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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Naval Ship Management to Sustain and Support RAN Amphibious Fleet

December 3, 2018 – Naval Ship Management will partner with the Australian Defence Force to sustain and support Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) and LHD Landing Craft (LLCs) over the long term under a historic new agreement. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulates Naval Ship Management, an existing joint venture between UGL and Babcock, on being selected to sustain and support this strategically important capability over fifteen years, from July 2019. “Naval Ship Management has a proven track record within similar sustainment programs, with proven performance in innovation,…

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HMAS Canberra conducts First of Class Flight Trials

October 22, 2018 – A team from the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) has been hard at work embarked in HMAS Canberra over the last seven weeks conducting the First of Class Flight Trial (FOCFT) between the ARH Tiger helicopter and the LHD. FOCFT is a critical process in enabling helicopters to operate to and from flight decks. Designed to define the safe environmental conditions for ongoing operations, a FOCFT also includes aviation facilities assessments, equipment calibration, and evaluation of the interface between a particular helicopter type and…

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Chief of Navy makes final ship visit

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has visited the Task Group supporting the Sea Raider series of exercises in North Queensland. He spent his last night at sea as the Chief of Navy on board the flagship HMAS Canberra, and used the opportunity to visit HMAS Choules and other ships as part of the Task Group. While aboard he said: “Our LHDs and Choules represent both how far we are in the recapitalization of the Navy as well as our development of task group tactics and you can…

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Two’s company for LHDs

The Navy’s two largest ships have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney today bound for exercises off Australia’s east coast and northern waters. Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide departed simultaneously, but will soon go their separate ways to commence a series of amphibious warfare exercises and regional engagement in the South West Pacific respectively. Canberra will join with Australian Army elements to test the latest littoral combat capabilities off the Queensland central coast. Following a period of routine maintenance, Adelaide will spend the next few…

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Task group resupply completed at sea

For the first time during an exercise, Navy has conducted a maritime task group resupply without bringing a single ship alongside. Warships at anchor off HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay took delivery of food, personnel and equipment via LHD Landing Craft (LLC) to enable warfighting capability for more than 2,000 personnel during the final phase of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018. Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Supply Chain Danielle Williams of the Fleet Logistics Division said Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra was instrumental to the resupply capability. “Embarking Light Landing Craft from…

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Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER comes to a close

The largest fleet training activity for 2018, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER has come to a successful close in Jervis Bay this week. In keeping with tradition, the exercise concluded with a tri-nation sports day on the grounds at HMAS Creswell on Sunday, following a spectacular fleet arrival of ten ships and embarked aircraft. Task Group Commander, Captain Paul O’Grady said the three-week activity resulted in multiple ships and aircraft forged into a highly effective and cooperative warfighting team. “Most importantly it has seen more than 2,000 men and women from three…

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Canberra tests anti-ship missile defence

Amphibious ship HMAS Canberra has tested one of its key defensive capabilities off the south coast of New South Wales. Upgrades to the Nulka anti-ship missile decoy system have been tested with the use of civilian aircraft including an underslung Nulka payload carried by helicopter and a Learjet simulating an incoming anti-ship missile. The cutting edge capability was tested as part of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2018 and in collaboration with Defence industry partners. Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Mark Williams said the trial was an integral part in ensuring…

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Practice makes perfect

Personnel in HMAS Canberra have wasted no time in honing their seamanship skills ahead of Navy’s premier war fighting activity. The ship sailed side-by-side with Western Australian-based Auxiliary Oiler HMAS Sirius for a Replenishment at Sea (RAS), an evolution which enables the transferring of personnel, stores and fuel. Safety supervisor for the RAS, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Ritson Carr, said the training allowed sailors recently posted to the ship to gain valuable experience in a fundamental seamanship evolution. “For my sailors it’s their job to conduct line handling and take…

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Pride and professionalism on display in Fleet Divisions

With great fanfare, more than 1,500 officers and sailors have lined the decks of HMAS Canberra in the Australian Fleet’s 2017 Ceremonial Divisions. Sydney provided a spectacular backdrop as personnel from East based ships and shore establishments gathered in their finest summer uniform. The divisions were reviewed by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer who said the occasion marked a successful – and significant – year. “This year we have reintroduced the destroyer to the Australian Fleet with the commissioning of HMAS Hobart,” he said. “We have deployed maritime…

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