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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Royal Australian Navy News

Aussie Pump’s has developed corrosion free high pressure fire and salvage pumps specifically designed to handle seawater applications (ideal for tugs, barges, trawlers and even patrol boats). Image: Australian Pump Industries

Tech File: Sea Skipper Fire & Salvage Pump

After working with the Royal Australian Navy for several years, a small Australian pump manufacturer – Sydney-based Australian Pump Industries – which works on both the naval and commercial side of marine, developed a high-pressure fire and salvage pump dubbed the Sea Skipper, designed specifically for seawater applications. While engaged in maintenance work on Australia’s FFG fleet, Aussie Pumps’ Chief Engineer, John Hales, saw workboats using commercial grade, agricultural style…

Photographer: LSIS Bradley Darvill 
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HMAS Ballarat Seizes 3.1 tonnes of Hashish in the Middle East

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.The fishing vessel, known as a dhow, was believed to be engaged in illegal activity when Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) directed Ballarat to board the vessel and conduct a flag verification check.Ballarat’s boarding team searched the dhow and seized the hashish.

Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems, Flinders University to Train Shipbuilding Workforce

A new agreement between BAE Systems Australia and Flinders University will see students and industry working together to develop new ways to provide Australia’s defence force with the evolving capability it needs and train the shipbuilding workforce of the future. BAE Systems is one of three companies bidding to build nine Anti-Submarine Warships for the Royal Australian Navy. The company is proposing an Australian variant of the Global Combat Ship currently being manufactured in the UK for the Royal Navy.

(Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Netherland Hosts International Simulation-based Training Conference

Almost 200 delegates from across the world are gathered at the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus in Den Haag, The Netherlands this week to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. Kongsberg Group, the Norway-headquartered international knowledge-based  company serving businesses in the maritime, defense, remote weapons and digitalization sectors, is hosting the three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference designed to bring attendees up to date on recent and planned developments in digitalization…

Jeff McCray (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries to Open Australian Office

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said it plans to establish a permanent presence in Australia by opening an office in Canberra. “Establishing a permanent presence in Australia demonstrates HII’s commitment to supporting Australia and the U.S. military forces in the Pacific,” said HII President and CEO Mike Petters. “It also facilitates our ability to conduct real-time, frequent engagement with the Royal Australian Navy and the U.S. The U.S. based shipbuilder has hired Jeff McCray as vice president…

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, hosted 14 of his counterparts in Darwin recently to discuss regional maritime security.

14 Navies Attend Regional Commanders’ Conference

The Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, hosted 14 of his counterparts or their representatives in Darwin for the inaugural Regional Commanders’ Conference to discuss maritime security and interoperability in the Asia-Pacific. The high level discussions between navies fostered international partnerships while sharing innovative approaches on how best to meet the challenges shared by all nations. The forum heard from leading strategists before discussing advances in unmanned systems…

RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ace RheaumeReleased)

Exercise Rim of Pacific Concludes

The world's largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 4, after more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific 2016, more countries and personnel than in any previous years. This year's RIMPAC marked the 25th in the series, which began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander of the U.S.

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Chris Bradshaw with his partner Kylie and son Wyatt are reunited on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney at HMAS Darwin's welcome home ceremony. Photo RAN

HMAS Darwin Returns from Middle East Deployment

Family and friends joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome HMAS Darwin home from a successful Middle East deployment. During her Operation MANITOU rotation, Darwin and her Ship’s Company seized a large cache of illicit weapons and narcotics. Vice Admiral Barrett  praised Darwin’s Ship’s Company on their accomplishments. “By removing weapons and drugs from circulation, you made a tangible difference, limiting terrorist organisations’ ability to raise money,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

The official logo for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. (US Navy Graphic by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Douglas Bedford Released)

RIMPAC Brings 26 Nations Together in Pacific

Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series which began in 1971.

