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  30 November
Australian Navy Acquires 5 Bluebottle USVs
The Royal Australian Navy has signed a contract with Ocius for the procurement of five BlueBottle unmanned surface vessels (USV) in the current fiscal year. RADM Pete Quinn Head of Navy Capability made the announcement, “Over five years as HNC it has been fantastic being involved with Ocius and seeing Australian technology at the forefront. Systems like Ocius Bluebottles are really important to our strategy.  We have vast areas we need to patrol, and we have to and will be investing in uncrewed platforms that will be out there persistently conducting surveillance.”  More.....
30 November
US sub makes port visit to Perth for training exercise
A United States Navy submarine and its 135-person crew has arrived in Perth, Western Australia for a joint interoperability training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy.  The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Mississippi arrived at HMAS Stirling Naval Base near Rockingham following routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region.  Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said, “It is a pleasure to welcome the crew to Western Australia this week, for this routine visit.  Their stay in WA will provide those on board with much needed respite as they continue to ensure a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”  More.....
30 November
Sailor grasps Pacific opportunity
Seaman Jarrod Tusani didn’t expect to be sailing in the Pacific region just four weeks after graduating as an electronics technician.  But when the call went out for volunteers to join ADV Reliant on a six-week rotation, the 21-year-old sailor knew it was an opportunity he did not want to miss.  Not only would it provide valuable at-sea experience in his new trade, he said it would allow him to see a region that is linked to his Samoan heritage.  More.....
30 November
Always Ready - Army preparedness at sea
Indo-Pacific Endeavour (IPE) is Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity,
supporting the Government’s commitment to strengthen military partnerships.

29 November
Exercise Longreach & Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Reliant
Australia’s new Pacific support vessel, Australian Defence Vessel Reliant, has put its disaster response capability to the test in Solomon Islands.

29 November
Top trainer paves the way in Timor-Leste
One of Navy’s top instructors is helping train Timor-Leste Defence Force (F-FDTL) members as the nation prepares to receive two Guardian-class patrol boats from the Australian Government.  Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Duncan, who built his career on Operation Resolute, was an enthusiastic volunteer for an international posting to the Defence Cooperation Program in Timor-Leste.  More.....
28 November
Island evacuation a first for support vessel
Australia’s new Pacific support vessel, Australian Defence Vessel Reliant, has put its disaster response capability to the test in Solomon Islands.  Reliant participated in Exercise Longreach, an exercise developed jointly by Australia and Solomon Islands.  The exercise simulated a mass evacuation of residents from the volcanic Savo Island off the coast of Honiara to test the disaster management plans of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).  More.....
28 November
Top Gun experience for Seahawk crew
Royal Australian Navy personnel who operate and maintain the MH-60R helicopter embarked in HMAS Hobart had a Top Gun experience in the North Pacific when they crossed decks to a US Navy aircraft carrier.  The cross-deck occurred while Hobart was integrated with the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group during Exercise Keen Sword 2022.  ‘Romeo’ pilot Lieutenant Robert McBeath said he enjoyed landing ‘Carnage’ on the carrier.  More.....
28 November
Ship's first birthday on deployment
The ship’s company of HMAS Stalwart celebrated her first birthday while on a regional presence deployment in the Indo Pacific.  Commanding Officer Commander Steve McCracken cut a chocolate mud cake with the youngest member of the crew, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Leeroy O’Connor.  Commander McCracken said the auxiliary oiler replenishment ship completed 47 replenishments at sea (RAS) in its first year.  More.....

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25 November
Trading wings for sea legs
Working in one of the Royal Australian Navy’s largest ships is not a typical posting for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members, but 20 aviators swapped their wings for sea legs to participate in Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 (IPE22).  The members embarked in HMAS Adelaide for the two-month deployment are not the only Air Force members involved in IPE22; others have been part of advance planning teams and flight crews for the fly-in, fly-out elements that have taken place from Bangladesh to Timor-Leste.  More.....
24 November
First Woman to Serve as a Submarine XO Reports for Duty
“It’s 2022 and women are still doing the ‘first’ of things?” is how Lt. Cmdr. Amber Cowan started her conversation in the Public Affairs office at Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  On Nov. 12, 2022 Cowan became the executive officer (XO) of the Gold Crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), making her the first woman to serve as XO of a U.S. Navy submarine.  More.....
