Submarines – a ‘worthy’ force

The requirement to traverse both in and on the waters of the greater region creates significant complexity for the enterprise that gets Australian submarines to sea. The sum of all the parts is called ‘seaworthiness’ and looks at the physical condition of submarines as well as the status and training of the personnel that are required to crew and support them. So who deems a submarine ‘worthy’? This year, four Royal Australian Navy Commodores with a wealth of experience and knowledge provided an assurance, based on evidence supplied, that the…

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Upgrades underway at HMAS Stirling

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator for Western Australia Slade Brockman today welcomed the commencement of the $367 million redevelopment of Western Australian naval base HMAS Stirling. Minister Payne and Senator Brockman attended a sod-turning ceremony to officially mark the commencement of construction, which will deliver upgraded infrastructure and services to support Navy’s operations in the Indian Ocean. “HMAS Stirling is one of Australia’s most important naval bases and this investment will modernise essential infrastructure such as the wharves, power, water and security systems,’’ Minister Payne…

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Navy in Vietnam Remembered

Commemorative services for Vietnam Veterans’ Day involving both current and former Royal Australian Navy members took place across the country recently with Navy’s Western Australian-based personnel attending services at War Memorials in Port Kennedy and the City of Joondalup. The Port Kennedy service was well attended and included children from local schools as well as many veterans. The service was again arranged by the Totally and Partially Disabled Veterans of WA with Executive Officer HMAS Stirling, Commander Milton Treeby, laying a wreath and personnel from Stirling forming the catafalque party….

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Sailor takes a bow

February 12, 2017 – Enacting a character in a gritty Western Australian 1800s Western feature film is a far cry from maintaining multiple weapon systems onboard Anzac class frigates. Defence skills acquired during postings and deployments have helped Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams’ to improve his confidence as an actor in the entertainment industry. He says that skills acquired in the Navy, such as weapons training, leading people and a professional work ethic has prepared him for an acting career in the competitive industry, as he transitions to the Active Reserves. “When I was…

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