Paluma Assumes First Lady Mantle

August 6, 2019 – HMAS Paluma has been formally recognised as the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, assuming the title of longest serving ship in the Royal Australian Navy. Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead handed a perpetual trophy to Paluma’s ship’s company at her homeport in Cairns. Paluma became the First Lady of the Fleet following the decommissioning of HMAS Success after 33 years of service. Paluma was commissioned on 27 February 1989 and has sailed 421,000 nautical miles over the past 30 years, primarily charting the coastal waters…

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Enhanced Regional Engagement, PNG – HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma

July 14, 2019 – The crews of Royal Australian Navy survey motor launches HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma have been busy enhancing an important regional relationship during a recent port visit to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The two sister ships made their four-day port visit to Simpson Harbour as part of Australia’s Enhanced Regional Engagement program. Commanding Officers of both ships began by visiting the Rabaul cenotaph to pay respects to the fallen before meeting with the cenotaph’s curator. A working bee the following morning saw both Ship’s Companies eagerly…

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Solo operator meets the challenge

For Able Seaman Mathew Tickner, being the only Communication and Information Specialist on the survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid is a challenge he is ready and willing to accept. ”Radios, flags and IT support, I do it all,” he said. Delivering the full range of communications to support the ship and crew is a role he takes pride in and one he strives to enhance and learn from each day. With nine years’ service in the Navy, Able Seaman Tickner greatly enjoys the added responsibility of working with a professional…

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