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Bibbulmun Track Adventure Training
21 Apr 2017
Kalamunda - in the Perth hills, was the muster-point for fresh legs participating in a ‘relay of resilience’ on the Bibbulmun Track - the long distance walk trail in Western Australia. Between April and June, around 100 Navy personnel from Western Australia based units will undertake a staged Adventure Training (AT) activity to walk the 1002km Bibbulmun Track from start to finish.
HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment
11 Apr 2017
HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment. Amphibious ship HMAS Choules has arrived in the vicinity of the Keppel Islands to commence the offload of troops, vehicles and equipment to Yeppoon, Central Queensland. More than 850 tonnes of heavy equipment and disaster relief stores are bound for Rockhampton to assist the Queensland government and local authorities in flood relief operations, if and when requested. HMAS Choules will offload elements of the Australian Army’s 6th Engineer Support Regiment and supporting units including transport, medical and communications via LCM8 Landing craft from 35th Water Transport Squadron.
HMAS Choules loaded for OP Queensland Assist
29 Mar 2017
Troops, vehicles and equipment from the Australian Army’s 17th Construction Squadron, 6th Engineer Support Regiment and supporting units embark in amphibious ship HMAS Choules in the Port of Brisbane. HMAS Choules is on her way to cyclone ravaged North Queensland following the category four Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie that struck the North East Coast of Australia on Tuesday the 28th of March 2017.
Ex Ocean Explorer End of Exercise
15 Mar 2017
Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17 (OE 17) is a major Fleet training activity led by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and jointly-enabled by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and other nations’ forces. The maritime exercise is one of the largest iterations of the exercise held in the West Australian Exercise Area (WAXA). OE 17 will be conducted over the period 13 Feb – 10 Mar 17 with the primary aim of conducting high-end war-fighting training.
50th Anniversary of the Australian White Ensign
01 Mar 2017
On Wednesday 1 March 2017, three sailors raised the Australian White Ensign (AWE) from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the senior service and the 50th anniversary of the flag. The AWE was brought into service on 1 March 1967, with the Australian National Line cargo ship Boonaroo, the first to commission under the new flag. Only commissioned Australian warships and establishments are allowed to display the AWE. It may be displayed with specific approval and only in strictly controlled circumstances. The white ensign symbolises loyalty, courage, service and mateship to the men and women who have served and currently serve in the Royal Australian Navy.
Exercise Ocean Explorer Fleet Concentration Period Sports Day
28 Feb 2017
Fleet Concentration Period Sports Day provides a chance for all ships participating in Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017 to come together and compete on the sports field and to also have fun. Eleven teams played from Australian HMA Ships Adelaide, Stuart, Toowoomba and Parramatta, HMAS Stirling, Australian Clearance Diving Team Four, Submarine Force, and foreign ships, HMNZS Te Kaha, HMNZS Endeavour and Armada Espanola (ESPS) Cristobal Colon.