HMAS Anzac Arrives Fleet Base East After South East Asia Deployment

HMAS Anzac has returned to Fleet Base East after a three month South East Asia Deployment as part of a three ship Task Unit with HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. Since departing Fleet Base East in March, Anzac has visited seven ports in six nations, participated in two international exercises, conducted passage exercises with French, Royal Thai and Philippines navies and travelled a total of 13,000 nautical miles. For Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Amanda Hutchinson, returning to Fleet Base East caps off a great experience, visiting some of our…

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RAN Participation in Exercise KOMODO concludes

The third iteration of Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO (MNEK) has drawn to a close off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. The shore phase of the exercise saw participant nations conduct a city parade, cultural and sporting events, and engagement activities. On completion, warships joined for two days of practical exercises at sea. HMAS Anzac sailed in formation with 33 other warships, bound for the designated exercise area before a sail past on the final day marked the close of MNEK 2018. For 2018, the overarching theme of the exercise was…

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Royal Australian Navy Ships visit Vietnam

HMA Ships Anzac, Toowoomba and Success have completed a port visit to Vietnam, as part of a three month South East Asia deployment. During the port visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Anzac, Toowoomba and Success conducted a logistic resupply and local engagement with Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and local government officials. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said Anzac, Toowoomba and Success’ deployment provided an opportunity to continue to build a working relationship with Vietnamese counterparts and engagement with Australia’s ASEAN partners. “I am particularly pleased that…

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Australia and France exercise at sea

HMAS Anzac and FS Vendémiaire have conducted a passage exercise off the East coast of Australia to support training and build interoperability between Navies. Both ships took the opportunity to conduct boat transfers and cross deck operations, where six personnel from each ship spent an afternoon experiencing life at sea in a foreign warship. Onboard Vendémiaire, Anzac personnel were greeted by the Chief Engineer who took them on a tour of the ship, including the machinery control room, bakery, hangar, bridge, upper decks and wardroom. Maritime Warfare Officer Sub Lieutenant…

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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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Hobart’s RAS with fellow First-In-Class

HMAS Hobart has completed her first ever replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia. Both ships – the first in their respective classes – sailed from Fleet Base East to immediately conduct officer-of-the-watch maneuvers as Hobart closed up along Anzac’s starboard side. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said that the ship’s company had to focus on an intricate series of maneuvers leading into the RAS. “We wanted to get our first RAS right and set the standard for what I expect to…

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No place like home for Anzac

As the clock struck the 11th hour of the 11th day of November this year, HMAS Anzac III was sailing home across the Great Australian Bight after completing a challenging 12 week maintenance period away from her home port. Together with colleagues across the Australian Defence Force, they observed a minute’s silence to remember the deeds and sacrifices of those who came before them. Maintenance and training are not typically the subject of glorious military legend, but they are the foundation of all materiel and personnel readiness that underpins the…

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Success Flexes Mariner Skills

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million liters of fuel. During EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, Success flexed her mariner skills by achieving a three-point replenishment, where the ship simultaneously replenished two ships with fuel, while consigned cargo was transferred by the ship’s MRH90, multi-role helicopter. In one particular day, Success transferred approximately 1.5 million liters of fuel and 20,800 kg of fresh produce to HMA Ship’s Darwin,…

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Albany Welcomes Anzac

HMAS Anzac is welcomed to Albany by Harbour Master CAPT Gary Wilson and Southern Ports Authority personnel for her first visit since 2014. March 11, 2017 – HMAS Anzac has arrived in her adopted home port of Albany for a short respite visit after a number of weeks honing war fighting skills in Western Australian waters. The ship was taking part in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, a major fleet training activity supported by the Royal Australian Air Force. A key focus of the exercise was multi-ship or ‘task group’ operations. Commanding Officer, Commander Michael Devine, said visiting Albany was to be a…

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Anzac straight into work up

January 25, 2017 – A Boatswains Mate mans the Browning 12.7mm machine gun on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Anzac during a Force Protection departure from Fleet Base. HMAS Anzac departed Fleet Base East in Sydney for the first time in 2017 in style – in formation with HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta. Anzac was heading for the East Australian Exercise Area, the Australian Defence Force training zone off the New South Wales coast. Anzac’s first week at sea included a ‘shakedown’ period, designed to refresh the knowledge and…

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