Submarines Play a Vital Role in National Security

October 10, 2019 – The Deputy Secretary National Security, Caroline Millar recently visited HMAS Sheean at Fleet Base West to see first-hand the vital capabilities submarines provide to secure the nation. After an initial briefing by Deputy Commander Submarine Force, Commander Chris Forward, Millar was provided a tour onboard HMAS Sheean where the Deputy Secretary was welcomed aboard by Commanding Officer HMAS Sheean, Commander Darren White. Ms Millar was keen to know what activities the submarine had undertaken during the year and what was planned for the future. Commander White…

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Arunta Hosts Industry VIPs After AMCAP Upgrade

July 29, 2019 – Dignitaries from the Warship Asset Management Agreement and senior Navy officers joined HMAS Arunta on 19 July, for a VIP sea-day following the ship’s recent Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program upgrade. The day, which marked Arunta’s return to service after undergoing the 20-month upgrade, included an air warfare serial to demonstrate the impressive capabilities of the new SEA 1448 Phase 4B air search radar. Class Lifecycle Engineering Officer, Commander David Bettell, said the AMCAP upgrade ensured that Navy’s Anzac Class ships ranked among the most advanced…

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HMAS Ballarat Home From Deployment

July 15, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has been enthusiastically welcomed home to Australia following a highly successful nine-month deployment as part of Operation MANITOU. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, were joined by family, friends and supporters on the wharf at Fleet Base West on Sunday 14 July 2019 to praise the counter-terrorism efforts of Ballarat’s 200 officers and sailors who seized nearly 20 tonnes of illicit drugs worth an estimated value…

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Rankin Home for Christmas

December 16, 2018 – After nearly seven months away on deployment, the crew of HMAS Rankin has returned to Fleet Base West, to be met by the sight of familiar faces. Arriving just in time for Christmas, the crew were welcomed by friends, family and representatives of the Submarine Force. Rankin’s return to her home port comes after several busy months at sea, the highlight being her involvement in the multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 18. Life goes on and being away for such a long period saw…

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HMAS Ballarat deploys for nine-month Middle East mission

October 28, 2018 – HMAS Ballarat and her Ship’s Company of 190 officers and sailors departed Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia for maritime security operations in the Middle East on Sunday, 28th October 2018. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead joined family and friends to farewell the ship and loved ones for their nine-month deployment to Operation MANITOU. RADM Mead said Ballarat would continue the RAN’s contribution to the Middle East region to ensuring safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce.…

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