24 November
Matt ThistlethwaiteBoosting home ownership for our ADF members and veterans
The Albanese Labor Government is delivering cost of living relief for more Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and veterans with key changes passed today in the Federal Parliament to help them buy their own home.  The $46.2 million expansion of the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme will improve access to home ownership for eligible defence personnel earlier in their careers.  The changes will also allow veterans who served on or after 1 July 2008 to access the scheme at any stage after they have left the service.  More.....
24 November
Matt ThistlethwaiteVeteran and Family Counselling Centre Officially Opens in Melbourne
The Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence, Matt Thistlethwaite, officially opened the Open Arms office in the Melbourne CBD on Friday 18 November, giving veterans and families’ updated facilities including private counselling suites and spaces for peer support sessions, group programs and workshops.  Staff and ex-service organisation (ESO) representatives joined the Assistant Minister to celebrate the occasion, which included the launch of a new video celebrating Open Arms 40th Anniversary.  More.....
24 November
From the bookshelf: ‘The Scrap Iron Flotilla’
Mike Carlton has emerged as a gifted historian of Australia’s outstanding naval contributions in two world wars.  He polishes this reputation in his new book, The Scrap Iron Flotilla:  five valiant destroyers and the Australian war in the Mediterranean.  Carlton has always been persuasive in print.  His earlier books, Cruiser on the wartime record of HMAS Perth, and First victory 1914, detailing HMAS Sydney’s destruction of the German raider Emden, suggested both the enthusiasm for and appreciation of Australian naval history which the author has in abundance.  More.....
24 November
Father’s legacy honoured with special flight
A Navy member honoured his father’s legacy in a special way thanks to aircrew from Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment embarked in HMAS Adelaide for Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 (IPE22).  Naval police coxswain Petty Officer Jean Metcalf was unable to attend his father’s funeral due to COVID-19 border restrictions.  He was given the opportunity to scatter his father’s ashes from an MRH-90 Taipan over the Strait of Malacca while Adelaide was in transit to Malaysia.  More.....
24 November
Exercise Keen Sword demonstrates joint integration
Destroyer HMAS Hobart participated in high-end warfighting exercises off southern Japan with ships and submarines from the US Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy from November 8-18.  The theme of Exercise Keen Sword 2022 was enhancing professional interactions in a complex multi-dimensional environment.  More.....
24 November
ADFA claims victory at annual regatta
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) rowing team has been crowned winner of the Disher Cup Regatta for 2022, after winning the men’s coxed eight in a tight contest on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.  The Disher Cup Regatta is a six-race event held annually between ADFA, Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) and the Australian National University (ANU) teams.  More.....
23 November
Australia and Indonesia team up for disaster relief training
More than 60 Australian and Indonesian personnel from a range of specialist functions trained side-by-side in Surabaya, Indonesia, as part of Exercise Nusa Bhakti Ausindo 22 (NBA22).  The exercise alternates between Indonesia and Australia each year.  As this year’s host, Indonesian personnel developed the training scenario, which involved Bali being impacted by a volcanic eruption, covering the region in ash, rocks and acid, along with flooding of up to 3.5 metres.  More.....
23 November
Strengthening bonds in the Pacific through sport
Members of Australian Defence Force Sport are delivering a sports officials program in Suva, Fiji, as a sign of the two countries’ shared passion for sport.  The program, which kicked off on November 21, includes the delivery of level-one coaching, umpiring, strength and conditioning, first aid and wellbeing, as well as gifting a range of equipment to local sporting groups.  More.....
23 November
Navy brings out the big guns
Navy ships from Australia, Japan, and Canada fired their biggest guns during a multinational gunnery exercise (gunex) in the North Pacific Ocean near Japan.  As the ships fired in sequence a smoky haze drifted across the water, evoking sea battles through the ages.  The gunex was part of Exercise Keen Sword.  More.....
22 November
Action above, on and below the sea
Cooperation was heightened, skills strengthened and relationships deepened as Exercise Malabar drew together Australian, Japanese, Indian and United States forces for high-end warfighting training.  The Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Arunta represented Australia, along with the auxiliary oiler HMAS Stalwart, Collins-class submarine HMAS Farncomb and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.  More.....
21 November
Open Arms - 40 Years Supporting the Veteran Community
An overview of the history of Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling, a service founded by veterans for veterans 40 years ago.  Established as the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service in 1982, the service now hosts outlets in every state and territory around Australia, and is a world leader in providing military aware mental support to the veteran community.  Now celebrating 40 years of operation, Open Arms is testament to the commitment of the Vietnam veterans who advocated for its establishment.

