Darwin Enters Sydney for Last Time

Twelve former Commanding Officers have sailed onboard Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin, today as she transited through Sydney Heads into her home port for the last time. Darwin was escorted through Sydney Heads by Navy’s newest ship HMAS Hobart for a traditional “cheer ship” as she passed the fleet before being welcomed alongside Garden Island by former sailors, officers and support staff. The Adelaide Class frigate is scheduled to be decommissioned at the end of the year to make way for the Navy’s new fleet of Hobart Class Guided…

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First Lady in Darwin for final visit

HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway. Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped into farewell Darwin before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year. Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, said the visit was particularly special for the 200 crew. “Visiting a namesake port is always a great occasion, but to bring Darwin in…

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Philippines visit for Australian ships

HMA Ships Adelaide and Darwin have arrived in the Philippines, with the larger ship welcoming a senior government and military delegation including Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the Secretary for National Defense Delfin Lorenzana. Australia has a long history working with neighboring nations including the Philippines to maintain regional security and counter-terrorism in the Indo-Pacific and continues to work closely with the Government of the Philippines to counter the threat of terrorism in the region In June 2017, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft commenced surveillance flights over the…

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Sister ships share final transit

HMAS Darwin and her younger sister HMAS Melbourne have shared their last moments together, showing the rest of the Navy that the guided missile frigates are still an impressive capability. The Adelaide class frigates have deployed concurrently with a number of other Australian Navy ships to the Asian region, however, Darwin’s program will see her decommission before Melbourne returns home from the deployment in December. Seizing the opportunity, Commanding Officer Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, invited Melbourne, led by Commander Charles Bourne, to join them for some challenging Navy maneuvers. The…

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Operational tasking tale told

The flight deck of HMAS Darwin became the launching platform of a different kind, as Navy supported the launch of a contemporary naval history book by Ian McPhedran, titled The Smack Track. The publication, which chronicles the recent operational deployments of several ships deployed to the Middle East, including Darwin, was launched by Head of Maritime Systems, Rear Admiral Adam Grunsell. “The book provides an opportunity for not only family and friends of those who have served on our ships in the Middle East since 1990, but for all Australians…

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Regional military cooperation strengthened

A group of warships departed Sydney on 4 September to participate in a series of key military exercises throughout the Indo-Pacific region – grouped as Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017. Running from 4 September to 26 November, Indo-Pacific Endeavour will focus on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia’s key regional partners including Brunei, Cambodia, the Federated States of Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. More than 1,200 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate, which is being led by Canberra class amphibious ship…

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Success Flexes Mariner Skills

HMAS Success has been doing what she does best by providing much-needed supplies to the Fleet. Since January she has conducted 55 replenishments at sea and delivered approximately 6.5 million liters of fuel. During EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 17, Success flexed her mariner skills by achieving a three-point replenishment, where the ship simultaneously replenished two ships with fuel, while consigned cargo was transferred by the ship’s MRH90, multi-role helicopter. In one particular day, Success transferred approximately 1.5 million liters of fuel and 20,800 kg of fresh produce to HMA Ship’s Darwin,…

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HMAS Darwin Farewells the West Coast

HMAS Darwin at Fleet Base West for the last time. April 2, 2017 – The call of ‘last line!’ meant a little more than normal as HMAS Darwin slipped from the wharf at Fleet Base West and set sail for Sydney recently. It signaled the end of the warship’s long association with the west coast of Australia, unlikely to return before she decommissions at the end of the year. The Adelaide class frigate called Western Australia home for almost 13 years from 18 December 1993, before being relocated to Fleet Base East…

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International friendships strengthened in crisis

HMCS Vancouver through the periscope of HMAS Dechaineux during Exercise Ngatahi. February 10, 2017 – The Royal Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Navies took part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off the east coast of New Zealand late last year. Exercise NGA TAHI sought to strengthen relations and refine common operating procedures between the participating nations. Australian submarine HMAS Dechaineux exercised for three days with Anzac frigates, HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Te Mana, HMCS Vancouver and a P-3K2 Orion from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Scenarios escalated from basic tracking exercises to whole-of-force protection of…

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HMAS Darwin – the First Lady of the Fleet

  February 1, 2017  – HMAS Darwin has been recognized as the Navy’s most senior commissioned ship, with the presentation of a newly created perpetual trophy, the First Lady of the Fleet. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, presented the trophy to Darwin in January, with the most senior female sailor in the Fleet, Warrant Officer Jo Jordan, and engineer of the award Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen, and creator of the title, Flag Officer Lieutenant Alexandra Rayner, watching on. The idea for the trophy was developed by Fleet Command Warrant Officer Stephen Downey. He…

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