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HMAS Canberra arrives back in Fiji
17 Aug 2016
HMAS Canberra has returned to Fiji six months after the ship responded to the request from Fiji authorities for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston which struck Fiji on the afternoon of 20 February 2016. HMAS Canberra's Commanding Officer, Captain Chris Smith and his crew will have the opportunity to meet again with the people of Fiji to celebrate the bonds of friendship formed during the emergency response work following the cyclone.
Exercise Strongback Simulation Training
16 Aug 2016
Exercise STRONGBACK SIM was recently held at Fleet Base West, and was developed to confirm that a frigate can effectively and realistically use simulation assets to conduct up to one week of a Unit Readiness Work-up while alongside. During the Exercise, HMA Ships Arunta and Newcastle were put through a number of simulated evolutions, including AW8 - multi-unit warfare exercises; whole ships damage control and fire-fighting exercises (DC200 Series); anti-submarine warfare exercises and boarding operations. Exercise STRONGBACK SIM, which was developed in support of Navy’s Plan Pelorus, also included a number of simulated engineering evolutions through HMAS Stirling’s Naval Engineering Systems Centre frigate simulator. Exercise STRONGBACK SIM, which was observed by Commodore Training Commodore Michael Rothwell AM RAN, represents a progressive step in RAN training capability and aimed to prove that an increased simulation component of a ship’s deployment preparation would deliver a number of benefits to Navy, including a more realistic threat environment and the freeing-up of other platforms traditionally used in a Unit Readiness Work-up.
HMAS Rankin returns to Fleet Base West
04 Aug 2016
As the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia played, Collins Class Submarine, HMAS Rankin, was greeted by family and members of the Submarine Community as she returned to her home port at Fleet Base West (FBW), Rockingham W.A, after an extended nine month deployment away. Rankin departed FBW in September 2015, and has participated in numerous deployments including visits in North East Asia, as well as operating out of Fleet Base East for an extended duration.
Chief of Navy Divisions at HMAS Stirling
03 Aug 2016
In line with military tradition, on the 01 August, HMAS Stirling, all resident Units, Fleet Base West home ported Ships/Submarines and HMAS Parramatta conducted Chief of Navy’s Divisions on the Main Sports Field at HMAS Stirling. On a cool and clear day, 1300 officers and sailors including a guard of 52 personnel and the RAN Band-Western Australia Detachment, paraded before VIP’s, senior officers and family and friends. The Divisions were reviewed by Chief of Navy, VADM Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, who was delighted with the turnout of personnel representing HMAS Stirling and Fleet Base West. Ceremonial Divisions have been found by experience to form a sound basis for development of those characteristics required in a well-disciplined person and serves to instil a sense of pride in the member and their Unit. They demonstrate organisation and exercise powers of leadership by the delegation of Command from the Parade Commander down to the Supernumerary.
MRH-90 Vertical Replenishment on Exercise RIMPAC
27 Jul 2016
HMAS Canberra’s MRH90 Helicopter conducted a vertical replenishment (VETREP) between USNS Rappahannock and USS San Diego, while HMAS Canberra simultaneously conducted an underway replenishment with USNS Rappahannock during Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2016 (RIMPAC16) held off the coast of Hawaii. The Australian Defence Force has deployed three ships, four aircraft and more than 1,650 personnel to take part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the coast of Hawaii and California. The multinational activity held from 30 June to 4 August 2016 is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes more than 25,000 personnel from 26 countries. RIMPAC seeks to enhance interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces, ostensibly as a means of promoting stability in the region to the benefit of all participating nations. The exercise helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.