21 November
Team of divers complete three-year mission to create 3D map of sunken World War II Japanese submarine
On January 20, 1942, Japanese Navy submarine I-124 found its final resting place 53 metres below the waves of the Beagle Gulf, north-west of Darwin.  It was struck by depth charges deployed by the Royal Australian Navy as the two sides competed for control of waters to Australia's north during World War II.  For the 80 crew members aboard I-124 at the time, there was no hope of escape.  More.....
19 November
HMAS Cerberus (naval base) - WikipediaHMAS Cerberus Ceremonial Divisions 09 December 2022
“The CO of HMAS Cerberus has kindly extended an invitation to all Navy Veterans in Victoria to attend the Ceremonial Divisions being held on the Base from 0830 to 1000 on Friday 9 December 2022. The new Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AM RAN, will be the Reviewing Officer. Although members of the various Navy Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) and Associations in Victoria should register their interest via their President/Secretary (who will submit a consolidated ESO/Association attendance list to the 1st LEUT on their behalf), any NVN readers who are not members of an ESO/Association may send a personal email to the 1st LEUT () to register their interest and to receive instructions on entry, parking and seating arrangements.”
18 November
Hobart replenishes relationships at sea
In a slick display of navy-to-navy cooperation and coordination, HMAS Hobart refuelled at sea in early November while sailing with US Navy Ship Rappahannock off Honshu, Japan.  Hobart took on 160,000 litres of marine diesel from the fleet replenishment oiler during Exercise Keen Sword, which included ships and aircraft from Japan, the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK.  Hobart marine engineer officer Lieutenant Commander Clare Randall said it was the current crew’s first replenishment at sea (RAS) with a US unit.  More.....
18 November
Training to take control when the heat is on
Fire and toxic hazards are among the many potential risks for any mariner at sea.  The ship’s company of HMAS Hobart conducted an intense damage-control exercise off Japan’s coast during the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) International Fleet Review search-and-rescue exercise.  Along with responding to three simulated fires and a toxic hazard on board, Hobart also rendered assistance to JMSDF minesweeping tender JS Bungo as its crew fought a simulated blaze.  More.....
18 November
Ukraine's Maritime Drone Strikes Again: Reports Indicate Attack On Novorossiysk
It appears that a Ukrainian maritime drone, similar to those using in an attack on Sevastopol, has struck Novorossiysk.  This would be strategically important, showing that more of the Russian Navy is under threat.  Efforts may be underway to suppress this story in Russian media.  Ukraine's maritime drones can now reach a Russian Navy base until now regarded as safe.  When the drones (USVs) were used to attack Sevastopol on October 29 they resulted in a major shift in Russian Navy operations.  The threat is regarded as so serious that new defenses were added in Sevastopol.  And the Russian Navy, which early in the war dominated the Black Sea, barely leaves port.  Now this threat has reached another major Russian Navy base at Novorossiysk.  More.....
17 November
5 Aircraft Carriers Set to Operate Together in Europe for NATO Exercise
U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday.  The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts will be operating in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Mediterranean Sea along with the U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), Italian carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550) and the French FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), Sabrina Singh, deputy Pentagon press secretary, told reporters Thursday.  More.....
17 November
ADF personnel bring joy to Indian children
The Australian Consulate-General Chennai facilitated two volunteer engagements for members of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 to participate in while HMA Ships Adelaide and Anzac visited Vishakhapatnam. ADF members volunteered during their shore leave time to visit Boys’ Home and Campus Challenge, a home for differently abled children, where they played games with children, painted murals and danced to performances by the Australian Army Band.

17 November
Royal Australian Navy Band covers 'Levitating' by Dua Lipa!
The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne Cover Band presents their version of the Dua Lipa song Levitating, adapted by our own #AusNavy Leading Seaman Musician Robin Murray! The Cover Band is one of RAN Band Melbourne’s most requested ensembles, featuring some of Navy’s top commercial musicians performing songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and current Top 40 charts!

17 November
HMAS Adelaide conduct Crash on Deck Exercise
HMAS Adelaide conducted a simulated “crash on deck” exercise on 17 Oct 2022 involving fire-fighting and rescue crews as well as medical personnel on board.