New Entry Officers' Course 54 perform an Advance and Review as a AS-350BA Squirrel and two Bell 429's from 723 Squadron and a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron conduct a fly past. Photo RAN

Australian Navy Welcomes its Newest Officers

Twenty weeks since walking through the gates of HMAS Creswell to start initial training, 104 naval officers graduated today. Friends and family were on hand to share in the achievements of the 82 men and 22 women. Honouring a long-standing commitment to the New Entry Officers, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, reviewed the parade, hosted by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN. “While we celebrate the achievements of the officers on parade today…

Austal Supporting Innovation in Western Australia

Austal Limited has attended the first forum hosted by the Government of Western Australia’s new Innovation Minister, The Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, in preparation for the State’s first Innovation Summit, to be held in Perth on July 28, 2016. As a WA-based builder of defense and commercial vessels, Austal participated in the forum and said it intends to play a proactive, leadership role in the Innovation Summit to help drive innovation development and investment in Western Australia.

HMAS Moreton. will be the Navy’s first establishment commissioning since 1978 and is the third time an establishment has been named Moreton. Photo RAN

RAN Base commissioned as HMAS Moreton

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) formally commissioned Navy Headquarters – South Queensland as HMAS Moreton today in a ceremony steeped in tradition. The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, together with Senators Joanna Lindgren and Chris Ketter, joined the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, to mark the significant and rare occasion. “The Navy last commissioned an establishment in 1978 and today’s transition of Navy Headquarters South Queensland to HMAS Moreton recognises the enduring relationship Navy has with Brisbane…

HMAS Perth Anzac Class Frigate, Australia Photo RAN

ANZAC Class Frigate Sustainment Deal Signed

The Turnbull Government has signed a long-term contract for the sustainment of ANZAC Class Frigates centred in Western Australia. The strategic partnership between BAE Systems Australia Defence Pty Limited, Saab Australia Pty Ltd, Naval Ship Management Australia Pty Ltd (a joint venture between UGL and Babcock), and the Commonwealth will streamline a number of existing contracts for the whole-of-life sustainment for the ANZAC Class Frigates. The majority of the sustainment work will be done in Henderson…

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016.

Australia-Japan bilateral exercise Ends

Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales. HMA Ships Ballarat, Adelaide and Success along with JMSDF destroyers JS Umigiri, JS Asayuki and submarine, JS Hakuryu, conducted a range of activities including anti-submarine warfare, ship handling and aviation operations as well as activities with Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft.

Courtesy Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force

Australia, Japan Practice Naval Interoperability off Sydney

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts have gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016. This exercise, which has been conducted between Australia and Japan since 2009, is an opportunity to develop and enhance the bilateral naval relationship by practising maritime skills and improving levels of interoperability between our two navies. This is the first opportunity to conduct the exercise off Sydney.

Weapons assembled on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). The weapons were seized from a stateless dhow intercepted by the Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) Photo USN

USN Ship Seizes Third Illicit Arms Shipment in Arabian Sea

For the third time in recent weeks, international naval forces operating in the waters of the Arabian Sea seized a shipment of illicit arms March 28, which the United States assessed originated in Iran and was likely bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen. The U.S. Navy Coastal Patrol ship USS Sirocco, operating as part of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, intercepted and seized the shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small, stateless dhow. The illicit cargo included 1,500 AK-47s, 200 RPG launchers and 21 .50 caliber machine guns.

Soryu-class submarine. Photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Japanese Submarine to Join Australia's Navy in Military Drill

Soryu-class JS Hakuryu and two warfare destroyers will work with Australian ships near Jervis Bay as part of bilateral exercises, reports AAP. The 4,000-ton Soryu-class stealth submarine JS Hakuryu, outfitted with a new lithium-ion battery propulsion system, will be joined by two JMSDF destroyers and two helicopters during the training exercise aimed to  “foster collaboration” and “improve tactical skills,” according to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). All in all, around 430 JMSDF personnel will participate in the drill.

