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HMAS Ararat Mission Readiness Evaluation
06 Dec 2016
HMAS Ararat is one of the Royal Australian Navy’s patrol boat fleet based in northern Australia. The fleet operates 365 days a year to defend against potential civil maritime threats, including illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, narcotics trafficking and irregular maritime arrivals. In order to provide this continuous capability, the 15 ships and their crews train regularly to ensure they carry out all tasks smoothly, meeting Navy’s mission “to fight and win at sea.”
Exercise Dugong 2016
21 Nov 2016
Exercise Dugong brings together more than 50 specialist divers and support staff to practise state-of-the-art underwater construction techniques and damage repair, search and salvage, shipping hazard removal, medical and communication techniques. Eighteen divers from the USA will be conducting continuation training and demonstrations in underwater welding, thermal cutting, underwater chainsaw and grinding, search techniques utilising underwater sonar, construction and simulated deep diving and recompression chamber drains. Australian Navy Divers participating in DUGONG 16 will be drawn from Clearance Dive Team One based at HMAS Waterhen and Clearance Dive Team Four from HMAS Stirling in Western Australia.
New Zealand Earthquake Relief
19 Nov 2016
HMAS Darwin has concluded her first day of disaster relief activities in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Darwin evacuated civilians by sea boat and delivered food, water and emergency supplied using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. Darwin and her ship's company of 200 officers and sailors will contribute to the New Zealand Defence Force's Operation Awhina - Hanmer Springs, providing assistance to the civil community following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the region on 14 November 2016.
Officer of the Watch manoeuvres on HMAS Darwin
16 Nov 2016
On her way to New Zealand, the ship's company of the guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin took the opportunity to perform Officer of the Watch manoeuvres. HMAS Darwin is sailing to the Kaikoura region on the South Island, New Zealand to provide Humanitarian and Disaster Relief support following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 14 November 2016. At the request of the New Zealand Government, HMAS Darwin will use her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter to evacuate civilians and distribute disaster relief supplies.