Tim Barrett News

24 Nov 2017

Australia Announces Offshore Patrol Vessel

An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

The much awaited announcement for the replacement to the current Armidale Class patrol boats was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Russell Offices in Canberra. Lürssen was named as the prime contractor for the 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) with the Australian PV80 variant. It will be 80 metres in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 metres. The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, state of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems.

03 Oct 2017

Australia Hosting World for Sea Power Conference

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN speaks at the 2017 SeaPower Conference in Darling Harbour. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Royal Australian Navy is hosting the biennial Sea Power Conference with senior naval delegations from around the world descending on Sydney for three days of discussions and Navy-to-Navy engagements. Run alongside the Pacific 2017 international maritime exposition, Sea Power Conference is Navy’s premier gathering of naval chiefs and this year will explore the broad theme of ‘The Navy and the Nation’, focusing on maritime identity, the significance of maritime economics and use of the oceans.

20 Jul 2017

Australia Conducts Amphibious Task Group Drill

 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment disembark a Landing Craft from HMAS Canberra during a major amphibious beach landing operation during Exercise Talisman Saber. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia’s amphibious capability was put to the test recently as the Amphibious Task Group Headquarters took charge of the largest amphibious assault conducted by an Australian force for 70 years as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABER. The assault, led from amphibious sssault ship HMAS Canberra, was a significant milestone in the Australian Defence Force’s development of a high end amphibious warfare capability. The Australian and New Zealand Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of HMA Ships Canberra and Choules and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Canterbury…

11 Apr 2017

Launceston Deploys North

HMAS Launceston leads the way of HMAS Pirie as they sail out of Darwin Harbour with members of the United States Marine Corps - Rotational Force embarked to experience a day at sea on an Armidale-class Patrol Boat. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australia's Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Launceston has tested trainees and strengthened regional relationships in a recent deployment to south-east Asia. Launceston departed Australia after sailing from Darwin on 10 March in-company with sister-ship HMAS Pirie. The crews conducted 25mm, 12.7mm and small arms firing serials and undertook close quarters steaming, internal damage control, boat drills and communications training to help their junior warfare officers to practice their mariner skills.

12 Mar 2017

Canberra Paddlers Race for Resilience

Defence personnel from the Canberra region spend time dragon boating on Lake Burley Griffin to help build resilience through exercise. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Sailors and officers in Canberra have put Navy’s Resilience Plan into practice, by teaming up for dragon boat racing on Lake Burley Griffin. The event was organised by the New Generation Navy program team as an opportunity to build teamwork and fitness in a relaxed environment. Among the 32 paddlers who signed up were Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael Noonan, who enjoyed the fierce but friendly competition. The paddlers were drawn from a wide range of areas and each varied in experience…

08 Mar 2017

Navy Female Participation Rate Continues to Climb

Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Each year on 8 March, Australian Navy joins with institutions and organisations around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, recognising the achievements and vital role women deliver in the workforce. In 1911, when International Women’s Day began, the only ladies in the fleet were ships. Now, over a century later, women a part of the fabric of Navy, represented across all ranks and in every employment category. The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, said the day was a chance to build awareness of the obstacles women face.

30 Jan 2017

Aus Defence Chief Launches ‘Navy and the Nation’

Director Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson, Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, at the launch of the book 'The Navy and the Nation', held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Despite the oft sung words in the national anthem, Australians live often detached from the reality that “…our home is girt by sea”. In Canberra on 30 January, senior Defence leaders gathered at the Australian War Memorial to help launch a book that highlights Australia’s reliance on sea trade and a formidable Navy to protect sea lanes and prosperity. In the presence of His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Ret’d), Governor General of Australia, Dr Brendan Nelson…

18 Jul 2016

HMAS Darwin Returns from Middle East Deployment

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Chris Bradshaw with his partner Kylie and son Wyatt are reunited on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney at HMAS Darwin's welcome home ceremony. Photo RAN

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin home from a successful Middle East deployment. During her Operation MANITOU rotation, Darwin and her Ship’s Company seized a large cache of illicit weapons and narcotics. Vice Admiral Barrett  praised Darwin’s Ship’s Company on their accomplishments. “By removing weapons and drugs from circulation, you made a tangible difference, limiting terrorist organisations’ ability to raise money,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

16 Jun 2016

Australian Navy Welcomes its Newest Officers

New Entry Officers' Course 54 perform an Advance and Review as a AS-350BA Squirrel and two Bell 429's from 723 Squadron and a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron conduct a fly past. Photo RAN

Twenty weeks since walking through the gates of HMAS Creswell to start initial training, 104 naval officers graduated today. Friends and family were on hand to share in the achievements of the 82 men and 22 women. Honouring a long-standing commitment to the New Entry Officers, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, reviewed the parade, hosted by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN. “While we celebrate the achievements of the officers on parade today…

14 May 2016

RAN Base commissioned as HMAS Moreton

HMAS Moreton. will be the Navy’s first establishment commissioning since 1978 and is the third time an establishment has been named Moreton. Photo RAN

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) formally commissioned Navy Headquarters – South Queensland as HMAS Moreton today in a ceremony steeped in tradition. The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, together with Senators Joanna Lindgren and Chris Ketter, joined the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, to mark the significant and rare occasion. “The Navy last commissioned an establishment in 1978 and today’s transition of Navy Headquarters South Queensland to HMAS Moreton recognises the enduring relationship Navy has with Brisbane…

08 Apr 2016

Aussie Navy Opens Simulation Training Center

Official Opening of NTSC-R   (Photo: Australian Defense)

