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Reservist employers invited on board HMAS Canberra
10 Oct 2019
Exercise BOSS LIFT Navy is an employer engagement activity that aims to provide Navy Reservists with a taste of military life. The exercise focuses on the Navy experience and enhances reservist employers understanding of what Navy does and what their employees do when they are on reserve days. This is the second Navy Boss Lift, following on from last year’s event. This event will begin on 18 Sep at HMAS Watson moving to HMAS Albatross before heading to HMAS Creswell for an overnight (no photographer required). From the 19th a photographer will be required as the bosses are moved to HMAS Canberra for a day and overnight on the ship before returning alongside FBE on the 20 of September. Currently have 13 confirmed bosses from Westpac, PWC, Deloitte, Department of Home Affairs and TasPorts.
HMAS Melbourne final return
27 Sep 2019
HMAS Melbourne sailed into her home port for the final time. The 138-metre long Guided Missile Frigate arrived at Fleet Base East bringing her 27 years of service at sea to an end. HMAS Melbourne was commissioned in 1992 and has sailed more than 780,000 nautical miles throughout her service life. She deployed to the Middle East eight times and earned battle honours for her service in East Timor, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. She recently completed a four month deployment through Asia, including conducting international maritime surveillance operations to enforce sanctions against North Korea. HMAS Melbourne will decommission in October.
Fijian Prime Minister visit To Garden Island
17 Sep 2019
On the 14th of September 2019 the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, The Honourable Josaia Vorege 'Frank' Bainimarama, and Minister for Defence and National Security, The Honourable Inia Seruiratu, were greeted by the Secretary for Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AO, RAN, at Fleet Base East, Sydney. The Fijian delegation toured the Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock HMAS Adelaide, which will be in Suva later in the year, and discussed its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities. They also met with Australia Defence Force personnel who have partnered with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces for peacekeeping training and the redevelopment of Blackrock Camp.
105th anniversary of the loss of AE1
17 Sep 2019
Director General Submarines, Commodore Timothy Brown RAN, and Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Jim Smail laid wreaths at the last post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the loss of the 35 officers and sailors from Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1. Lieutenant Commander Smail is the nephew of Petty Officer Robert Smail who was part of the AE1 ship’s company when she was lost.
Navy surfers go from ship to shore
17 Sep 2019
Members of the Navy Surf riders Association have joined for a day of surfing at Werri Beach, New South Wales. During the activity, Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors took part in friendly competitive heats in the lead up to future events including the Navy Surfing Carnival and Inter-Service Championships. The Navy Surf riders Association is open to Navy members of all skill levels and provides a friendly and social environment to conduct the sport and achieve a positive work-life balance.
Launch of NUSHIP Stalwart
02 Sep 2019
The Royal Australian Navy is another step closer to welcoming its new fleet of support tankers into service, following the successful launch of NUSHIP Stalwart at today’s ceremony in Ferrol, Spain. The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide the Navy with vital afloat logistics support to enable our ships to remain at sea longer. Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO, RAN said the Supply class AOR vessels will enable Navy to maintain a long-term presence at sea and provide combat support to our frigates, destroyers and combatants wherever they operate in the world. NUSHIPs Stalwart and Supply will replace the current replenishment tankers HMAS Sirius and ex-HMAS Success, which was decommissioned on 29 June 2019.