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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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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New Navy history website launched

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has launched a new website for the Naval Historical Society of Australia at an event at Cockatoo Island. The new website is a rich resource, which informs readers, researchers and students about the events, naval heritage sites, people and ships throughout Australian naval history. President Naval Historical Society of Australia, Captain David Michael said the new website was a comprehensive database. “If information is not on the site, directions will show the way or the Society’s research service can assist. “More than 1,500…

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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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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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Navy provides assistance in Vanuatu

The Australian Defence Force deployed humanitarian supplies in September to provide relief to communities displaced from Vanuatu’s Ambae Island with the island’s Manaro Volcano threatening to erupt. Thousands of people have now been evacuated from the island, with about 8,000 taken to the island of Espiritu Santo, and about 3,000 more taken to the nearby islands of Pentecost and Maewo. Australian Defence Force and AUSAID personnel have been delivering much needed humanitarian supplies. Tents for temporary shelter, kitchen supplies and lighting are providing relief to families and improving community safety.…

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