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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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