Minehunters Northbound for International Engagement

September 12, 2019 – Departing Sydney Harbour in the early evening, the Minehunters HMA Ships Diamantina and Gascoyne set sail on Monday for a three month North East Asia Deployment. The deployment marks the second time Royal Australian Navy mine counter measures vessels have deployed to the East Asia Region. This will also be the first time a Commander Task Group and staff will deploy with the units. The opportunity to build upon the relationships established with regional navies by the Minehunters in 2018 is an important component of the…

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Gascoyne Makes Way for Minewarfare Course

February 14, 2019 – In their first week at sea in 2019, the new Commanding Officer of HMAS Gascoyne and his Ship’s Company hosted the newest officers of the Mine Warfare community for their final sea assessment week. The visiting members of the Mine Warfare Officer Course demonstrated their consolidated skills in mine warfare serials by classifying, identifying and counter-mining sea mines (exercise mines). Under the supervision of instructors and the ship’s staff, the course participants conducted mine disposal vehicle runs which reinforced the importance of practicing mine warfare while…

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HMAS Gascoyne Home From Korea, Japan and the Philippines

December 22, 2018 – The Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne has returned to Australia after completing the longest voyage undertaken by a vessel of its class. HMAS Gascoyne, along with sister ship, HMAS Huon, had visited ports and exercised in the Republic of Korea, Japan and the Philippines. Gascoyne arrived alongside HMAS Waterhen from more than four months away to bet met by family and friends in time to celebrate Christmas at home. For the Commanding Officer of HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Richard Brickacek the return was the culmination…

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RAN Minehunters Shine

December 10, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Minehunters HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have been commended by Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Captain Yasushi Noguchi, the Commanding Officer of Mine Warfare Division Three, for their excellent result in successfully finding all underwater mines in a designated exercise area in minimal time. Lieutenant Commander Ryan Kelly, Chief of Staff to the Australian Mine Warfare Squadron and embarked Liaison Officer on JMSDF Ship Bungo, noted the fine performance of the RAN units. “For the JMSDF, Australia’s involvement in Exercise HYUGA…

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USS Chief Completes MCM Exercise with Japanese and Australian Navies

December 3, 2018 – USS Chief (MCM 14) participated in Mine Warfare Exercise 3JA 2018, Nov. 24-27. 3JA is an annual exercise series that is designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations between the U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and this year, for the first time, the Royal Australian Navy. “These opportunities to train with our partners demonstrate the commitment we have to maintain peace and stability throughout the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. During the exercise Sailors aboard Chief operated sonar to…

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Trilateral mine warfare exercise puts RAN Minehunters to the test

November 22, 2018 – At the largest gathering of mine warfare dedicated vessels seen in Japanese waters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have joined with 22 ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy (USN) to participate in the first joint mine warfare exercise in the region, Exercise HYUGA NADA 18. Over the next week the combined units will focus on conducting joint training in mine hunting, underwater explosive ordnance disposal, underwater mine disposal vehicle operations and joint interoperability activities. For Gascoyne’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant…

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HMAS Gascoyne makes port visit to Kure

November 14, 2018 – In the time-honored tradition of visiting warships paying respect to local dignitaries and officials, Commanding Officer of HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Richard Brickacek has conducted official calls in the port of Kure, Japan. With an escort provided by officers from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), LCDR Brickacek accompanied by the Australian Defence Attaché in Japan, Colonel Simon Monterola, paid formal visits to the Mayor of Kure, the Kure Police Chief, Deputy Commander of the regional Coast Guard unit and a representative of the JMSDF Fifth…

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US, Japan, Australia to conduct Mine Warfare Exercise

November 13, 2018 – The U.S. Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) are scheduled to begin Mine Warfare Exercise 3JA 2018 off the coast of southern Japan, November 17. This is part of an annual exercise series with the U.S. Navy and JMSDF, joined for the first time this year by the RAN. The exercise increases proficiency in mine countermeasure operations. “Our continued work with the JSMDF combined with this year’s addition of our Australian allies gives exercise 3JA a much more vibrant impact and…

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Royal Australian Navy Minehunters exercise with regional partners in North East

November 5, 2018 – Two Royal Australian Navy Minehunters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon, have completed a successful visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK), in their first deployment to the region in more than 70 years. Participating in multi-national Mine Countermeasure Warfare activities, Gascoyne and Huon joined ships and contingents from 13 nations to share knowledge and improve cooperation between participating navies. Australia’s Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, was in the ROK for the Minehunters’ arrival and said Australia’s participation in this activity highlighted the…

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Minehunter crews learn on the job

Officers and sailors onboard minehunter Coastals HMA Ships Huon and Gascoyne have brushed up on CBRN – Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence. Ship’s companies undertook a week of dedicated training at the Navy’s School of Survivability and Ship Safety before both ships proceeded to sea for further training. With the Sea Training Group (STG) embarked, Huon sailed off southern New South Wales coast for a week of damage control, seamanship, and ship survivability training and assessment. Despite a large proportion of crew change out at the end of 2017,…

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