Royal Navy ships fulfil international duty in Asia Pacific

The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today that HMS Albion has deployed to North East Asia to safeguard free trade, partake in joint training and exercises, and support UN sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our Armed Forces are at the forefront of Global Britain, and the deployment of HMS Albion, Sutherland and Argyll demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our international responsibilities and to maintaining peace, security and prosperity in the region. Until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions,…

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HMAS AE1 remembered by two Navies

HMAS Toowoomba and HMS Sutherland have held simultaneous memorial services in honor of the lives lost during the sinking of Australia’s first submarine. The crews of both ships attended small ceremonies as they transited past the site of HMAS AE1 and its 35 crew members who went missing off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea in September 1914. HMAS AE1 was Australia’s first naval loss of World War One and the country’s oldest maritime war mystery before the submarine was discovered in December 2017. The…

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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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Pyne Tours HMS Sutherland in Adelaide

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, today toured the Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland as it called into South Australia. Sutherland is on a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific to strengthen defence ties, as well as promote stability and security through combined naval operations and exercises. Minister Pyne said the visit is a demonstration of the United Kingdom’s commitment to Australia and the region. “Australia and the UK are committed to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific and Sutherland’s visit continues the close cooperation between our two…

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Warships set sail for major exercise

Two submarines, ten ships and embarked aircraft have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney bound for war games off the east coast of Australia. The second iteration of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will once again feature a complex web of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, all designed to challenge the Navy’s top warfighters to achieve sea control. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said this year’s OCEAN EXPLORER was about building on the success of last year. “Last year’s Ocean Explorer saw the certification of a Sea Control Task…

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