HMS Spey Trains With RAN Patrol Ships in Darwin

HMS Spey has said goodbye to Australia after making a pitstop in Darwin for a crew swap and to take on supplies and fuel for the next leg of her Pacific patrol. She also used her time in the Northern Territory to work with the Royal Australian Navy and share training and experiences of being an overseas patrol vessel deployed…

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Armidale Class HMAS Ararat Decommissioned in Darwin

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ararat at a ceremony at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin, following 16 years of service. Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Jonathan Earley, CSC, recognised the service of the Ship’s Company. “HMAS Ararat and the men and women who have served in her, have made a significant contribution to our national interest, and…

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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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India Deploys Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Darwin

India’s Navy will deploy a P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Darwin from 11-15 April to conduct coordinated exercises with a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft. This is the first time an Indian Navy P-8I aircraft has deployed to Australia outside of a routine military exercise and reflects the strength of the India-Australia defense and security partnership. Acting Chief…

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Darwin Maintenance Center Plan Progresses

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on February 18 announced the release of a tender for an industry partner to head a new Navy regional maintenance center in Darwin. The announcement was made during Morrison’s visit to HMAS Coonawarra. The regional maintenance center will support new capabilities, including the evolved Cape-class patrol boats and Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels expected to arrive in…

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Crowley Awarded Multi-Year Fuel Storage Services Contract

Crowley Solutions, the government services business unit of Crowley Maritime Corporation, has been awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy to provide fuel management and storage services for Pacific military operations. Crowley will provide energy logistics management and services to receive, store, protect and ship aviation grade JP-5 turbine fuel and commercial grade Jet A-1 fuel for…

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Japanese Ships Depart Darwin After Three Day Visit

HMA Ships Maitland and Maryborough farewelled Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier JS Kaga and destroyer JS Murasame with a formation sail in the waters just off Darwin this week. Kaga and Murasame are deployed together to train and exercise with partners in the region. After taking part in Exercises Talisman Sabre, Pacific Vanguard, ARC-21 and La Perouse, they…

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Warfighting Skills Tested in Patrol Boat Concentration Period

HMA Ships Childers, Launceston, Glenelg and Wollongong took the opportunity to practice the warfighting aspect of their roles in a recent exercise. Held in and around their home port of Darwin at the end of August, the exercise also built on their ability to operate in-company. The Armidale-class patrol boats conducted surface gunnery, close-quarters maneuvering, degraded navigation, formation pilotages and…

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Northern Territory Hosts India AUSINDEX 21

This week the Northern Territory will host the biennial AUSINDEX maritime warfare exercises between the Royal Australian Navy and the Indian Navy. AUSINDEX 21 provides our Navies an opportunity to strengthen joint defense capabilities in support of a stable and secure Indo-Pacific region. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond said that the fourth iteration of AUSINDEX will deepen the…

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