Australian Tall Ships Welcome Chilean Navy to Sydney

August 1, 2019 – Four Australian tall ships, including the Royal Australian Navy operated STS Young Endeavour, have welcomed Chilean Navy Buque Escuela Esmeralda to Sydney today. STS Young Endeavour, James Craig, Soren Larsen and MV Martindale, accompanied by HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Diamantina met the 113-metre long four-masted barquentine outside Sydney Heads and escorted her into the harbour. As she passed Garden Island, Esmeralda fired a 21-gun salute and the Royal Australian Navy responded with a 3-inch saluting gun, a mark of respect between the two navies. Commander Australian…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Sydney

July 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored in Sydney July 5, kicking off the cutter’s second international port call on its Western Pacific patrol. Operating under the tactical control of commander, 7th Fleet, the cutter is engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building with partner nations and will patrol and operate as directed. The crew of the Stratton, a 418-foot national security cutter, is preparing for Talisman Sabre, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored exercise that trains U.S. and Australian forces across high-end, mid-intensity warfighting scenarios involving…

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HMAS Success Decommissions

June 29, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success, at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney, in a ceremony full of tradition, after more than three decades of service. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN joined 23rd and final Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Darren Grogan to pay tribute to the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, a title given to Navy’s oldest ship, and, the 5,000 men and women who served in her. “HMAS Success…

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HMAS Newcastle makes final entry into Sydney

June 21, 2019 – It was a happy occasion tinged with a hint of sadness as HMAS Newcastle arrived alongside Fleet Base East after entering Sydney for the final time with her ‘paying off’ pennant flying. Family and friends waited patiently alongside, welcoming the ship’s company home from their four month deployment. Signs on the wharf ranged from ‘welcome home’ banners to birthday wishes. For many of the crew it felt good to be home, but for some it was also a sad moment -knowing this was the last time…

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USS Wasp Arrives in Sydney

June 17, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, June 18. Along with the Wasp, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48), two other ships in the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), are also in Australia prior to Talisman Sabre 2019. Green Bay and Ashland are currently visiting Brisbane, Australia. “This visit gives the Wasp ARG a fantastic opportunity to explore Australia, while also learning about one of our country’s strongest partners, who share our values and commitment to…

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31st Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Visits Australia

June 4, 2019 – The 31st Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), the guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964), arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the morning of June 3, local time, for a five-day friendly visit to Australia. At about 10 a.m., local time, three naval vessels from the PLA Navy fleet with China-Australia national flags hanging on top of the main masts sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney under the guidance…

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Sirius Sets Out to Support the Fleet

April 4, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has departed Fleet Base East after a major refurbishment in the Captain Cook Graving Dock to satisfy Lloyds Register certification and inspection standards. After departing Fleet Base West in August last year, the ship undertook important engagements in support of Operation APEC Assist in Papua New Guinea, and Australian and internationally led exercises, before her docking in Sydney. She will now head north for further engagement in the Asia-Pacific, concluding with an Anzac Day visit to Hellfire Pass in Thailand before returning to her…

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Navies Gather to Remember the Battle of Sydney

March 26, 2019 – A quiet and solemn ceremony was recently held at HMAS Kuttabul to commemorate and honour the lives lost in May 1942, when Japanese midget submarines launched an attack in Sydney. The Commanding Officer of the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker JS Shirase came together with the Japanese Naval Attaché to Australia and the Executive Officer of HMAS Kuttabul to remember the event and lay wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial. The three officers, Captain Koji Miyazaki, Captain Shinsuke Amano and Commander Michael Nipperess also laid…

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Contract Awarded for Second Stage of Infrastructure Works at Garden Island

March 25, 2019 – Defense is delivering a Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program in two stages to address significant condition, capacity and compliance issues with its existing wharves and engineering services. Today Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, announced critical infrastructure works at Garden Island, Sydney NSW, which will be delivered under Stage Two of the Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program, valued at $286 million. The works represent the Government’s significant investment in Garden Island as the primary home port for Navy ships on the east coast. This investment…

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A flurry of activity sets the tone for a busy 2019

January 23, 2019 – There’s a flurry of activity at Garden Island in Sydney as Fleet Units and support organizations busily prepare for the year ahead. The year began on a positive note with HMAS Ballarat interdicting 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East. Navy’s Patrol Boats remained stalwart over the Christmas period, patrolling Australia’s northern maritime borders, and HMAS Huon returned home in mid-January following a four-month North East Asian deployment. Most Fleet units are now diligently working to ensure ships, systems and personnel are ready for the…

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HMAS Hobart Returns from AEGIS Trials off California

December 21, 2018 – Australia’s first Aegis combat system based guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart, has ended the year in spectacular style, conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the United States Navy off the US West Coast. HMAS Hobart’s crew deployed to the United States well aware that this was no ordinary deployment. At stake was the Destroyer’s ability to successfully operate the most advanced weapons system ever owned by the Royal Australian Navy. Hobart also became the first ship of its class and the first International Partner to demonstrate…

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HMAS Melbourne Returns from Deployment

November 16, 2018 – HMAS Melbourne has returned to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after nearly six months of operations throughout the Pacific and North East Asian regions. According to the Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, the deployment was a great success as the ship fulfilled all of its assigned tasks and responsibilities. “Ship’s Company were outstanding, and we wouldn’t have completed our mission without the hard work and dedication of the 220 men and women who make up the heart and soul of HMAS Melbourne,” CMDR Buttler…

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The First Lady Receives a Final Makeover

November 7, 2018 – HMAS Success (II) has completed her final External Maintenance Period (EMP) alongside Fleet Base East after her South East Asia, Indo Pacific Endeavour 18 and Exercise RIMPAC deployment, and prior to her planned decommissioning in 2019. EMPs are the chaotic phase between ships coming back from and returning to sea. Contractors support ships staff to maintain a tailored and balanced materiel state, with the ship’s engineering departments put through their paces. These periods aim to allow the ship to be inspected and refitted in order to…

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Franco-Australian cooperation for D’Entrecasteaux

September 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – On September 10, 2018, the B2M D’Entrecasteaux sailed for navigation in Sydney Bay, passing under the Harbor Bridge, in front of the Sydney Opera House against the backdrop of the Sydney skyline. This navigation was conducted in formation with three units of the Australian Navy: the frigate HMAS Warramunga and the two mine hunters HMAS Gascoyne and Huon. Mutual training exercises were conducted with HMAS Warramunga, a frigate who recently cooperated with several French vessels as part of a nine-month Indian Ocean deployment (Thunder…

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HMAS Waterhen building capability for Navy and its partners

September 16, 2018 – Three decades ago there was debate about whether or not the small establishment of HMAS Waterhen was surplus to Defence requirements. It was decided that it would provide continued service and be a key component to Navy’s future. Today Waterhen provides support, training and a variety of services to Defence and other federal bodies. On any given day you will find a mix of assets from Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, Surface Force or Defence Maritime Services (DMS), and maybe visiting ships…

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