HMAS Newcastle makes final entry into Sydney

June 21, 2019 – It was a happy occasion tinged with a hint of sadness as HMAS Newcastle arrived alongside Fleet Base East after entering Sydney for the final time with her ‘paying off’ pennant flying. Family and friends waited patiently alongside, welcoming the ship’s company home from their four month deployment. Signs on the wharf ranged from ‘welcome home’ banners to birthday wishes. For many of the crew it felt good to be home, but for some it was also a sad moment -knowing this was the last time…

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HMAS Newcastle Makes Farewell Visit to Namesake

June 17, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle has sailed into her namesake city for the final time after 25 years of faithful service, steaming more than 900,000 miles and gaining battle honors in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Persian Gulf. Newcastle’s arrival also marks the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide class guided missile frigate, which have formed the backbone of Navy operations for almost 40 years. Newcastle was the last of the Adelaide Class frigates commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy and was the last…

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HMAS Newcastle completes final international deployment

June 12, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) today celebrated the completion of the final overseas deployment by an Adelaide Class guided missile frigate, with HMAS Newcastle arriving back in Australia. Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, said the Adelaide Class frigates have been an indispensable part of Navy’s role in protecting Australia’s maritime interests for almost forty years. “Adelaide Class ships have formed the backbone of many Navy operations since 1980, serving with distinction on complex missions and cementing our reputation as one of the…

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Task Force Arrives in Indonesia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

May 20, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has begun its engagement program in Indonesia during the final port visits before returning to Australia later this month. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle arrived in Jakarta on 18 May, with HMAS Success visiting Makassar in South Sulawesi on the same day. Commander IPE 19 Joint Task Force, Air Commodore Rick Owen says the visits are a valuable opportunity to enhance one of Australia’s most important regional defens partnerships. “We have a shared maritime border and a…

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Newcastle always at Canberra’s side

May 15, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle continues to provide the critical role of primary defense for HMAS Canberra (III) and the wider protection for the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19) fleet. As it transits from west to east on its final mission, the Adelaide class guided missile frigate has been at Canberra’s side. The operations room supervisor and combat systems supervisor, Petty Officer Bianca Sherrington, said Newcastle used sensors and liaised with the other Royal Australian Navy ships to provide an up-to-date force picture for the IPE19 Joint Task Force. “In…

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Final top up for Success

May 18, 2019 – In the approach lanes of one of the busiest sea traffic waterways in the world, the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 Joint Task Force has fuelled up for the final leg of the major Australian Defence Force activity. HMA Ships Canberra, Newcastle and Success have visited Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as part of efforts to promote security and stability in the region. They will also visit ports in Singapore and Indonesia. Following a transit through the Malacca and Singapore Straits, the ships took on their…

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Newcastle navigates world’s busiest waters

May 14, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle, in company with the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 flagship HMAS Canberra (III), has made her final transit through the busiest and most complex waters in the world: the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The navigation officer in Newcastle, Lieutenant Mitchell Smith, was responsible for getting the ship – which will be decommissioned later this year – safely through the region. “As the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are some of the most strategic…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Task Force deepens ties with Vietnam

May 7, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force is continuing its international engagement activities with the arrival of two ships in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle’s port call follows the recent signing in November of the Joint Vision Statement on enhancing defense cooperation with Vietnam, and upgrading of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership in March 2018. These developments reflect the strength of the Australia-Vietnam relationship and our commitment to cooperating on areas of mutual interest. Commander of the IPE…

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Third Edition of Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Royal Australian and Indian Navies – AUSINDEX-19 set to begin

April 2, 2019 – The third edition of AUSINDEX, an acronym for Australia India Exercise is scheduled to commence with the arrival of HMAS Canberra (L02), a Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Newcastle(06) and HMAS Paramatta(154), both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success(OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler at Visakhapatnam on 02 April 19. The aim of the exercise is, “To strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the IN and RAN, providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the…

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IPE19 Prepares for EOD Training Activities with Regional Partners

March 26, 2019 – As the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR Task Force approached Sri Lanka, Australian Navy and Army teams prepared for diving, demolition and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training with regional partners. Platoon commander of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) embarked in Canberra for IPE19, Army Lieutenant Benjamin Selby, said the activity would encompass a wide range of joint training activities in preparation for military training serials with regional partners. “Working with our enabling partners drawn from across the ADF allows the IPE Task Force to deliver a world-class…

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Newcastle Patrols Bass Strait Oil Rigs

February 28, 2019 – While transiting to Western Australia for Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2019, the guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle separated from the OCEAN EXPLORER Task Group to undertake patrols of key oil infrastructure in the Bass Strait as part of Navy’s national maritime security commitment. Newcastle’s Commanding Officer, Commander Anita Sellick, described the importance of the patrols to the security of Australian maritime resources. “Royal Australian Navy ships and aircraft routinely patrol key oil and gas infrastructure as we undertake transits throughout the nation’s exclusive economic zone,” Commander Sellick…

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Cultural exchanges as Aussies and Japanese cross deck

September 30, 2018 – Royal Australian Navy sailors have tasted life at sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force as personnel from both services temporarily swapped places after Exercise Kakadu. On completion of the exercise, HMAS Newcastle and JS Sazanami DD-113 adjusted their programs to depart together from Darwin and conduct a Passage Exercise Program for three days. During those three days, six members from Newcastle conducted a cross deck with six members of JS Sazanami. Officers and sailors from JS Sazanami were given a tour of Newcastle and invited…

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Kakadu Task Groups Form Up

September 8, 2018 – The sea phase of Exercise Kakadu has shifted up a gear, with coalition ships beginning a series of challenging and complex maneuvers off the coast of the Northern Territory. Four ships from Australia, Singapore and China, rehearsed procedures for maneuvering warships so the units can confidently progress to more advanced scenarios. HMAS Newcastle’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Mitchell Smith, said operating closely together is the first building block for effective operations at sea. “Handling ships in close proximity is a fundamental part of being in a task…

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Novocastrians welcomed home in HMAS Newcastle

The boom of a seven-gun salute was a welcoming sound for the ship’s company of HMAS Newcastle as she returned to her namesake city for a port visit. To mark the guided missile frigate’s arrival, the first canon was fired from the historic Fort Scratchley by the ship’s Commissioning Lady, Margaret McNaughton. Hundreds of locals lined the foreshore for Newcastle’s entrance into the harbour as the seven-gun salute was returned with a round of volleys fired by members of ship’s company. Commanding Officer Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick was among seven…

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Australian and French warships exercise off Darwin

When more than 25,000 tonnes of steel in the shape of three warships exercise in close proximity to each other, it is an impressive example of each crew’s warfighting and seamanship skills. That display occurred when HMAS Newcastle trained with French Navy Ships Dixmude and Surcouf off the coast of Darwin recently. Newcastle practiced gunnery serials, officer of the watch maneuvers, communication exercises and replenishment at sea approaches with the two French vessels over a four-day period. Commanding Officer of Newcastle, Commander Anita Sellick, said exercises and engagements with foreign…

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