16 November
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghRelease of Defence and Veteran Suicide Monitoring Report
A report released today into the rate of suicide among current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel reaffirms that suicide prevention must be a matter of national priority.  The report, Serving and ex‑serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985 suicide monitoring: 1997 to 2020, prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, is the fifth annual suicide monitoring report commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).  Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Matt Keogh says the death of any current or former serving ADF member is a tragedy felt deeply by all in the Defence and veteran communities. “Sadly, this latest report found that 1,600 ADF members and veterans with service after 1985 died by suicide between 1997 and 2020,” he said.  More.....
15 November
Australian warships challenged by Chinese military near heavily fortified Spratly Islands
Two Australian warships were closely tracked by the Chinese military last month as they passed some of Beijing's most heavily fortified islands in the South China Sea, as part of a joint show of force with the US and Japanese navies.  Officials with knowledge of the operation say destroyer HMAS Hobart and auxiliary tanker HMAS Stalwart sailed close to the Spratly Islands and were challenged by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in international waters claimed by China.  More.....
15 November
U.S. Naval Forces Intercept Explosive Material Bound for Yemen
On Nov. 8, U.S. 5th Fleet intercepted a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Oman smuggling lethal aid, including a large quantity of explosive material, from Iran to Yemen.  U.S. Coast Guard ship USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC 1146) and guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) interdicted the vessel as it transited international waters.  Patrol coastal ship USS Hurricane (PC 3) and Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 56 also assisted during a weeklong effort to fully search the vessel and verify the type of material found. U.S. forces discovered more than 70 tons of ammonium perchlorate, a powerful oxidizer commonly used to make rocket and missile fuel as well as explosives.  More.....
15 November
Remembrance Day in Singapore reinforces ties
Though far from home, a group of Australians commemorated Remembrance Day amongst Indo-Pacific friends at the Singapore Cricket Club’s War Memorial Cenotaph, during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 (IPE22).  Amidst the bustling streets of Singapore, a small group of representatives from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States stood silently alongside their Singaporean colleagues to honour and remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.  More.....
15 November
Cyber skills to strengthen Defence training
Defence scientists featured on an expert panel at Australia’s largest gaming convention in October, discussing the use of game techniques, technologies and innovation to help prepare Defence forces for future challenges.  The scientists, Alex Rohl and Susannah Whitney, participated in the Games Career Expo @ PAX, a three-day event within Melbourne’s PAX Aus 2022 convention that showcased educational pathways and career opportunities in the interactive games and entertainment industry.  More.....
14 November
Australia ‘massively dropped the ball’ on defense spending, Beazley warns
One of the giants of Australian politics and defense is calling for a “massive” increase in defense spending by the island continent, saying his country “dropped the ball, massively dropped the ball” over the previous three decades when it comes to defense investments.  Kim Beazley is best known for leading the Labor Party from 1996-2001, but also served as Minister of Defence from 1984-1990 and ambassador to the United States from 2009-2016. Most recently, he ended a four-year term as governor of West Australia in June.  Over his decades-long career in the public eye, Beazley has developed a reputation as a keen thinker on defense and geopolitics.  More.....
14 November
U.S. Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Arrives in Portsmouth
Sailors assigned to the first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) arrived in Portsmouth, U.K. for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 14, 2022.  During the visit, Sailors will have a chance to experience the rich culture of Portsmouth through morale welfare and recreation tours to popular cultural and historical landmarks around the city.  This port visit marks the first stop for the ships while deployed in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) area of operations.  More.....
11 November
Boxes stored inside Shrine of Remembrance unsealed
For the first time in almost a century, the boxes have been opened — containing receipts for thousands of Victorians whose donations enabled the monument to be built.  Watch the video.....
11 November
Midshipman Robert Ian Davies MiD
Robert Ian (Bob) Davies (1923-1941), naval officer, was born on 13 November 1923 at Greenwich, Sydney, son of Thomas Robert Davies, a native-born clerk, and his wife Mabel Irene, née Saville, from England. 'A friendly, fresh-faced lad', Bob attended North Sydney Boys' High School. In 1937 he entered the Royal Australian Naval College, Flinders Naval Depot, Westernport, Victoria. He gained colours for athletics and for Rugby Union football, a game in which he also showed 'strong, determined running'. Graduating near the top of his class in 1940, he was promoted midshipman on 1 January 1941 and sent to England for sea-training. On 8 March he joined the battle cruiser, H.M.S. Repulse. Although involved in little action, the ship spent long periods at sea and Davies demonstrated his mettle as an officer of quarters of close-range guns.

