Warm Reception for Flagship’s Return

August 5, 2019 – Hundreds of family and friends welcomed HMAS Canberra home last week, following her six month overseas deployment through Asia. The ship’s 388-strong tri-service company lined the upper decks as she pulled alongside Garden Island before stepping ashore to greet their loved ones for the first time since leaving Australia in February. The 230 meter long Landing Helicopter Dock sailed almost 22,000 nautical miles during the deployment, visiting Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia as part of the international engagement exercise INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.…

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Another major step for ADF amphibious capability

August 1, 2019 – Under blue skies in waters off the coast of Townsville, HMAS Canberra and units of the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion have successfully completed trials to transport an M1A1 Main Battle Tank and large vehicle loads ashore using an LHD Landing Craft. The landing craft have recently undergone an engine room modification which increased the carrying capacity from 38,000kg to greater than 60 tonne, allowing the landing craft to carry the Army’s heavy tracked vehicles. Significant modelling and…

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HMAS Canberra Demonstrate Three Nation Helicopter Capabilities

July 15, 2019 – Training and preparation for battle have been the focus aboard HMAS Canberra during the early days of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. Following a departure from the Port of Cairns, Queensland, British Royal Marine Commandos joined the Australian Army and United States Marines Corps in intensive rehearsals for the upcoming amphibious landing. Canberra’s Ship’s Company and embarked forces conducted extensive helicopter launch exercises to ensure landing parties will be able to embark swiftly and safely from the ship. As these operations can occur at any time of…

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Fleet Sails for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019

July 10, 2019 – Australian, United States, Japanese and New Zealand naval vessels have sailed for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 following an opening ceremony in Brisbane this week. The ceremony, held in the Port of Brisbane on the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, formally launched Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States of America. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC, said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces. “This premier military engagement…

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FS Vendémiaire PASSEX off Fiji

June 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, May 30, 2019, early in the morning, the Alouette III of Vendémiaire took off in the direction of East Timor to participate in a bilateral exercise in the territorial waters of that country. The crew was reinforced by the presence of a tactical controller. Once on land, the latter provided his expertise to Timor-Leste’s security forces to optimize their fisheries control and surveillance procedures in their territorial waters. Meanwhile, the crew of the Alouette III recovered a Timorese air force pilot with…

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Kiwi Sailors Return from HMAS Canberra Deployment

June 9, 2019 – A small contingent of Royal New Zealand Navy officers and sailors returned home after spending almost three months deployed in HMAS Canberra as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. Lieutenant Matthew Gajzago, the senior RNZN officer deployed in HMAS Canberra, said it was an amazing opportunity to further build on the already strong ties between Australia and New Zealand. “It’s always really great integrating, networking and forming new friendships with Aussies,” Lieutenant Gajzago said. “This trip has given us a great opportunity to gain more experience in…

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Controlling the air from the sea

May 27, 2019 – Three Royal Australian Air Force personnel are controlling the airspace from a moving airstrip on board HMAS Canberra. Squadron Leader Ross Madsen and Flight Lieutenants Hamish Upton and Paul Atteridge are deployed on Canberra – one of Australia’s two landing helicopter docks (LHDs) – for three months during INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19). A senior air traffic controller (ATC), Squadron Leader Madsen said providing an air traffic control service at sea was largely similar to on land. “The biggest difference is the airfield moves and the runway…

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Task Force Arrives in Indonesia for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019

May 20, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force has begun its engagement program in Indonesia during the final port visits before returning to Australia later this month. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle arrived in Jakarta on 18 May, with HMAS Success visiting Makassar in South Sulawesi on the same day. Commander IPE 19 Joint Task Force, Air Commodore Rick Owen says the visits are a valuable opportunity to enhance one of Australia’s most important regional defens partnerships. “We have a shared maritime border and a…

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Newcastle always at Canberra’s side

May 15, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle continues to provide the critical role of primary defense for HMAS Canberra (III) and the wider protection for the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 (IPE19) fleet. As it transits from west to east on its final mission, the Adelaide class guided missile frigate has been at Canberra’s side. The operations room supervisor and combat systems supervisor, Petty Officer Bianca Sherrington, said Newcastle used sensors and liaised with the other Royal Australian Navy ships to provide an up-to-date force picture for the IPE19 Joint Task Force. “In…

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Final top up for Success

May 18, 2019 – In the approach lanes of one of the busiest sea traffic waterways in the world, the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 Joint Task Force has fuelled up for the final leg of the major Australian Defence Force activity. HMA Ships Canberra, Newcastle and Success have visited Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam as part of efforts to promote security and stability in the region. They will also visit ports in Singapore and Indonesia. Following a transit through the Malacca and Singapore Straits, the ships took on their…

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Newcastle navigates world’s busiest waters

May 14, 2019 – HMAS Newcastle, in company with the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 flagship HMAS Canberra (III), has made her final transit through the busiest and most complex waters in the world: the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The navigation officer in Newcastle, Lieutenant Mitchell Smith, was responsible for getting the ship – which will be decommissioned later this year – safely through the region. “As the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are some of the most strategic…

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Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 Task Force deepens ties with Vietnam

May 7, 2019 – The Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) Joint Task Force is continuing its international engagement activities with the arrival of two ships in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. HMA Ships Canberra and Newcastle’s port call follows the recent signing in November of the Joint Vision Statement on enhancing defense cooperation with Vietnam, and upgrading of the bilateral relationship to a strategic partnership in March 2018. These developments reflect the strength of the Australia-Vietnam relationship and our commitment to cooperating on areas of mutual interest. Commander of the IPE…

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Third Edition of Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Royal Australian and Indian Navies – AUSINDEX-19 set to begin

April 2, 2019 – The third edition of AUSINDEX, an acronym for Australia India Exercise is scheduled to commence with the arrival of HMAS Canberra (L02), a Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Newcastle(06) and HMAS Paramatta(154), both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success(OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler at Visakhapatnam on 02 April 19. The aim of the exercise is, “To strengthen and enhance mutual cooperation and interoperability between the IN and RAN, providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the…

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IPE19 Prepares for EOD Training Activities with Regional Partners

March 26, 2019 – As the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR Task Force approached Sri Lanka, Australian Navy and Army teams prepared for diving, demolition and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) training with regional partners. Platoon commander of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) embarked in Canberra for IPE19, Army Lieutenant Benjamin Selby, said the activity would encompass a wide range of joint training activities in preparation for military training serials with regional partners. “Working with our enabling partners drawn from across the ADF allows the IPE Task Force to deliver a world-class…

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Fleet Fires Up for 2019

February 18, 2019 – Navy’s tempo has increased this month, marking the start of a busy year for the Fleet with more than 20 ships and over 2,000 personnel at sea on any given day. A Joint Task Group comprised of HMA Ships Canberra, Newcastle and Success departed Fleet Base East yesterday for respective deployments of up to four months. The Task Group will spend the next several weeks participating in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER, a major training activity off the coast of Western Australia involving forces from the United Kingdom…

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