Australia Trains Tonga Armed Forces

December 1, 2019 – The ship’s company of the Leeuwin-class survey ship HMAS Melville provided assistance to the maritime branch of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga during a recent task group visit to Nuku’alofa. The task group, which includes HMA Ships Adelaide and Larrakia, is part of Australia’s Pacific Step-up and enduring Defence Cooperation Program. Tongan Naval Hydrographic Surveyor…

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Gliding into the Coral Sea

November 16, 2019 – The Leeuwin Class Hydrographic Survey ship HMAS Melville has deployed three Slocum Gliders in vicinity of the Coral Sea, as part of the SEA2400 trials and Australia’s continued efforts to test new technology to enhance the hydrographic surveying capabilities of the Navy and the Nation. This was the second time Melville had deployed the autonomous underwater…

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Surveying Dampier Strait With Determination

September 18, 2019 – As part of the Royal Australian Navy’s ongoing commitment to its historically strong partnership with its regional neighbor Papua New Guinea, a number of Hydrographic Surveying vessels have been deployed to improve charting accuracy in the region. Hydrographic vessels, namely Her Majesty’s Australian Ships Melville, Benalla and Shepparton, have been working collaboratively and ‘with determination’, to…

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