Last Australian FFG Retires

October 26, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy has celebrated the completion of 27 years of service by HMAS Melbourne, the last of her class. The 138 metre long Adelaide class guided missile frigate (FFG) – the last remaining of six built for Navy – was decommissioned at her home port at Fleet Base East, Garden Island in Sydney. Melbourne’s final Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler said his ship’s company were honoured to be the last crew to serve in Melbourne and pleased the occasion could be shared with many…

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Tiger 75’s stripes on display in new exhibit

October 10, 2019 – An icon of naval aviation now features at the Australian National Maritime Museum with the new S-70B-2 (Bravo) Seahawk ‘Tiger 75’ exhibit officially opened during the 2019 Sea Power Conference. The nineteen metre-long aircraft, with a tail painted in the tiger-striped livery of 816 Squadron, is suspended 10 metres in the air from the museum’s ceiling, giving visitor a close-up look of an aircraft with 29 years of service history with the Royal Australian Navy. Tiger 75 deployed to the Middle East multiple times, and was…

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Serving Sailor Captures Corvette History in New Book

October 9, 2019 – The 2019 Sea Power Conference has provided the perfect setting for the launch of a naval history book written by a young serving sailor. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, launched The ABC of Royal Australian Navy Corvettes by Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Libby Pearce in front of an audience that included her mum, Lisa, and stepdad, Neil. Vice Admiral Noonan also presented Able Seaman Pearce with an official Chief of Navy commendation in recognition of her research and hard work to bring the…

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Northrop Grumman Showcases Maritime Security Capabilities at Pacific 2019

October 6, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight its advanced global security capabilities at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2019, Oct. 8-10 in Sydney, Australia. The company’s booth (2D11) will feature demonstrations across its portfolio of advanced maritime capabilities for the full spectrum of naval operations. Featured capabilities include unmanned aircraft systems for maritime and coastal surveillance, mine detection systems and precision marine navigation. “As a defense prime contractor and systems integrator, Northrop Grumman is proud to support Australia and is committed to promoting and developing local…

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Thinking Navy Approach – Sea Power in Focus at Sydney Summit

October 4, 2019 – Navy members of all ranks are being encouraged to attend the Royal Australian Navy’s most important international engagement of the year: Sea Power Conference 2019 (Sea Power 2019). With a packed conference program that starts on Tuesday, Sea Power 2019 will see some of the world’s most prominent military and academic minds come together for three days of robust discussions and presentations on maritime matters and the Royal Australian Navy’s role in contributing to maritime security in the Indo-Pacific. Held every two years, Sea Power 19…

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Vendémiaire Visits Sydney

September 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its patrol mission in the zone of responsibility of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia, the Vendémiaire Surveillance Frigate made a stop in Sydney, from September 6 to 11, 2019. This new stopover of a French frigate in Australia s ‘part of the cooperation, reinforced by the FANC with its partners in the Indo-Pacific area The stopover, saw several activities run in parallel with the preparation of PASSEX. Shortly before the start of the official reception in the presence of Mrs.…

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Australian Tall Ships Welcome Chilean Navy to Sydney

August 1, 2019 – Four Australian tall ships, including the Royal Australian Navy operated STS Young Endeavour, have welcomed Chilean Navy Buque Escuela Esmeralda to Sydney today. STS Young Endeavour, James Craig, Soren Larsen and MV Martindale, accompanied by HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Diamantina met the 113-metre long four-masted barquentine outside Sydney Heads and escorted her into the harbour. As she passed Garden Island, Esmeralda fired a 21-gun salute and the Royal Australian Navy responded with a 3-inch saluting gun, a mark of respect between the two navies. Commander Australian…

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USCGC Stratton Visits Sydney

July 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored in Sydney July 5, kicking off the cutter’s second international port call on its Western Pacific patrol. Operating under the tactical control of commander, 7th Fleet, the cutter is engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building with partner nations and will patrol and operate as directed. The crew of the Stratton, a 418-foot national security cutter, is preparing for Talisman Sabre, a U.S. Indo-Pacific Command sponsored exercise that trains U.S. and Australian forces across high-end, mid-intensity warfighting scenarios involving…

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HMAS Success Decommissions

June 29, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has decommissioned the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship HMAS Success, at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney, in a ceremony full of tradition, after more than three decades of service. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN joined 23rd and final Commanding Officer of HMAS Success, Captain Darren Grogan to pay tribute to the ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, a title given to Navy’s oldest ship, and, the 5,000 men and women who served in her. “HMAS Success…

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HMAS Newcastle makes final entry into Sydney

June 21, 2019 – It was a happy occasion tinged with a hint of sadness as HMAS Newcastle arrived alongside Fleet Base East after entering Sydney for the final time with her ‘paying off’ pennant flying. Family and friends waited patiently alongside, welcoming the ship’s company home from their four month deployment. Signs on the wharf ranged from ‘welcome home’ banners to birthday wishes. For many of the crew it felt good to be home, but for some it was also a sad moment -knowing this was the last time…

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USS Wasp Arrives in Sydney

June 17, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit, June 18. Along with the Wasp, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48), two other ships in the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), are also in Australia prior to Talisman Sabre 2019. Green Bay and Ashland are currently visiting Brisbane, Australia. “This visit gives the Wasp ARG a fantastic opportunity to explore Australia, while also learning about one of our country’s strongest partners, who share our values and commitment to…

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31st Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Visits Australia

June 4, 2019 – The 31st Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), the guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964), arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the morning of June 3, local time, for a five-day friendly visit to Australia. At about 10 a.m., local time, three naval vessels from the PLA Navy fleet with China-Australia national flags hanging on top of the main masts sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney under the guidance…

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Sirius Sets Out to Support the Fleet

April 4, 2019 – HMAS Sirius has departed Fleet Base East after a major refurbishment in the Captain Cook Graving Dock to satisfy Lloyds Register certification and inspection standards. After departing Fleet Base West in August last year, the ship undertook important engagements in support of Operation APEC Assist in Papua New Guinea, and Australian and internationally led exercises, before her docking in Sydney. She will now head north for further engagement in the Asia-Pacific, concluding with an Anzac Day visit to Hellfire Pass in Thailand before returning to her…

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Navies Gather to Remember the Battle of Sydney

March 26, 2019 – A quiet and solemn ceremony was recently held at HMAS Kuttabul to commemorate and honour the lives lost in May 1942, when Japanese midget submarines launched an attack in Sydney. The Commanding Officer of the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force icebreaker JS Shirase came together with the Japanese Naval Attaché to Australia and the Executive Officer of HMAS Kuttabul to remember the event and lay wreaths at the HMAS Kuttabul Memorial. The three officers, Captain Koji Miyazaki, Captain Shinsuke Amano and Commander Michael Nipperess also laid…

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Contract Awarded for Second Stage of Infrastructure Works at Garden Island

March 25, 2019 – Defense is delivering a Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program in two stages to address significant condition, capacity and compliance issues with its existing wharves and engineering services. Today Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, announced critical infrastructure works at Garden Island, Sydney NSW, which will be delivered under Stage Two of the Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program, valued at $286 million. The works represent the Government’s significant investment in Garden Island as the primary home port for Navy ships on the east coast. This investment…

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