Silent service secrets revealed

The crew of HMAS Waller had the unique opportunity to show their family members what they do when they go to sea on a recent sea ride from HMAS Stirling at Rockingham to the Port of Fremantle. The visitors were treated to a hands-on adventure which included several hours with the submarine dived as Waller sailed in preparation for Port of Fremantle Maritime Day activities. Many had never been underway in a submarine and were treated to viewing live information on the displays as well as noting the skill and…

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Rankin renders assistance

It is a rare occasion that a submarine finds itself involved in the co-ordination of life-saving events, however that is exactly how the day began for the crew of HMAS Rankin last month. In transit through the Success Parmelia Channel just west of Fremantle, a single red flare initiated what can only be described as a true example of the mutual respect and mateship held between mariners. With winds gusting up to 30 knots and the sea rising to 2 – 2.5 metres, dozens of ocean paddlers participating in ‘The…

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French Frigate Visiting Fremantle

The French Navy’s newest FREMM frigate, FS Auvergne, berthed at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port November 15th. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EXGoTpdKq8[/embedyt] The ship started its maiden operational deployment from its homeport of Toulon on 18 August. The frigate has spent the past four months operating in the Indian Ocean where it was put through its paces by its crew. An NH90 helicopter has been embarked on the frigate during the deployment. FS Auvergne and crew started preparations for this deployment a year ago. The frigate was built by DCNS (now Naval Group), launched in September 2015…

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INSV Tarini Arrives in Fremantle

INSV Tarini entered Fremantle (Australia) port October 23, 11 days behind schedule, during her maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, and the crew comprises Lieutenant Commanders Pratibha Jamwal, P Swathi, and Lieutenants S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta. Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri had flagged-off INSV Tarini from Goa on 10 Sep 17. The vessel has covered 4800 Nautical miles from Goa, crossing the Equator…

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