Category archives for: Asia Pacific

HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West.   It was a busy time for the ship’s crew as they were preparing Ballarat to enter the Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade program, whilst simultaneously bringing Ballarat’s sister […]

Australian Navy’s MTO DE Gains Ocean of Experience at RIMPAC

Australian Navy’s MTO DE Gains Ocean of Experience at RIMPAC

Nineteen personnel from Australian Clearance Diving Team One’s Maritime Tactical Operations Defence Element (MTO DE) are embarked in the United States Navy’s Amphibious Transport Dock USS Anchorage for the sea phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014, where they’re working with seven other mine counter measures (MCM) and diving units from the United States, the Netherlands, Chile, […]

German, Japanese Warships Meet at Sea

German, Japanese Warships Meet at Sea

On Thursday 24 July the EU Naval Force flagship, German frigate FGS Brandenburg and the Japanese destroyer, JS Inazuma, met at sea in the Gulf of Aden.   The EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, took the opportunity to welcome his counterpart, Japanese Commander of Escort Division 8, Captain Koji Tachikawa and some […]

Australian Sea Trainer Awarded as Top Instructor

Instructor of the Year On-the-Job for 2103, Warrant Officer James McEwan was presented with his award at Garden Island, Fleet Base East on Friday 18 July.   As the Fleet Gunnery Assistant for Sea Training Group from February 2011 through January 2014, Warrant Officer McEwan trained ships’ companies in close range and small arms gunnery, […]

Top News of the Week of July 21 – 27, 2014

Top News of the Week of July 21 – 27, 2014

USS Makin Island ARG Leaves San Diego Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are scheduled to depart San Diego July 25, for a deployment in support of the Navy’s maritime strategy. Senator: Australian Naval Shipbuilding to Enter ‘Valley of Death’ ? An […]

First Navy-Run DIDP-NQ Sees 23 Graduates

Twenty three young men and women Navy recruits graduated from the Defence Indigenous Development Program North Queensland (DIDP-NQ) at a ceremony held at Australian HMAS Cairns earlier this week.   This program, the first coordinated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for Defence Indigenous Affairs, provides an opportunity for young indigenous people from remote areas […]

USS Halsey Sailors Volunteer in Inarajan, Guam

Sailors from Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) volunteered at Inarajan Elementary School in Inarajan, Guam July 18.   Halsey made a port call to the island after departing their homeport in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility. Sailors discussed their careers with students, […]

HMAS Success Finishes Half of RIMPAC Drills

HMAS Success Finishes Half of RIMPAC Drills

The sailors and officers of HMAS Success have passed the half way mark of their RIMPAC 2014 experience, and so far, they have given the world’s largest naval exercise an excellent report card.   Success has an important role at RIMPAC, refuelling ships from the 22 participating Pacific Rim nations and allowing them to stay […]

HMAS Yarra Recovers Anchor and Shackles from Seabed

Personnel in the Australian coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their diving expertise to recover an anchor and shackles weighing one tonne from the seabed near Ashmore Island.   The anchor, belonging to Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg, was cut lose when it firmly wedged beneath a large boulder and the sea floor […]

Australian Mine Warfare Sailors Enhance Skills at RIMPAC

Currently operating off the coast of San Diego for exercise RIMPAC 2014 is the small team of six mine warfare sailors from the Royal Australian Navy’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Element (AUV), normally based at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney.   Early in the sea phase of the six week long exercise, the Australian AUV element, along […]


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