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  • 18 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    At the entrance to the Grand Harbour of Valletta, Malta, the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac was joined by STS Young Endeavour for a formation entry, kicking off a few days of engagement between the Australian Navy and the people of the Republic of Malta. The Centenary of Anzac, a major focus of Anzac’s […]

  • 28 January 2013
    Training & Education

    Navy was proud to have been involved in a variety of Australia Day events around the country. Australia Day is Australia’s national day and is celebrated on January 26th to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788. Each year, the Australian Defence Force participates in a range […]

  • 13 January 2015
    Training & Education

    Australian Navy ships and personnel were on duty across the region and the globe this festive season, no different to every other day of the year. Able Seaman Electronics Technician Ned Orchard, of Sanctuary Point, NSW, was at sea protecting Australia’s borders as part of Operation RESOLUTE. Able Seaman Orchard grew up on the NSW […]

  • 2 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The newest Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) unit, Provisional Training Ship Australia, is responsible for bringing the young adults together, under the guidance of the ANC’s Leadership and Development program.   Provisional Training Ship Australia was officially approved by the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, in March. In doing so, he seconded his Strategic […]

  • 4 August 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    More than 800 Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel are on their way home after taking part in RIMPAC, the world’s largest naval exercise, which concluded in Hawaii this week.   Australia sent the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Success and Submarine HMAS Sheean, a rifle company from 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian […]

  • 7 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has is a long history of naming assets with Indigenous names of aboriginal origin.   When the British Admiralty suggested that the first three Torpedo boat destroyers built for the Commonwealth Naval Forces in 1909 be named after Australian rivers, the Prime Minister Alfred Deakin agreed. The names of Australian […]

  • 14 December 2011
    Industry news

    The Royal Australian Navy now has enhanced amphibious warfare capability with the commissioning in Fremantle today of Australia’s newest warship, the Bay Class Landing Ship HMAS Choules. Choules, a former Royal Fleet Auxiliary which served the Royal Navy under the name Largs Bay, was renamed after Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules, Australia’s last surviving World […]

  • 1 August 2014
    Training & Education

    More than 500 family and a friends proudly watched as 95 of Navy’s newest Recruits formally completed 11 weeks of initial training at the Royal Australian Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus.   The graduates were honoured to commence their service as General Entry 323 Shipp Division and graduated before Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral […]

  • 10 June 2014
    Training & Education

    A decade long project involving the Royal Australian Navy, CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has delivered an Australian first and world class ocean forecasting system.   Project BLUElink was introduced in 2003 to better understand Australia’s marine environment assisting in defence operations and maritime safety. Lieutenant Commander Amy Bulters said the ocean modelling project, […]

  • 6 June 2014
    Authorities

    For the first time in history a member of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has actively participated in the Eternal Flame Ceremony, which is conducted every evening beneath the world-renowned Arc De Triomphe in Paris.   Petty Officer Don Blackley is in France as part of a small contingent of Australia’s Federation Guard, supporting commemoration […]

  • 19 December 2013
    Industry news

    The hull of the second and last of the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious ships has departed from Vigo in northern Spain, Australian Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced. The Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) hull will be transported to Melbourne, Australia, by the Heavy Lift Ship Blue Marlin. The hull was built at the […]

  • 30 October 2014
    Authorities

    As the last of the Royal Australian Navy fleet of Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels prepare to be decommissioned this November in Cairns, Leading Seaman Gordon Spooner shares his first-hand knowledge of the important amphibious capability that the vessels have provided to the Navy. Currently posted to HMAS Brunei, Leading Seaman Spooner has undertaken a […]

  • 25 September 2014
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy’s participation in Ocsober was officially launched today with a 24-hour swimming event in Canberra.   Ocsober is an initiative of Life Education Australia, which provides drug and health education to Australian children. Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, CSC, RAN, representing Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN at the […]

  • 17 November 2014
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy’s latest aviation acquisition has been on display at a recent airshow in Florida. Naval Air Station Jacksonville and the St Johns River provided the perfect backdrop to a display of aviation capabilities, both new and old. The airshow was attended by 297,000 visitors over two days, with an incredible array of naval […]