In October 1941 the British government decided to deploy a battle fleet to Singapore with the aim of deterring Japan from entering the war on the side of the Axis powers. It was intended that the principal units of the new Eastern Fleet would be Repulse, the battleship, Prince of Wales, and—to provide 'all-important self-contained air cover'—the aircraft-carrier, Indomitable. The fleet was not to have Indomitable's services, however, as she ran aground in the West Indies in November. An 'unbalanced token force' of two capital ships and their escort of destroyers arrived at Singapore on 2 December.  His full story can be found in our Hero Section.....
11 November
Shō of Unity – Japan International Fleet Review 2022
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has celebrated its strong relationship with Japan, supporting the 2022 Japan International Fleet Week.  As a tribute to the bond between Australia and Japan, the Royal Australian Navy Band released a special video clip featuring the popular Japanese folk song Umi (The Sea) blended with the Australian song Waltzing Matilda. Australian Navy musicians performed on the ancient Japanese instrument, the shō, and didgeridoo. Japan’s Fleet Review began in 1868 when the Imperial Navy welcomed His Majesty Emperor Meiji off Tempozan, Osaka. The review highlights the historical importance of sea trade routes and has been conducted every three years since 1957.

11 November
DDG(X) Destroyer Could Cost Up to $3.4B a Hull, SSN(X) Attack Boat Up to $7.2B, Says CBO Report
The U.S. Navy’s next-generation guided-missile destroyer could cost up to $3.4 billion a ship, while its next-generation SSN(X) attack boat could cost up to $7.2 billion – figures that are billions over the service’s own estimates, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s annual analysis of the Navy’s long-range shipbuilding plan.  More.....
11 November
China displays air-launched hypersonic missile at air show near Taiwan
China has unveiled air-launched versions of its ship-based hypersonic missile and a standoff cruise missile at the Zhuhai Airshow, going on this week in the southern Guangdong province near Taiwan.  A pair of air-launched hypersonic missiles carried under the wings of a Xi’an H-6K bomber were at the show, which opened Tuesday and runs through Nov. 13.  More.....
11 November
Japan hosts Australia, India, U.S. in Naval Exercise Malabar 2022
Opening ceremonies kicked-off exercise Malabar 2022, Nov. 8, followed by scheduled at-sea exercises involving naval ships, aircraft and personnel from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States in the Philippine Sea, off the coast of Japan.  This year’s at-sea exercise includes a variety of high-end tactical training events, submarine integration, anti-submarine warfare training, air defense exercises, multinational replenishment-at-sea operations, communications drills, joint warfighting planning scenarios, gunnery exercise, and maritime interdiction operations.  More.....
11 Novbmber
HMS Queen Elizabeth trains with F-35s in northern European waters
Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth bound for operations in northern European waters with F-35 Lightning jets.  The aircraft carrier recently returned from the United States where it hosted a high-profile security conference between the UK and US in New York.  Following a pause in Portsmouth, HMS Queen Elizabeth has now sailed for the next phase of its autumn programme, which will see the vessel lead a carrier striker group of warships, helicopters and F35B stealth jets on Operation Achillean.  More.....
11 November
USS Gerald R. Ford sharpens its warfare skills in exercise Silent Wolverine
USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the US Navy’s newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, has joined six NATO allies for exercise Silent Wolverine in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.  Silent Wolverine tests the first-in-class aircraft carrier capabilities through integrated high-end naval warfare scenarios alongside participating NATO allies. Exercise participants include Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.  More.....
11 November
Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt KeoghIdentifying our fallen and overseas ANZAC services
Three Australian soldiers of the First World War have been formally identified more than 105 years since they were killed on the Western Front.  Minister for Veterans Affairs’ and Defence Personnel, The Hon Matt Keogh MP said identifying the soldiers, whose remains were found in 2006 and 2010, was the result of historical, anthropological, archaeological and DNA analysis by the Australian Army.  “After giving their lives more than a century ago, it is remarkable that we can now name these three individuals who served our nation, and hopefully bring some peace to their descendants this Remembrance Day,” Minister Keogh said.  More.....
11 November
Firming friendships with Indian neighbours
Indo-Pacific Endeavour has returned to India for the third time, engaging in military-to-military exchanges, volunteer work in the community and concluding the regional partnership activities by sailing in company with Indian Navy ships.  More.....
