USS Frank Cable Returns to Guam From Australia Trials

The Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, May 16, 2022. Frank Cable departed Guam on March 1 for a second patrol after turning over lead maintenance activity responsibilities with USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in September 2021. “I’m very, very proud of our crew,” said Capt. Albert…

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Contract to Support Navy’s Survey Vessels Extended

BAE Systems Australia’s in-service support arrangements for the Royal Australian Navy’s hydrographic platforms in Cairns have been extended. The current support arrangements for the fleet will continue for another 12 months at a cost of $14.3 million. Announcing the extension in late January, Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said it would provide certainty for Defence industry while supporting 60 local…

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Cairns Company Secures $70M Navy Maintenance Contract

The Royal Australian Navy is growing its fleet and retaining its edge through a major maintenance contract in Cairns, delivering jobs and security in Far North Queensland. Minister for Defence, the Hon Peter Dutton MP announced NORSTA Maritime as the Regional Maintenance Provider to deliver the Cairns Regional Maintenance Centre – otherwise known as RMC North East. “RMC North East…

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Patrol Boat Office Moves to Cairns

The Department of Defense’s Pacific Patrol Boat Systems Program Office (PPB SPO) has relocated to Cairns from Canberra so it can better support the Pacific Maritime Security Program (PMSP). Under the PMSP, Australia has committed $2.1 billion to deliver and support 21 Guardian-class patrol boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Lesté between 2018 and 2023. PPB SPO oversees the…

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HMA Ships Paluma and Mermaid Decommissioned in Cairns

The Navy’s oldest vessels, HMA Ships Paluma and Mermaid, were fareweled from service during a ceremony at HMAS Cairns at the weekend. For more than 30 years, the survey motor launches collected hydrographic data necessary for creating products used by military, commercial and private vessels to safely navigate the waters around Australia. In addition to their critically important survey function,…

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HMAS Leeuwin Completes Workups off Queensland

August 28, 2020 – HMAS Leeuwin has spent two weeks conducting intensive training and evaluation in beautiful weather off Mission Beach, 140km south of Cairns, in preparation for operational taskings later this year. The training follows a major maintenance period in June, when the ship slipped at Tropical Reef Shipyard for over eight weeks. Maritime Geospatial Officer – Hydrographic Lieutenant Leigh…

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HMAS Armidale Refitting in Cairns

June 16, 2020 – HMAS Armidale has undocked in Cairns after undergoing a major servicing and restoration project, which invested more than $5 million into the local economy. Local Cairns businesses played an essential role in delivering this key project for the Royal Australian Navy. Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said this is the first of several major maintenance projects coming up over…

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