HMAS Canberra Says Ahoy Way Down Under

September 13, 2019 – One of Australia’s largest warships, HMAS Canberra, docked at Macquarie Wharf on Wednesday for a five-day port visit. It’s the first time the 230 metre long Landing Helicopter Dock ship has returned to Hobart since 2016, and coincides with Australian Defence Force commemorations for the Battle of Britain. Commanding Officer Captain Terry Morrison said the ship’s busy schedule so far this year meant some respite in Hobart was most welcome. “Hobart is a beautiful city, with a community who are always very supportive of the Australian…

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Melbourne visits Devonport one last time

August 27, 2019 – Guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne and her 180-strong ship’s company have visited the Tasmanian port city of Devonport for one of the Australian warship’s final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year. The 138-metre-long warship pulled alongside Devonport Ferry Terminal on the Mersey River on Friday, ahead of a three day port visit. The last of six Adelaide class Frigates in the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet, Melbourne was commissioned in 1992 and has sailed more than 780,000 nautical miles throughout her service life. Commanding…

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Hobart Welcomes HMAS Melbourne

August 16, 2019 – The guided missile frigate, HMAS Melbourne, and her 180-strong ship’s company arrived in the City of Hobart for one of her final port visits before she is decommissioned later this year. The 138-metre-long warship pulled alongside Macquarie Wharf Number 2 this morning, ahead of a four-day port visit which will include a public open day on Saturday, 17 August 2019. The ship will also visit Devonport from 23 to 25 August before sailing to South Australia. Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, said the visit would be…

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Young Endeavour on show at Australian Wooden Boat Festival

February 20, 2019 – Almost 2000 people took the opportunity to step on board the Royal Australian Navy operated sail training ship STS Young Endeavour during the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. The brigantine sailed from Sydney to Hobart with a returnee crew of 24 young Australians embarked. On the Friday, Young Endeavour joined seven other tall ships on Hobart’s Derwent River for a Parade of Sail from John Garrow light, past the Hobart foreshore to Salamanca. They were joined on the water by hundreds of classic and…

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Last rotation of the season for Astrolabe

February 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – Just arrived in Hobart after driving, from January 21 to February 8, 2019 the fourth rotation of the season, called “R3”, to the French station Dumont d’Urville (DDU) in Adélie land for the benefit of the French Polar Institute IPEV and French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), The Astrolabe sailed on February 13 in the morning, to make the last rotation of the season. Back on the rotation R3 … This particular rotation, embarked on board, the prefect senior administrator of the TAAF, Evelyne…

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HMAS Choules Flagship at the Royal Hobart Regatta

February 12, 2019 – HMAS Choules spent a busy weekend in Hobart, proudly representing the Royal Australian Navy as the Flag Ship for the Royal Hobart Regatta and opening her gangway to the public. The open day saw around 2000 people explore the amphibious Landing Ship Dock on Saturday. People young and old took the opportunity to explore the ship’s dock and embarked naval flight and take in Army and amphibious displays. Many also sat in the Captain’s chair on the Bridge and tried on damage control equipment. Fifteen-year-old Ashley…

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Astrolabe Crew Change in Hobart

January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – After four months of deployment, the crew of the polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe joined Hobart on January 16, 2019. From La Réunion on September 26, 2018 , the crew completed three logistical rotations, benefiting French Southern and Antarctic Lands. (TAAF) and the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV), between Tasmania and Adélie land. Thanks to particularly favorable ice conditions, the objectives set by the IPEV have been met or exceeded. 652 tonnes of solid freight, 1235 m3 of diesel and 174 passengers were…

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Australia’s New Icebreaker Takes to the Water

September 22, 2018 – The commissioning of Australia’s new icebreaker reached a key milestone this week, with the vessel being floated in Romania. It took two days to pump the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools of water into the dry dock where the RSV Nuyina is being built. Under the close supervision of marine engineers, the vessel was successfully floated and transferred into the adjacent wet dock. Final construction of the Nuyina will be completed in the wet dock before the vessel is transferred to its home port of…

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HMAS Hobart visits namesake city for the first time

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest warship, HMAS Hobart, has arrived in its namesake city for the first time. This port visit is the first time in 18 years a ship carrying the name Hobart has visited the City of Hobart and will see the guided missile destroyer feature as the flagship in the Royal Hobart Regatta. Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company are excited to strengthen the ties Navy already has with Hobart and Tasmania. “Hobart has always been a friend of Navy and we…

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Naval Shipbuilding Projects Pave the Way for Industry in Tasmainia

April 27, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced an additional Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefing will be held in Launceston on 3 May 2017. Minister Pyne said this event followed on from the success of industry briefings held across regional Australia in March. The briefings have attracted over 200 attendees; from manufacturers in Geelong, boat lifters in Geraldton, welders in Bunbury and engineers in Nowra. “These briefings are a chance for regional Australians to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavour—the…

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