Italgal man proud of role in shipbuilding program

June 29, 2020 – As the nation works its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Jimmy Savage has demonstrated a genuine commitment to Australia and the local community in his role at the Osborne Naval Ship Yard in South Australia. Leading Seaman Savage joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2015, and now forms a crucial part of…

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Navy reflects on 75th anniversary of loss of HMAS Lolita

June 28, 2020 – The World War Two Channel Patrol Boat HMAS Lolita has been remembered at a service held on the 75th anniversary of her loss. A memorial plaque dedicated to the Sydney-based motor cruiser was unveiled at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial at Bradleys Head, Mosman on Saturday 13 June. Director of Navy Heritage Collections, Captain Damien Allan,…

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SNMCMG2 Takes Part in Greek Exercise

June 29, 2020 – The new Greek command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) took part in their first exercise Ariadne between 19-26 June 2020, off the coast of Greece. hips took off from Patras port on Monday, 22 June to participate in the tactical phase of the Greek exercise Ariadne ‘20 taking place in the Patraikos Gulf,…

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Exercise Dynamic Mongoose Underway in High North

June 29, 2020 – NATO exercise Dynamic Mongoose is starting in the High North on 29 June 2020. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from 6 Allied nations are converging off the coast of Iceland for Anti-Submarine warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface warfare training. Submarines from France, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and the United States under NATO Submarine Command…

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Steel contract marks next step in Hunter Class Frigate Program

June 26, 2020 – ASC Shipbuilding has signed a $2.6 million contract with BlueScope Steel AIS for the Hunter Class Frigate Program. Under the contract announced last week, Australian company BlueScope will supply more than 1500 tonnes of steel plate to build five blocks during the prototyping phase of the shipbuilding program, which is on track to begin later this…

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RAN Upgrades Phalanx to Block 1B Baseline 2 Status

June 22, 2020 – The Royal Australian Navy’s latest upgrade of the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) has reached a major milestone by achieving Initial Operating Capability. Delivered on schedule, the upgraded capability is being progressively rolled out until late 2023 across Navy’s Destroyers, Amphibious Ships and new Supply Class Tankers. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda…

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Two decades of service for survey ships Leeuwin and Melville

June 22, 2020 – On 27 May, HMA Ships Leeuwin and Melville quietly stepped out of their teen years by celebrating their 20th birthdays alongside HMAS Cairns. While social distancing requirements meant the anniversary had to be more subdued, both crews still felt honoured to be part of this milestone. Commanding Officer HMAS Melville, Commander Michael Kumpis, was incredibly proud…

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Royal Navy Shadows Project 1155 Vitse-Admiral Kulakov in English Channel

June 21, 2020 – Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster shadowed a Russian destroyer through the English Channel. Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster, along with patrol ship HMS Tyne, monitored the passage of the Russian warship Vitse-Admiral Kulakov as it passed south through the English Channel. Commander Will Paston, the Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, said: “The Royal Navy routinely monitors the passage…

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ITS Alliance Begins HIGH NORTH 2020-2022 Deployment

June 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Navy and the Hydrographic Institute return to the Arctic with the Alliance ship for the new three-year research in marine geophysics HIGH NORTH 2020-2022. The Navy’s HIGH NORTH20 campaign is aimed at ensuring the continuity of environmental observations useful to the international and national scientific community. In particular, as for all Navy ships…

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