Category archives for: Asia Pacific

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 […]

Australian Navy Orders SHOL Software Module

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) signed a contract to provide the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with its Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) software module.   Under the terms of this contract the SHOL module will be added to OSI’s ECPINS-W software that is deployed across the RAN fleet of warships. The SHOL module automates a laborious and manual process […]

Potential Navy Recruits Board HMAS Stuart

A group of potential Navy recruits visited HMAS Stuart during NAIDOC week last week as part of the Australian Defence Force Indigenous Recruiting Initiative.   Sergeant Shane Cox from Defence Force Recruiting, who organised the visit to Garden Island, said how much the potential recruits had been looking forward to touring the ship. “The group […]

Australian Navy’s LCHs Sail in Formation for the Final Time

Australian Navy’s LCHs Sail in Formation for the Final Time

The Australian Navy’s three remaining Landing Craft Heavy auxiliary vessels put on a display to the Cairns community, sailing in formation from the city’s harbour this morning.   This was the last time HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan will sail in-company together in the port they have called home for nearly thirty years. Commanding […]

HMAS Darwin Wraps Up Middle East Deployment

HMAS Darwin Wraps Up Middle East Deployment

HMAS Darwin has completed a highly successful maritime security deployment to the Middle East and is now heading home to Sydney.   Deployed under tasking to the US-led Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, the Guided Missile Frigate with a Ship’s Company of 232 personnel seized narcotics with a street value […]

HMAS Parramatta Visits Honiara, Solomon Islands

In support of Operation SOLANIA, HMAS Parramatta conducted a port visit to Honiara, Solomon Islands from 11 – 14 July, to assist in maritime surveillance of the South Pacific Region as coordinated through the Pacific Island Forum Agency.   On arrival, the ship was met by members of the High Commission, and Parramatta’s new Commanding […]


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