  • 20 December 2013
    Training & Education

    2013 was one of the busiest years on recent record for the Royal Australian Navy Fleet. During a period of substantial border protection activity, and against a backdrop of international piracy and narcotics trading interdiction in the Middle East and Indian Ocean, the Navy continued to meet its mission to fight and win in the […]

  • 5 June 2013
    Training & Education

    CMDR MacDonald joined the RAN as a sailor in 1962 and received his Commission at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth UK in 1975. CMDR MacDonald served in ten different classes of warships and instructed in two warfare training establishments. An Anti-air Warfare Specialist (AWS), he developed the initial RAN Air Control School for AWS […]

  • 23 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines. The minister added that Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France […]

  • 1 December 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) Canberra III was welcomed into service in the Royal Australian Navy on November 28. The Australian White Ensign was raised for the first time, signaling that HMAS Canberra III was formally commissioned into the Fleet. Navy, Army and Air Force members of ship’s company lined the aircraft hangar as […]

  • 11 July 2018
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy has welcomed a new Chief of Navy as Vice Admiral Tim Barrett was relieved by Vice Admiral Michael Noonan in a handover ceremony at Blamey Square in Canberra. VADM Barrett told the gathering, his time as Chief has seen significant change to the RAN, thanks to hard work and dedication by […]

  • 25 November 2011
    Authorities

    The Minister for Defence and Member for Perth, Stephen Smith MP and the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, congratulated seven West Australian employers and their Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists for their outstanding service to the ADF during 2011. A ceremony recognising the employers and their Reservist employees was held last night on […]

  • 25 August 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will receive a state-of-the-art electronic warfare (EW) system as part of the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) capability, which will improve the ability to passively detect, identify and track threats including enemy ships, aircraft and anti-ship missiles.   The AWD Alliance successfully fitted the first EW antenna on top of the […]

  • 3 May 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    French president Emmanuel Macron met with Royal Australian Navy personnel during a three-day visit to Australia. In a sign of strengthening ties between the two countries, Macron and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited submarine HMAS Waller and landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra berthed at Garden Island, Sydney. Macron toured HMAS Canberra where he met with […]

  • 4 May 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    Navantia has launched the Royal Australian Navy’s twelfth and final LHD Landing Craft (LLC) on April 27. The contract for the construction of the series of 12 LLC was signed in September 2011 and the works have been executed in the Bay of Cádiz. The landing crafts are destined to operate with the Navy’s new […]

  • 26 May 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Traditions and customs are the foundations of the strong bonds between sailors, officers and their ships, so it is only fitting that the Royal Australian Navy collects, maintains and displays the items that chronicle its heritage.   Commander Alex Hawes, Director of the Navy Heritage Collection, is keenly aware of the significance of the collection […]

  • 13 September 2013
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy would like to congratulate eight of its members who were awarded honours by The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, during a series of Investiture Ceremonies held at Government House, Sydney this week. They were: Conspicuous Service Cross   Commander Paul John Hines For outstanding […]

  • 25 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) joined with the maritime community on Wednesday 25 June to mark the International Maritime Organisation’s Day of the Seafarer.   The Day of the Seafarer recognises the unique contribution made by mariners, by increasing awareness among the general public of the indispensable services they render to international trade, the world […]

  • 11 July 2016
    Authorities

    There was a period in Royal Australian Navy history when the service operated two aircraft carriers simultaneously, Sgt Dave Morley explains as he outlines the history of HMAS Vengeance. The Navy’s intended second light fleet aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne II, suffered delays in England in the early 1950s, while undergoing an upgrade, consequently the carrier HMS Vengeance […]

  • 22 May 2020
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has welcomed HMAS Sydney, its third and final Hobart-class air warfare destroyer, into the fleet in the first commissioning of an Australian warship at sea since the Second World War. The ceremony, conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 18 May 2020, marked the moment the 147-metre long […]

  • 15 March 2012
    Authorities

    Navigation charts were not quite as helpful as they’d normally be for the crew of the Royal Australian Navy’s Squirrel detachment who were sent in to assist with the Wagga Wagga flood emergency. The two aircraft from 723 Squadron were tasked with flying reconnaissance missions over the water-logged Riverina region, a mission which provided some […]