HMAS Waterhen building capability for Navy and its partners

September 16, 2018 – Three decades ago there was debate about whether or not the small establishment of HMAS Waterhen was surplus to Defence requirements. It was decided that it would provide continued service and be a key component to Navy’s future. Today Waterhen provides support, training and a variety of services to Defence and other federal bodies. On any given day you will find a mix of assets from Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Surface Force or Defence Maritime Services (DMS), and maybe visiting ships…

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Deployable Mine Countermeasures increase

The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels. The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the prevalence and increasing sophistication of sea mines means the Royal Australian Navy must continue to improve the way it finds and disposes of these mines. “New autonomous and remote-controlled technologies deployed from within the maritime task force provides the opportunity to find and dispose of sea mines more safely and efficiently,” Rear Admiral Mead said. “In the…

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Mine warfare hub sees smoke

Published on 12 February 2017 LCDR David Hellier (author) Location(s): HMAS Waterhen Topic(s): Ceremony and Traditions, HMAS Waterhen, Culture, Events, Mine Countermeasures LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smoldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits. February 12, 2107 – HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a ‘sleepy hollow across the Harbor’ by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting…

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