Navy celebrates 190 years on Garden Island

June 14, 2019 – One hundred and ninety years of Navy presence on the unique shores of Garden Island, Western Australia was celebrated recently at HMAS Stirling. The event, which was attended by a number of dignitaries including the Governor of Western Australia, The Hon Kim Beazley AC; previous commanding officers, and serving members and families, took place at the Sir James Stirling Mess, named after the Royal Navy officer who first landed on the island on 7 June 1829. Stirling’s Commanding Officer Captain Ainsley Morthorpe said he was still…

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Contract Awarded for Second Stage of Infrastructure Works at Garden Island

March 25, 2019 – Defense is delivering a Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program in two stages to address significant condition, capacity and compliance issues with its existing wharves and engineering services. Today Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, announced critical infrastructure works at Garden Island, Sydney NSW, which will be delivered under Stage Two of the Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program, valued at $286 million. The works represent the Government’s significant investment in Garden Island as the primary home port for Navy ships on the east coast. This investment…

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A flurry of activity sets the tone for a busy 2019

January 23, 2019 – There’s a flurry of activity at Garden Island in Sydney as Fleet Units and support organizations busily prepare for the year ahead. The year began on a positive note with HMAS Ballarat interdicting 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East. Navy’s Patrol Boats remained stalwart over the Christmas period, patrolling Australia’s northern maritime borders, and HMAS Huon returned home in mid-January following a four-month North East Asian deployment. Most Fleet units are now diligently working to ensure ships, systems and personnel are ready for the…

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$213 Million Wharf Infrastructure Project at Garden Island

Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, today launched an Indigenous joint-venture to deliver the $213 million Bayinguwa critical wharf works project at Garden Island Defence Precinct, the Royal Australian Naval Base in Sydney. The Bayinguwa Delivery Team is a joint venture between Pacific Services Group Holdings Pty Ltd (PSG Holdings) and Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd. PSG Holdings, a small to medium enterprise that is 100 per cent Indigenous owned, managed the design of the works. PSG Holdings has teamed with Lendlease for the construction…

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Garden Island – where conservation meets capability

There is often something charming about an older building, but if one truly feels like it might be from another century, it may be time to consider some improvements. But what happens when heritage value and modern warfare combine? Navy’s home in the west, Fleet Base West at Garden Island has a thought-provoking history but is about to get a significant series of upgrades that need to take into account the value of documenting past use. Having boasted numerous military installations as part of the fixed defenses ‘to keep the…

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HMAS Newcastle Completes Last RAN FFG Middle East Deployment

HMAS Newcastle returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, today following a six month deployment to the Middle East region. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, welcomed 230 members of the ship’s company home from the deployment, which included counter-terrorism and counter-piracy patrols as part of the Combined Maritime Forces and a two-week attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.

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Warramunga deploys for nine month Middle East mission

HMAS Warramunga and her ship’s company of 190 has departed Fleet Base East at Garden Island, Sydney for maritime security operations in the Middle East. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne , Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined family and friends to farewell the ship and loved ones for their nine-month deployment to Operation Manitou. Minister Payne said Warramunga would work as part of an international coalition, the Combined Maritime Forces, to interrupt the illegal drug trade that funds terrorism. “Australia has a long standing…

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Welcome to the fleet – HMAS Hobart III

With a zealous crowd and great fanfare, the guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart was commissioned in to the Royal Australian Navy fleet in a formal ceremony at Garden Island in Sydney today. The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull joined with other dignitaries, ship’s company and family and friends to welcome the newest ship to the Australian Fleet. Mr Turnbull said Australia plays a leading role in ensuring the world remains at peace. “In these uncertain times, a strong, well equipped Australian Defence Force is absolutely critical,” he said. “The commissioning of…

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