Hobart steps up in expeditionary strike group

June 13, 2019 – HMA Ships Hobart and Stuart have participated in a real-time, simulated exercise with American forces, with Hobart showcasing her AEGIS Combat System while assigned Air Defence Commander duties. Fleet Synthetic Training – Joint, under the banner of Exercise PACIFIC THUNDER, is an annual certification exercise for the United States Navy’s Japan-based Task Force 76. The five-day exercise saw Hobart protect amphibious assault ships USS Essex and USS Wasp from airborne attack. Hobart and Stuart’s operations teams used Royal Australian Navy Bridge Simulators at HMAS Watson in…

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HMAS Sirius reaches milestone by conducting 600th replenishment at sea

November 26, 2018 – HMAS Sirius has reached a significant milestone, having recently completed her 600th replenishment at sea (RAS), in waters off Northern Australia, with HMAS Stuart the lucky recipient. Commissioned into service in 2006, Sirius provides operational and strategic resupply of fuel when and where required. Throughout her life, Sirius has passed more than a hundred and eight million litres of fuel to warships from many nations, allowing them to remain on station conducting extended tasks and operations without the need for shore facilities. Sirius has developed a…

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HMAS Stuart welcomed home from Asian deployment

November 17, 2018 – With families and well-wishers waiting eagerly on the wharf, HMAS Stuart has returned to her home port of Fleet Base West after a three-month North East Asian Deployment. While deployed, Stuart took part in a number of exercises conducted in the North East Asia region in company with HMA Ships Melbourne and Sirius. Stuart Commanding Officer Commander Chris Leece said it had been a busy deployment for the ship and her crew of around 190 officers and sailors. “During the deployment to Northern Australia and North…

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Australia and Singapore complete Exercise SINGAROO

October 9, 2018 – HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius have joined the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) corvettes RSS Valiant and Vigour for Exercise SINGAROO, a two day maritime exercise in waters off Singapore. The biennial exercise aims to develop a better understanding and working relationship between the Royal Australian Navy and the RSN in the conduct of maritime exercises, while providing the opportunity to enhance professional interaction between personnel from the two Navies. Commanding Officer Stuart, Commander Chris Leece, said the exercise enhanced the professional and personal ties formed…

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HMA Ships Stuart and Sirius Deploy

August 28, 2018 – There were banners, tears and hugs on Diamantina Wharf at Fleet Base West on August 22 as HMA Ships Sirius and Stuart headed off on deployment. The bright sunny conditions did little to take the chill off the strong southerly wind that kept families and friends huddled together as their loved ones departed. Speaking before Sirius slipped her lines, Senior Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, said the deployment of these ships was a significant occasion. “The deployments of Sirius and Stuart today is extremely important…

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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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Upgrades complete for Anzac class

Published on 26 March 2017 LCDR Felicity Petrie (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer) Topic(s): MH-60R Seahawk, Frigate Helicopter (FFH), HMAS Stuart (F153) HMAS Stuart during undocking at BAE Henderson Dockyard after completing the Anti-ship Missile Defence Upgrade. March 26, 2017 – The last Royal Australian Navy Anzac class frigate to receive anti-ship missile defence upgrades is back in the water, with HMAS Stuart undocking at the Henderson shipyard in Western Australia. She will now commence trials of her state-of-the-art systems and modifications. Commander Surface Forces Commodore Christopher Smith said the overhaul had enabled the helicopter frigates to continue…

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