Home sweet home

HMAS Success returned to Fleet Base East on August 24 after a five month deployment to South East Asia and the Pacific, in support of Indo Pacific Endeavour and Exercise RIMPAC 18. The RAN’s ‘Battle Tanker’ visited eight ports in seven nations, participated in two international exercises, contributed to numerous regional engagement activities, conducted 60 Replenishment at Sea evolutions and travelled 19,000 nautical miles in the process. For Leading Seaman Marine Technician Clinton Hamblin the ships return was an emotional one. “Coming home means more this time than others, as…

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HMAS Anzac Arrives Fleet Base East After South East Asia Deployment

HMAS Anzac has returned to Fleet Base East after a three month South East Asia Deployment as part of a three ship Task Unit with HMA Ships Success and Toowoomba. Since departing Fleet Base East in March, Anzac has visited seven ports in six nations, participated in two international exercises, conducted passage exercises with French, Royal Thai and Philippines navies and travelled a total of 13,000 nautical miles. For Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Amanda Hutchinson, returning to Fleet Base East caps off a great experience, visiting some of our…

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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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Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka Site Sydney Supports USCGC Polar Star and Operation Deep Freeze

Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Yokosuka Site Sydney provided support to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) during Operation Deep Freeze, which kicked off in December 2017 and culminated in February. Polar Star is an operational icebreaker that supports the National Science Foundation’s research stations in Antarctica by delivering critical supplies and fuel. Operation Deep Freeze is the U.S. military operation that supports research and resupply efforts. NAVSUP FLC Site Sydney has played a role in past Operation Deep Freeze exercises, and had…

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Warships set sail for major exercise

Two submarines, ten ships and embarked aircraft have departed Fleet Base East in Garden Island, Sydney bound for war games off the east coast of Australia. The second iteration of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will once again feature a complex web of maritime warfare training, trials and exercises, all designed to challenge the Navy’s top warfighters to achieve sea control. Exercise Director, Captain Jim Hutton said this year’s OCEAN EXPLORER was about building on the success of last year. “Last year’s Ocean Explorer saw the certification of a Sea Control Task…

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Young Endeavour to join the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Fleet

STS Young Endeavour is joining a race on every sailor’s bucket list, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. While the 44 meter brigantine won’t be chasing line honors, she will play an important support role acting as the standby radio relay ship. Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough, Commanding Officer Young Endeavour said the southern ocean could throw up many perils, so the role of the Royal Australian Navy’s sail training ship was important. “The weather conditions on the southern ocean can be unpredictable and ships can get into trouble,” he…

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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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Heritage dock delivers for future fleet

The drydock at Garden Island in Sydney is one of Defence’s oldest pieces of infrastructure. So what happens there? At the time of its construction, the naval dry dock in Sydney Harbour was the largest and most complex engineering task ever undertaken in Australia, surpassed only by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s. Officially known as the Captain Cook Graving Dock, the facility has been in operation since 1945 and is an impressive 345 metres by 45 metres, 14 metres deep and holds around 260 million liters of…

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No place like home for Anzac

As the clock struck the 11th hour of the 11th day of November this year, HMAS Anzac III was sailing home across the Great Australian Bight after completing a challenging 12 week maintenance period away from her home port. Together with colleagues across the Australian Defence Force, they observed a minute’s silence to remember the deeds and sacrifices of those who came before them. Maintenance and training are not typically the subject of glorious military legend, but they are the foundation of all materiel and personnel readiness that underpins the…

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HMAS Newcastle Completes Last RAN FFG Middle East Deployment

HMAS Newcastle returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, today following a six month deployment to the Middle East region. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, welcomed 230 members of the ship’s company home from the deployment, which included counter-terrorism and counter-piracy patrols as part of the Combined Maritime Forces and a two-week attachment with the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.

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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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HMAS Hobart sets sail

HMAS Hobart has “slipped her lines” and set sail for the first time since commissioning on 23 September 2017. Her departure from Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney on Wednesday heralded the much anticipated return to sea for the Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) of the Royal Australian Navy. During her journey to and from Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast, HMAS Hobart’s ship’s company will perform a series of exercises to test core mariner skills. Commanding Officer, HMAS Hobart, Captain John Stavridis, said the ship’s company were…

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Warramunga deploys for nine month Middle East mission

HMAS Warramunga and her ship’s company of 190 has departed Fleet Base East at Garden Island, Sydney for maritime security operations in the Middle East. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne , Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined family and friends to farewell the ship and loved ones for their nine-month deployment to Operation Manitou. Minister Payne said Warramunga would work as part of an international coalition, the Combined Maritime Forces, to interrupt the illegal drug trade that funds terrorism. “Australia has a long standing…

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MBDA Showcasing Missile System Capabilities at Pacific 2017

MBDA is pleased to announce its presence at Pacific 2017 held in Sydney from the 3rd to 5th of October. At the exposition MBDA will be displaying a number of major developments, not only aimed at maritime operations but also for land and air. With Australia looking for a new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle under its Land 400 program, MBDA stands to offer the best Anti-Tank Guided Weapon (ATGW) available, MMP. MMP is the only fully qualified and proven fifth generation ATGW available, and MBDA has decided to use the opportunity…

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Saab at Pacific 2017

Defence and security company Saab will display its latest technologically advanced and innovative solutions in naval systems at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Australia 3-5 October 2017. Saab’s naval showcase will feature at stand 1H10 in Hall 1 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. Saab welcomes visitors to its stand to see how ground breaking ideas for existing technology and pioneering innovations are developed for the naval market. On display, visitors will find a range of products and solutions from Australia and the company’s operations across the globe. “Asia Pacific…

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