Deployment Offers Opportunity to Remember Lost WW2 Ship

The crew of HMAS Ararat took the opportunity while deployed in the south-west Pacific on Operation Solania to hold a memorial service over the resting place of HMAS Canberra 1. Canberra 1 was sunk on August 9, 1942, during the WW2 Battle of Savo Island, with the loss of 84 hands. The memorial service, at the end of May, was…

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HMAS Ararat Rescues Solomon Islands Police

The crew of HMAS Ararat rescued a Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) crew last Saturday after the police vessel was reported missing. The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat’s crew was responding to a search and rescue request from the RSIPF. The crews of an Australian-contracted Forum Fisheries Agency King Air aircraft and an Australian Federal Police-contracted helicopter were able…

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HMAS Ararat Trains with Ocean Protector

The crew of HMAS Ararat recently conducted interoperability activities with Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Protector while deployed near the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island on Operation Resolute. The training included officer-of-the-watch maneuvers, rafting and refueling and other activities, demonstrating the versatility of both the Armidale-class patrol boat and ADV Ocean Protector. Commanding Officer of Ararat, Lieutenant Commander David…

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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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Australia & Indonesia Conduct Combined Maritime Patrol

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) have completed a coordinated maritime patrol to enhance security along our shared maritime border as part of AUSINDO CORPAT 2021. The five-day patrol conducted by Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Ararat and TNI-AL vessels KRI Kerapu and KRI Sura was the eleventh iteration of AUSINDO CORPAT and reflected the enduring…

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