HMAS Broome on Patrol

December 14, 2018 – As Navy commissions new Major Fleet Units, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons and construction begins on the new Offshore Patrol Vessels, the fleet of boats in Australia’s northern most approaches remains constantly on watch. The crews of these Armidale class Patrol Boats (ACPBs) – sleek 56.8m machines capable of steaming at more than 25 knots – maintain an essential array of defence and border protection functions and strong and enduring relationships with our close neighbours. Captain Patrol Boats Captain Jason Hunter says the fleet of ACPBs, along…

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Prince of Wales commends Navy’s most outstanding unit

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales presented the Duke of Gloucester’s Cup to the crew of Hydrographic Ship (HS) Blue Crew at HMAS Cairns April 8th. The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup is awarded annually to the Royal Australian Navy unit that has demonstrated the highest level of overall proficiency in the previous year and is customarily presented by the Governor-General. As the winner of the Duke of Gloucester’s Cup for 2017, Hydrographic Ship Blue Crew had the rare honor of receiving this significant award fromThe Prince of Wales. Commander…

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Aviation training facilities tested

The Navy’s newest aviation capability has been stretching her wings off the eastern seaboard, with the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit conducting first of class flight trials with the EC-135 helicopter in aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore. The trials are an important step in developing the safe limits for operations of a specific helicopter to a particular class of ship, commonly known as a ships helicopter operating limits or by the term, ‘SHOL’. This trial was also the first time any aircraft has operated from Sycamore, thus allowing her…

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Along for the ride on Leeuwin

January 24, 2017 – Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship’s company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment. The visitors were treated to a precise navigation pilotage from HMAS Cairns, through the Cairns channel and out to sea. Once the ship had made it to sea a man overboard drill was undertaken with the ‘man’ recovered by the ship’s…

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