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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