Australia further strengthens regional maritime security

September 22, 2018 – Australia is continuing its commitment to regional maritime security through an upgrade of wharf and shore-based infrastructure by Fletcher Morobe Constructions Limited at Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the $5 million contract is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Lombrum upgrades will support the safe and secure berthing of PNG’s four new Guardian-class Patrol Boats,” Minister Pyne said. “The infrastructure works build upon existing security cooperation between Defence…

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HMAS Choules to open its heart to Sydney on 22 September

September 19, 2018 – Navy enthusiasts and curious minds of all ages are in for a rare treat on Saturday 22 September as one of Australia’s largest and tallest Navy ships, HMAS Choules, invites civilians on board in support of the NSW Kids in Need charity. The Royal Australian Navy Tour includes exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to naval base Garden Island and 176-metre long amphibious Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules. More often deployed for the ‘heavy lifting’ required in national and international disaster relief, HMAS Choules and its crew will dedicate a day in port at…

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Australian, Fiji patrol boats conduct joint boarding operations

September 11, 2018 – Patrol boat crews from Australia and Fiji have conducted joint boarding operations on a simulated illegal fishing vessel as part of Exercise Kakadu in the Northern Territory. Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Glenelg and the Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau conducted the joint exercise outside of Darwin Harbour. Australian and Fijian personnel worked side-by-side during the boarding operation and on the bridges of both patrol boats. Lieutenant Commander Jorge McKee, Commanding Officer of Glenelg, said cross-training opportunities were essential and a key component of the…

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SCANTER 6002 for RAN SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel

In May 2018 the contract signing for the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) was successfully completed between Saab Australia and Terma Singapore for the customer, the Royal Australian Navy, (RAN). Terma is contracted to deliver the SCANTER 6002 radar for all 12 OPVs over a period of 10 years. The Lürssen designed OPVs will replace and improve upon the capability delivered by the existing Armidale Class Patrol Boats. The primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions and the OPV will be the primary RAN asset for…

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Local companies jump on board Future Submarines

August 9, 2018 – Australian companies are showing a high level of enthusiasm to be part of the Future Submarine Program. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said more than one thousand local businesses have formally registered their interest. Naval Group, as our partner for the Future Submarines, and Lockheed Martin Australia as the combat system integrator, have held eight submarine industry days as part of ongoing engagement with local companies. “As of 1 June 2018, 873 have registered interest with Naval Group, and 227 have…

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Sonar Trials and Testing Facility in Tasmania

Thales Australia is looking to make Tasmania the home of a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems. Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the establishment of the facility. The potential locations being investigated for the facility are located in the federal seat of Braddon and will create jobs and develop world leading expertise for the region. The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, who witnessed today’s…

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Fleet Commander meets Navy RIMPAC Commanders

Sailing for the sea phase of RIMPAC 18 aboard HMAS Success there was meeting of minds when Navy’s senior leadership team met with Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead. According to RADM Mead, this is one of Navy’s single largest commitments to RIMPAC, and apart from the host United States Navy, the RAN is the longest contributor of forces to the exercise. “RIMPAC continues to be Navy’s most important military engagement and its significance can’t be underestimated. We train, practice and learn from our allies and friends in circumstances which…

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Australia’s safest ever submarine rescue system goes into service

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Australian Government have granted the license to operate new $A19.7 million (£11.05 m) hyperbaric equipment which means that for the first time, the whole crew of an Australian submarine can be treated at once. The equipment – a transfer under pressure chamber and recompression treatment suite – was received from JFD, the world’s leading company in submarine rescue and part of James Fisher and Sons plc as part of an existing Escape and Rescue contract at its advanced manufacturing headquarters at Bibra Lake,…

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Max Speed for Young Endeavour

The RAN-crewed brigantine STS Young Endeavour has reached her maximum design speed under sail in ideal conditions off Newcastle recently. With wind speeds of up to 45 knots and a four meter swell, the conditions were a challenge for the 21 strong youth crew who had control of the square-rigged tall ship. Despite being pummeled by wind, rain and a passing hail storm, the sailing was exhilarating for the young crew. “It was our roughest day by far, but the youth command team really stepped up,” 19-year old Patrick Kisi…

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‘It’s a game changer’ – Navy members excited by Future Frigate force

Navy people were taking in the news on Friday that UK firm BAE Systems had been selected as the preferred tenderer for the largest peacetime naval shipping construction project in Australia’s history. BAE’s Global Combat Ship – Australia has been assessed as the capability best suited for our nation, providing the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty. Lieutenant Commander Luke Bogan watched the big announcement from his workplace, at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in South…

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Hunter Class Marks New Era for Navy’s Future Fleet

Navy’s future frigates will be known as ‘Hunter Class’ with the Chief of Navy confirming the first of the Hunter Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) to be commissioned in the late 2020s. In a signal to all Navy personnel, Vice Admiral Barrett said class name was chosen to reflect the tradition of naming RAN ships that promote Navy’s bond with the Nation. In this case, the first three ships of the Hunter class will proudly carry the names of three major Australian regions, all with strong historical maritime and naval…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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