


Junior Sailors Master Amphibious Watercraft

A LHD Landing Craft from HMAS Adelaide lowers its bow door to recover an inflatable boat during amphibious operations conducted in Jervis Bay, NSW. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australia's amphibious ships are driving responsibility and challenges to all levels of the crew, with leading seamen taking 'commanding' roles on the new landing craft.   Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Edward Holcombe is one of those sailors


Warship Open Day in Cairns

HMAS Parramatta fires its 5 inch gun onto Lancelin Range as part of a naval gunfire support serial during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The people of Cairns will have a rare opportunity to tour HMAS Parramatta comes alongside Trinity Wharf and opens its gangway to the public on Monday, 17 April, says a press release of Royal Australian Navy.   One of the sailors who will be on board to show people around is former


Australian Naval Apprentices Excel

NUSHIP Hobart conducts sea trials in the Gulf St Vincent off the coast of Adelaide South Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy apprentices have been working directly with industry in Adelaide, building on their initial trade training, and at the same time becoming part the next phase of naval warfare from the ground up.   The Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance shipyard has provided a hand-on


Heavy Lift for HMAS Choules

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

 The Australian Defence Force's amphibious capability was on point in the recent response to Cyclone Debbie, with HMAS Choules delivering one of her largest loads of supplies to affected communities last week.   Working seamlessly with Army’s 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8


Ballarat Exercises with PLA-N

Royal Australian Navys HMAS Ballarat and Chinese Peoples Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Jiangkai II class frigate Huangshan, conduct exercises on completion of HMAS Ballarats port visit to Zhanjiang, China. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Ballarat has taken part in a range of maritime exercises with People’s Liberation Army – Navy vessel Huangshan following a successful visit to the People’s Republic of China.   Conducted after Ballarat departed Zhanjiang port






 
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