Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit Field-Ready

July 24, 2019 – Three new specialist Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit teams have been declared mission-ready following an intense assessment exercise in Queensland. Deployable Geospatial Survey Teams 3 and 4 and Mobile Meteorological Team 3 from Navy’s Hydrographic, Meteorological & Oceanographic Group (HMGRP) were tested during a simulated humanitarian aid and disaster relief operation at HMAS Cairns, proving their readiness to deploy at short notice and work together to complete a complex survey in the field. The teams measured atmospheric and hydrographic conditions using field survey kits on the waters…

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Saab Sign Contract to Protect Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s Ports

Defence and security company Saab has been selected by Australian Maritime Systems Group (AMSG) to provide the Government of Queensland in Australia with a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS). This system will serve the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland´s ports in Australia. The system will improve maritime safety and navigation efficiency, safety of life at sea, and protect the marine environment. “Queensland’s existing Vessel Traffic Service operations would undergo a major systems upgrade to help meet the modern demands of international shipping and environmental safeguards. Operators will be able…

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Australian Defence Force completes Operation Queensland Assist 2017 Mission

April 12, 2017 – The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has commenced reducing its support to Queensland emergency services in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Units assigned to Joint Task Force 661 are gradually returning to their home bases as the clean-up and reconstruction situation in North Queensland moves into its next phase. The rapid ADF response following Tropical Cyclone Debbie saw more than 1,600 ADF personnel working to assist affected communities and the state emergency services. The Navy, Army and Air Force provided personnel, equipment and specialist capabilities on…

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Navy Completes Cyclone Assist Tasks

April 8, 2017 – As North Queensland continues its transition from the emergency response to the recovery phase, HMAS Choules and Melville have completed their tasks, in consultation with the Queensland Government, and now returned to normal duties with the Royal Australian Navy. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said both ships provided valuable assistance in Operation Queensland Assist 17 under Joint Task Force 661 to support those affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. “Hydrographic survey vessel HMAS Melville conducted port surveys across the region and used its Rigid…

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