Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

August 28, 2019 – After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week. During her five-month deployment, Farncomb took part in Exercises BERSAMA SHIELD, PACIFIC VANGUARD and TALISMAN SABRE. Commanding Officer HMAS Farncomb, Commander Gary Lawton said it had been a demanding time for his crew. “The team has been exposed to a diverse range of activities during this deployment. “This type of training and the ability to tackle any situation that may present itself is paramount to…

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Vendémiaire Trains With HMAS Brisbane

August 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – At the end of a week of training, essential to the training of the newly embarked personnel, the crew of the Vendémiaire conducted a day of joint exercise with the Australian Navy. Made with HMAS Brisbane, the latest Australian destroyer off the coast of Nouméa, it allowed French and Australian sailors to improve their interoperability by running complex exercises. The interaction began with an evolution exercise in parallel with the implementation of the Alouette III. The latter took several snapshots of evolutions before making…

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Sirius Attends Bastille Day in Noumea

July 26, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has conducted a port visit to Noumea, New Caledonia, where the ship’s company marched through the streets with the French Armed Forces to mark Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day is celebrated on 14 July each year to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, which was a turning point of the French Revolution. Bastille Day also marks the anniversary of the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Being fluent in French,…

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Navy Officer Gets Experience on American Icebreaker to Antarctica

February 22, 2019 – Lieutenant Sophie Going joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) for travel and adventure and she has found both, travelling to Antarctica recently on an American icebreaker. Lieutenant Going, 26, from Devonport, will be the navigator on the RNZN’s new ship Aotearoa, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020. That ship will travel to Antarctica every two years, so to help prepare Lieutenant Going joined the crew of the United States Coastguard ship Polar Star to experience its icebreaking operation on the month-long voyage. Aotearoa,…

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Container ship Kea Trader stranded: Armed Forces in New Caledonia mobilized

Google Translation On Wednesday, 12 July 2017, the Kea Trader, an 184-meter container ship, ran aground on Durand Reefs, 50 nautical miles southeast of Mare Island, triggering the ORSEC Ship Assistance Plan In difficulty, and the setting up, under the responsibility of the commander of the maritime zone New Caledonia, of the Crisis Treatment Center (CTCM). On the same day the armed forces of New Caledonia mobilized. The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate diverged to rally the zone as quickly as possible and to support the action of the projected means. At…

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