Saab Receives Order for Australian OPV Situational Awareness System

Saab has received a contract from Luerssen Australia for the Situational Awareness System (SAS) for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV). The contract is expected to run over the 12 year OPV shipbuilding programme, which will see the delivery of 12 new ships. In addition to the SAS, which is based on Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System, the OPV will be fitted with Saab’s EOS 500 (electro-optical fire control director). “Saab Australia is pleased to receive this order from Luerssen Australia. This is also an important…

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Vice Admiral David Johnston Named Vice Chief of Australian Defence Force

David Lance Johnston was born in 1962 and entered the Royal Australian Naval College as a junior entry Cadet Midshipman in 1978. He graduated from the RAN College in 1982 as a seaman officer, later specializing as a Principal Warfare Officer. He has served as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Adelaide (FFG 01) and HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06). The latter command included deployment on Operation QUICKSTEP to Fiji in 2006. His staff appointments include Command and Control specialist staff positions in Australian Defence Headquarters, Operations Manager at Sailors’ Career Management…

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Navantia Cuts Steel for Second AOR for the Australian Navy

Navantia started on April 4, at its facilities in Fene, the construction of the second ship AAOR for the Australian Navy, with the cutting ceremony of the first steel for block 210. The sheet with which the cutting of AAOR 2 will start is a plate of 12,000 x 3,000 x 15 mm and of quality EH36 and the piece to be cut is a piece of lining of 3,790.46 Kg of weight. The contract for the design and construction of 2 logistics ships based on the “BAC Cantabria”, as…

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New Navy history website launched

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has launched a new website for the Naval Historical Society of Australia at an event at Cockatoo Island. The new website is a rich resource, which informs readers, researchers and students about the events, naval heritage sites, people and ships throughout Australian naval history. President Naval Historical Society of Australia, Captain David Michael said the new website was a comprehensive database. “If information is not on the site, directions will show the way or the Society’s research service can assist. “More than 1,500…

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A formidable presence on patrol

HMAS Adelaide has taken time during a busy schedule of training at sea to support wider border surveillance efforts. The Amphibious Assault Ship made use of embarked capability including Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats and an MRH-90 helicopter to patrol the Bass Strait Oil Rig Restricted Area off the Gippsland coast in Victoria. After departing her home port at Fleet Base East for several weeks of unit readiness evaluations, the ship sailed through Australia’s southeastern oil fields before making her maiden port visit to Melbourne. Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Earley, said…

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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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Choules supports First of Class flight trials

Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules has conducted First of Class Flight Trials for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter marking a significant increase to amphibious capability. Elements from the Australian Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment and the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit embarked Choules for the duration of the flight trials. The CH-47F conducted 206 launches and flew for a total of 66 hours. Observations and measurements of the flights formed the basis for the development of Ship Helicopter Operating Limits, which define the conditions for the safe conduct of CH-47F flying…

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ADF stands up Joint Task Force to help cyclone recovery

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a Joint Task Force (JTF) in response to a request from the Northern Territory Government for further assistance to aid recovery efforts in the cyclone affected communities of Darwin and Palmerston. The JTF is the whole-of -Defence emergency response to support to the clean-up following Tropical Cyclone Marcus on 17 March. The JTF consists of more than 400 locally based Navy, Army and Air Force personnel and will be under the command of 1st Brigade’s Brigadier Matt Pearse. Approximately 50 US Marines, already…

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One hundred million litres of fuel transferred by HMAS Sirius

HMAS Sirius has achieved a significant milestone with the ship supplying its one hundred millionth liter of fuel during underway replenishments at sea (RAS). For everyday Australians, this is the equivalent to topping up the family four wheel drive 1.25 million times. The milestone occurred during a dual replenishment of frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta off the south coast of New South Wales, with Parramatta receiving the golden litre of fuel. Sirius conducted her 500th replenishment with Melbourne in September 2017. Over 12 years of service, Sirius has conducted…

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KBR wins Future Submarine Construction Yard concept design contract

Naval Group Australia has partnered with KBR to support the design of the Future Submarine Construction Yard, a vital piece of the Osborne Naval shipbuilding precinct. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Future Submarine Construction Yard would sit alongside the surface shipyard, which will deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates. “KBR has extensive experience in this field and it’s great they have partnered with Naval Group Australia to complete the concept design for the state of the art construction yard where our Future Submarine…

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Task group resupply completed at sea

For the first time during an exercise, Navy has conducted a maritime task group resupply without bringing a single ship alongside. Warships at anchor off HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay took delivery of food, personnel and equipment via LHD Landing Craft (LLC) to enable warfighting capability for more than 2,000 personnel during the final phase of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division said Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra was instrumental to the resupply capability. “Embarking Light Landing Craft from…

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HMAS Westralia (II) Lifeboat Restored

Almost 12 years after decommissioning, part of the former HMAS Westralia (II) will find a permanent home outside the HMAS Stirling Naval Historical Display. In 2017, one of Westralia’s four lifeboats was located wasting away in the sprawling grounds of a Swan Valley café by Submarine Force Element Group Regulator Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Bill Prince. “My wife Chris and I were visiting the Swan Valley and we stopped at a café for lunch,” Chief Prince said. “After lunch, Chris pointed out a lifeboat that was sitting in…

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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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VP-8 “Fighting Tigers” participate in major Australian navy fleet exercise Ocean Explorer

The “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) traveled to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh in Adelaide, Australia to participate in Exercise Ocean Explorer, Feb. 25 to March 7. The second iteration of one the Australian navy’s largest war games included complex and diverse warfare scenarios in Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) exercises over a three week period. Ocean Explorer featured a complex web of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, all designed to challenge the Navy’s top warfighters to achieve sea control.…

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Tri-nation Exercise for HMAS Toowoomba

HMAS Toowoomba has strengthened the Royal Australian Navy’s ties to international Navies after hosting personnel from the United Kingdom and New Zealand during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. A junior officer from each country worked onboard the frigate during Navy’s premier fleet warfighting activity to conduct formal warfare training and aviation familiarisation respectively. Ensign Sean Kerwick of the Royal New Zealand Navy has joined Toowoomba for a 12-month posting to complete training as a Maritime Warfare Officer. “Working onboard Toowoomba has been brilliant, there’s an excellent command team and personnel of…

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