11 November
ADF personnel bring joy to Indian children
Smiles and laughter were uniform of the day when personnel from Australian ships visited children’s homes in Vishakhapatnam, India, during a port visit this month.  The visits were among the community engagements ADF members are participating in as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022.  More.....
10 November
Night training sharpens landing skills
Landing an MH-60 Romeo helicopter on a pitching and rolling warship at night requires regular intensive training and teamwork.  To keep their skills sharp, the crew of HMAS Hobart’s embarked MH-60R Carnage conducted deck landing practice in the North Pacific Ocean during a regional presence deployment.  Navy pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson said it was a very dark night with no moon and strong winds.  “It was extremely challenging,” Lieutenant Thompson said.  More.....
09 November
Daughter inspired by father’s Navy career
Inspired by her father’s rewarding 42-year career in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), year 12 graduate Elizabeth 'Liz' Dowler signed up for the ADF Gap Year Program as a sailor.  Seaman Dowler always had an interest in Navy life seeing her dad, Petty Officer Musician Raymond Dowler, perform in concerts and military parades with the RAN band.  Petty Officer Dowler said his involvement with deployments and overseas representation and engagements also inspired his daughter.  More.....
09 Nov
Indigenous sailors showcase culture in Japan
Three Indigenous sailors from HMAS Hobart opened an official reception on board the ship in Yokosuka, Japan, during International Fleet Review Week.  In attendance were VIP guests including Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mark Hammond and admirals from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Navy.  More.....
08 November
Internal briefing reveals Northern Territory government approach to defence regarding AUKUS nuclear submarines
The Northern Territory government quietly approached the Defence Department, seeking to discuss Australia's nuclear submarine program, according to internal briefing documents.  The Northern Territory's interest in the nuclear submarines has been revealed in a defence department briefing given to the incoming Albanese government after the May election.  More.....
07 November
Russian Navy Pulls Warships from Black Sea into Port After Attacks
The Russian Navy still outnumbers and outguns the Ukrainians in the northern Black Sea. Despite the dominance on paper, the Russian Navy is on its back foot after several successful attacks from the smaller Ukrainian forces.  The Oct. 29 attack on Sevastopol, in which uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) with unmanned aerial vehicles attacked Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, appears to have pushed them further into the shell of their naval bases.  More.....
07 November
Visit to Japan strengthens relationship
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mark Hammond visited Japan for high-level talks and official events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).  Vice Admiral Hammond said it was great to be in Japan with almost 700 Australian sailors and officers for the JMSDF anniversary.  “This is a significant and historic event for the JMSDF and we are proud to partner with them to commemorate their rich history and our strategic relationship with one of the most capable navies in the region,” he said.  More.....
04 November
Austal delivers 3rd Evolved Cape-Class Patrol Boat to RAN
The vessel, ADV Cape Naturaliste, was officially accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia.  Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer, Paddy Gregg said the delivery of the third Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boat highlighted Austal’s proven productivity and reliability to deliver naval shipbuilding programs in Australia.  More.....
04 November
Navy-to-navy friendship in good shape
HMA Ships Hobart and Stalwart berthed at Manila, Philippines, for a five-day port visit as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022 (IPE22).  The port visit followed the multilateral naval exercise, Sama Sama Lumbas, between regional partners, including Australia and the Philippines.  Commanding Officer Stalwart Commander Steve McCracken highlighted the importance of working together on the exercise.  More.....
03 November
U.S. Navy Details Hypersonic Missile Plan for Zumwalt Destroyers, Virginia Submarines
The trio of Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers could each field up to a dozen hypersonic missiles, with the first ship ready for testing in 2025, USNI News has learned.  The service has determined that the hull can accommodate four 87-inch missile tubes that can each hold multiple missiles, Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe the head of the Navy’s strategic systems programs, told reporters on Tuesday at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium.  More.....
03 November
Arunta builds partnerships at sea and ashore
HMAS Arunta has been enhancing partnerships at sea and ashore during the first phase of her Indo-Pacific regional presence deployment.  After departing her homeport of Fleet Base East, Sydney, in mid-September, Arunta undertook independent training in Australian waters before transiting through the Indonesian archipelago into the South China Sea.  More.....
03 November
Home for the first time
Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Peron has been formally welcomed to her home port at HMAS Cairns. The boat is the second of its class to be homeported at Cairns, with ADV Cape Otway arriving at the base in June. Cape Peron Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Webb said his ship’s company was happy to have arrived at their home port and were ready for operational tasking.  More.....
01 November
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