A state-of-the-art simulation facility has been opened in Sydney that will enhance training for Royal Australian Navy technical sailors. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, officially opened the $90 million Navy Training Systems Center at Randwick Barracks, and said the purpose-built facility would revolutionise how Navy prepares Marine and Electronic Technicians for their roles in the Fleet. “This next generation training facility will ensure Navy can fully utilize the extraordinary capabilities of both the Canberra class amphibious ships and the Hobart class destroyers…

02 Jan 2016

Australian, Chinese Navies Conduct Joint Exercise

The Peoples Liberation Army- Navy's 20th Naval Escort Task Force is conducting their first global deployment. While transiting to the port of Brisbane, the task force PLA-N Yiyan. Courtesy RAN

HMAS Darwin has conducted a passage exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Escort Task Group 152 off the coast of Queensland. The task group consists of three ships—the Luyang Class destroyer Jinan, (DDG-152), the Jiangkai Class frigate Yiyang (FFG-548), and the Fuchi Class replenishment ship Qindaohu. (AOR-886). The task group will spend five days in Brisbane from 2 January 2016. The PLA-N task group, completed counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of…

23 Jul 2015

Landing Craft Gifted to Philippines by Oz

Australia gifts landing craft Photo by Royal Australian Navy

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, was joined at HMAS Cairns today by his Philippine counterpart, Flag Officer in Command Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, at a ceremony to gift two decommissioned Australian Balikpapan class landing craft to the Government of the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan caused significant devastation to the Philippines in November 2013 and approximately 500 Australian Defence Force personnel, including the crew of HMAS Tobruk and a deployment of Army Engineers…

31 Jul 2015

Fond Farewell to HMAS Tobruk

Decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, today attended the decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk to bid the ship a fond farewell in Sydney. “In a time-honoured tradition, the Australian White Ensign was lowered for the last time and handed to Commanding Officer, Commander Leif Maxfield,” Mr Robert said. Tobruk provided sterling service and contributed to operations in Somalia…

31 Aug 2015

HMAS Canberra Initial Operational Capability

Recent imagery of HMAS Canberra

The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Ship, HMAS Canberra, has completed a graduated operational test and trials program to achieve a key milestone towards Initial Operating Capability. The program included integration of landing craft as well as trials for both the crew, ship and aviation systems. The Navy’s S70B Seahawk, Army’s S70A Blackhawk and the joint MRH-90 Taipan helicopters have now all been evaluated for operations from the Canberra class ships. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett…

29 Nov 2014

HMAS Canberra Joins the Fleet

HMAS Canberra guard, led by Guard Comander, Lieutenant Adam Simeoni, march on at the commencement of the commissioning ceremony held in the new ship in Sydney.

Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into service in the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian White Ensign was raised for the first time, signaling that HMAS Canberra III was formally commissioned into the Fleet. Navy, Army and Air Force members of ship’s company lined the aircraft hangar as invited guests witnessed the historic event.

17 Dec 2014

GE Gas Turbine Powers Australia’s Largest Warship

Canberra Class Amphibious Assault Ship concept (Image: RAN)

GE Marine’s LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine now powers the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) recently commissioned HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, the first of two LHDs to be introduced into the RAN fleet. According to the RAN’s website, “Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett said that the commissioning was a step towards developing the future of the Navy. ‘HMAS Canberra is an exciting addition to the Royal Australian Navy. HMAS Canberra also marks another…

02 Nov 2015

RAN, PLA-N hold Joint Exercise in Zhanjiang

Commanding Officer PLA Yuncheng, Captain Laing Xiong Jie, trades plaques with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart, Commander Aaron Nye, RAN, alongside Zhanjiang, China.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a port visit and naval exercise with the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) in Zhanjiang, China during the period 31 October to 2 November. The port visit by HMA Ships Stuart and Arunta to Zhanjiang included a combined planning session for the exercise, official functions with local dignitaries, sporting activities, discussions on the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, and other mariner skills training. The visit concluded today (2 November) with a combined exercise involving joint search and rescue training…

08 Nov 2015

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. Minister Payne paid tribute to the service of ship’s company past and present.

27 Jan 2015

Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

Commanding Officer of STS Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe OAM RAN (front, centre), and World Voyage Passage One Youth Crew celebrate rounding Cape Horn on Australia Day 2015.

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship, including 12 Royal Australian Navy crew and 24 alumni crew specially selected for the passage. Vice Admiral Barrett said the passage around the southernmost tip of South America remained one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet, and was a significant achievement for the crew of Young Endeavour.

29 Jan 2015

Australian Tall Ship Rounds Cape Horn

Young Endeavour

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN congratulated the 36 seafarers on board the square-rigged tall ship, including 12 Royal Australian Navy crew and 24 alumni crew specially selected for the passage. Vice Admiral Barrett said the passage around the southernmost tip of South America remained one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet, and was a significant achievement for the crew of Young Endeavour.

18 Dec 2015

Australian Defense Minister Visits Austal

Inspecting one of the two OPV-sized High Speed Support Vessels designed and constructed at Austal's Western Australia shipyard are (from left); Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett, Senator Linda Reynolds, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, Senator Chris Back and Austal Programs Manager, Ben Wardle. (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal on Wednesday welcomed the Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Marise Payne, to Austal’s Western Australian shipyard for a look at the company’s naval vessel design, construction and sustainment capabilities.   The Defense Minister’s delegation, which included Senator Linda Reynolds and Senator Chris Back, was joined by Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett for a tour of one of two OPV-sized High Speed Support Vessels; designed and constructed by Austal for the Royal Navy of Oman.

30 Dec 2015

Australian Frigate Deploys for the Middle East

HMAS Darwin (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and friends and family at Garden Island, Sydney, to farewell the 229 Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, spoke to the assembled crowd and noted that while most Australians were spending the festive season with their loved ones, Darwin was deploying on an important mission…

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