Thales Sonar Upgrades to Extend Collins Class Capability

Australia’s strategic priority on enhancing its submarine capability will be supported by Thales through major upgrades of the sonar systems on all six Collins class submarines. The A$230million contract with Thales is part of a A$542million project approved by the Australian Government for the upgrade of the Collins class sensor capabilities, the key to extending the life and the regional superiority of the Collins fleet. Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the Collins sonar upgrades continued a 30 year history of support for the Collins program since the original transfer…

Read More

Navy helps Bofors gun find a new home

A 40/60 Bofors gun has found a new home at the Aviation Heritage Museum after a combined effort from Navy, the Aviation Heritage Museum and the Western Australian Museum to prepare the gun for display. The gun was donated to the WA Museum some years ago and was held in the museums collectible storage facility. The Aviation Heritage Museum made a request of the Western Australian Museum to display the gun however, the gun whilst being inoperable required some work to bring it up to standard for display purposes. Navy…

Read More

Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels. The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital. This work will help to identify passages…

Read More

Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and showed the strength like-minded nations have in combating the trans-national threat of global terrorism. CDRE Mal Wise said he was proud of the achievements made by CTF150 during the past…

Read More

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 18 departs for South Pacific deployment

A Joint Task Group of Royal Australian Navy ships and embarked soldiers and marines has set sail from Townsville, bound for a major maritime activity to build regional security and stability in the South Pacific. HMAS Adelaide embarked vehicles, equipment and soldiers from Townsville’s 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment on Friday, for participation in Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE18). Equipment loaded into HMAS Adelaide included five Unimog trucks that will be gifted to Tonga by The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, when the Task Group arrives in Nuku’alofa in mid-June. Representing…

Read More

NUSHIP Brisbane completes CAT 5 trials and cooks up a storm

NUSHIP Brisbane has recently completed her Category 5 (CAT 5) Sea Trials off the coast of Adelaide. During CAT 5 Sea Trials, the functional performance of the Mission System as a whole is verified. This verification is a pre-requisite to enable the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to deliver Brisbane to the Department of Defence for provisional acceptance. During this phase of trials, testing of key components of both the platform and combat systems occurred. Achieving this key milestone represents an important step closer to becoming the RAN’s newest DDG. During…

Read More

Arunta upgrade marks milestone for frigates

The Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance has achieved a critical milestone with the removal of HMAS Arunta’s mast during its Anzac Midlife Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP). The mast removal is required to allow for the installation of a new radar system and was conducted at BAE Systems, Henderson, Western Australia. WAMA Alliance Major Projects Implementation Manager CMDR Steve Ford said the program would incorporate the SEA 1448 Phase 4B Air Search Radar, a replacement to the aging SPS49 Long Range Air search radar. He said the new radar was…

Read More

MV Sycamore supporting HATS with embarked aviation operations

It was a week of “firsts” when instructors from HMAS Albatross’s 723 Squadron (Joint Helicopter School) commenced training with the Royal Australian Navy’s new-generation Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV), MV Sycamore. It was the first time RAN conducted deck landings in the EC-135 helicopter and also the first time MV Sycamore conducted deck landing training. “More than forty deck landings were made and five instructors achieved their Deck Landing Qualifications” 723 Squadron Commanding Officer, CMDR Bruce Willington said. “This was the realization of hard work and dedication by several organizations…

Read More

Capability on display for launch of NUSHIP Sydney

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship has been launched during a ceremony at Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. The Hobart Class Destroyer Sydney carries a proud name and is a significant warfighting enhancement to Australia’s fleet. Air Warfare Destroyers like NUSHIP Sydney use a combination of global and Australian technology, to provide defence to a Task Group from air, surface and submarine threats. They are the first Australian ships equipped with the US Aegis weapon system, which significantly enhances Navy warfighting capability and allows them to work more closely with…

Read More

Australian Defence Force trained with partners at Exercise Bersama Shield 2018

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations. Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom participated in the bi-annual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional…

Read More

Offshore Patrol Vessels

In November 2017 the Turnbull Government selected Lurssen as the prime contractor to supply 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Navy. At the time, the Turnbull Government also asked Lurssen to explore options to leverage the wider shipbuilding experience base at Henderson in Western Australia, potentially opening an option for Austal to participate in the WA build program, subject to commercial negotiations. Lurssen today announced negotiations between Austal, which have been underway since December 2017, have not been able to reach a viable commercial agreement. Minister for Defence Industry,…

Read More

Regional Mine Warfare teams unite to secure regional trade

The risk posed by sea mines is a key focus at this year’s Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise (MCM DIVEX), hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the New South Wales south coast. MCM DIVEX is hosted by a WPNS member every two years. This year’s exercise is being held at HMAS Creswell. Commander of Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Squadron, Commander Brett Dawe, said teams from 18 nations are spending a fortnight learning from each other’s experiences. “Each nation taking part in…

Read More

South Pacific deployment beckons for HMAS Adelaide

HMAS Adelaide is preparing to embark on its longest deployment this year – a three month journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii and back called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 (IPE18). The deployment represents the second iteration of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour activity in which Adelaide has been the flagship. IPE18 begins at the end of the month and HMAS Adelaide’s Commanding Officer, CAPT Jonathan Earley says his crew are making final preparations for the journey. “We are very excited to be deploying again on this important activity in our region, having…

Read More

Tigers roam over Scotland

Navy’s ability to track and hunt submarines is being put to the test in a high-end warfare exercise off the coast of Scotland. Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 2018 has seen 816 Squadron join one of the world’s largest and most challenging exercises in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The exercise is a NATO-run anti-submarine warfare activity, involving eleven nations. Three submarines, two conventional and one nuclear, are the main focus, along with more than thirty surface assets and multiple ASW helicopters and Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Commanding Officer 816 Squadron, Commander Anthony Savage said…

Read More

Australia and Indonesia unite to improve maritime security

A coordinated patrol between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) to improve security along the shared maritime border has concluded recently in Bali, Indonesia. Coordinated maritime patrol AUSINDO CORPAT 2018, the eighth iteration of the exercise, began in Darwin on 16 April following seven days of joint exercises between the two nations’ defence forces. The ADF’s HMAS Broome and TNI’s naval vessels KRI Layang and Kakap covered waters between Australia and Indonesia over nine days, targeting maritime security threats, including illegal fishing, while improving the collection…

Read More