MCM Training off Tasmania Concludes

March 16, 2021 – Two mine hunters marked the end of this year’s Fleet Certification Period with a mine location and recovery mission off the coast of Tasmania on March 15. Ending the annual maritime exercise, which involves varying RAN ships, were the crews of HMA Ships Gascoyne and Diamantina, testing their mine-hunting abilities and drills in challenging conditions. Gascoyne’s…

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Minehunters Flex Muscles During Exercise

February 25, 2021 – HMA Ships Gascoyne and Diamantina flexed their mine-hunting muscles this week during the first phase of their Fleet Certification Period in Jervis Bay. The Huon-class minehunters have been conducting mine-hunting and laying exercises, as well as putting their crews through their paces in engineering, damage control and ship handling exercises. Hosted annually, Fleet Certification Period is…

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High-tech dummies a test for mine clearance group

October 29, 2020 – Dummy mines fitted with sensors that react to detection attempts ensured a clearance exercise in Jervis Bay, NSW, was close to reality. Minehunters HMA Ships Gascoyne, Huon and Yarra were challenged with securing the bay after a simulated force had littered the area with different types of underwater mines and was operating a militia capable of…

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HMAS Gascoyne rises to ‘Return to the Sea’

September 7, 2020 – HMAS Gascoyne has recently completed her unit readiness evaluation in Jervis Bay, living up to her motto and ‘returning to the sea’. The unit readiness evaluation was a culmination of a long period of preparations, training and assessments for Gascoyne’s crew, many of whom deployed on Operation COVID-19 ASSIST earlier in the year. At a time…

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Gascoyne’s push to greater efficiency in the water

April 20, 2020 – HMAS Gascoyne is receiving renewed life through a five-yearly refit, ensuring she remains ready to fight and live up to her motto “Return to the sea”. The 52-metre long Huon Class Minehunter Coastal (MHC) is undergoing a refit in Sydney following her most recent overseas deployment. Gascoyne’s refit saw her removed from the water in the…

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