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

Custom Engine Room Simulator for RAN

The Commonwealth of Australia (CoA), Department of Defence has contracted Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver a new K-Sim Engine simulator model to the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Cerberus training facility located south of Melbourne, Australia. The new model will run on the existing KONGSBERG K-Sim Engine desktop simulator delivered to HMAS Cerberus in 2013, which is maintained under a Long Term System Support Program (LTSSP) agreement signed in 2015. The customized simulator…

HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney

HMAS Melbourne Returns from M.E.

After five successful narcotic seizures in the Middle East and 203 days away from home, Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Melbourne was welcomed back to her homeport of Sydney today. Around one thousand family and friends joined the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, to welcome the ship’s company home from duties as part of Operation MANITOU. Minister Payne said the 223 men and women on board have made their families and Australia proud.

Young Endeavour set sail on an extraordinary 12-month circumnavigation of the world Photo  RAN

STS Young Endeavour Completes Circumnavigation

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour sailed into Fremantle today, completing a year-long circumnavigation of the world. Assistant Minister for Defence Darren Chester was in Western Australia to welcome the seafarers back to Australian soil and personally congratulate members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who sailed the ship on the last leg across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town, in South Africa. “A circumnavigation of the world is a remarkable achievement for all involved…

Captain Mona Shindy was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for 2015. Image courtesy of Telstra.

Naval Captain wins Business Woman of the Year Award

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne congratulated Royal Australian Navy weapons engineer Captain Mona Shindy who received the 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award last night. Captain Shindy, who is the RAN’s Director Littoral Warfare and Maritime Support and the Chief of Navy’s strategic adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs, was also a joint winner of the 2015 Government and Academia Award. “I am thrilled by the recognition of Captain Shindy's work and congratulate her on winning this coveted award,’’ Minister Payne said.

Artist's impression of the Immersive Cinema Experience: drama, danger and suspense on the big screen with a pumping soundtrack to set the scene. (Image: Australian National Maritime Museum)

Australia Maritime Museum Calls ‘Action Stations’

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s new “Action Stations” attraction officially opened in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Sunday, offering guests a uniquely dynamic “Immersive Cinema Experience”. The $12 million (AUD ) Action Stations attraction, located in a new waterfront pavilion, highlights the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and its people, the various periods of engagement from World War I to the present day and brings to life the human stories behind the uniform and the fleet.

HMAS Pirie (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Navy Saves Jellyfish Sting Victim

A rapid response by Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Pirie’s crew may have saved the life of a crew member onboard an Australian fishing vessel, the Australian Department of Defense announced. The Armidale Class patrol boat was conducting border protection operations when the ship received an urgent call for assistance from a fishing vessel stating a Darwin resident was believed to have been stung by a highly venomous Box Jellyfish, (Chironex fleckeri) while recovering nets near Bigge Island in the Kimberley region.

Kelvin Hughes Appoints AMS as Rep

Press release -  Kelvin Hughes has appointed prime contractor Australian Maritime Systems (AMS) with headquarters in Brisbane, Australia to act as its sales representative and provide service operations across Australia and New Zealand. The agreement will allow Kelvin Hughes to increase service and support to its client portfolio across the region, which includes the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. As a defence distributor…

The Senior Officers and Commanding Officers of the participating units involved in AUSINDEX 2015.

AUSINDEX15 a Success

The inaugural bilateral maritime exercise between India and Australia, AUSINDEX15, has concluded in Visakhapatnam, India. The activity brought together ships and aircraft from both countries to strengthen defence co-operation under the Framework for Security Cooperation announced by the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers, Abbott and Modi, in 2014. Head Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN, was on location in India for part of the exercise and said the relationship between the two militaries was strategically significant.

HMAS Arunta sails to India for AUSINDEX 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

India, Australia Begin First Joint Maritime Exercises

India and Australia have commenced the first bilateral maritime exercise, Ausindex15, in Visakhapatnam, India, strengthening defence cooperation between the countries. Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Kevin Andrews MP, recently visited India to further develop, with his counterpart Minster Manohar Parrikar, the Framework for Security Cooperation. “India is the emerging democratic super power of Asia.