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  • 16 May 2014

    Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Wollongong has made a mercy dash to embark two injured Australians who were rescued by an Indonesian merchant vessel in the Arafura Sea.   An Indonesian registered civilian offshore supply ship, MV POSH Shearwater, initially responded to a vessel in distress call and rescued the two men from their […]

  • 1 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong has embarked on a voyage to the South West Pacific as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) commitment to assist with building security capacity in the region. Wollongong’s South West Pacific deployment will see the Armidale-class patrol boat visit Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia. […]

  • 31 August 2017

    The crew of the Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Wollongong exercised their rights of Freedom of Entry in their namesake city on Sunday. Twenty-five officers and sailors from the patrol boat, along with the Royal Australian Navy Band and a group of Australian Navy cadets marched through the main street of Wollongong, in New […]

  • 23 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong arrived in Fiji, berthing at Kings Wharf in Suva harbor on Monday. Wollongong is visiting Fiji as part of a regular South West Pacific Deployment that helps to build relationships between the Republic of Fiji Military Force and the Australian Defence Force. During her deployment, the patrol […]

  • 12 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong set sail for Port Moresby this month to take part in Exercise Paradise off Papua New Guinea. The annual event aimed at strengthening ties between the Royal Australian and Papua New Guinean navies. Commanding Officer of the patrol boat, Lieutenant Commander Scott Wilson, said Australia’s closest neighbor […]

  • 5 December 2013

    A joint agency operation targeting illegal foreign fishing in the Torres Strait has led to the apprehension of seven illegal foreign fishing boats from Papua New Guinea and the return of almost one tonne of live sea cucumbers to Warrior Reef. Sea cucumbers (also known as bech de mer) are considered a delicacy in most […]

  • 15 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Exercise Paradise, the bilateral maritime engagement between Royal Australian and Papua New Guinean navies, got underway in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. One of Australia’s Armidale class patrol boats, HMAS Wollongong, is taking part alongside the local Pacific class patrol boats, HMPNG Ships Seeadler and Moresby. The two navies will practice tactical communications, surveillance, force protection, […]

  • 1 June 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Wollongong participated in a four-day exercise with the Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kula during a recent visit to Fiji. Wollongong is on a South West Pacific deployment, which includes visits to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, as part of the Australian Defence Force’s enduring commitment to assist with […]

  • 29 August 2013
    Training & Education

    The Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong has made a rendezvous with HMA Ships Sirius, Warramunga and Sydney in the Timor Sea to conduct mariner skills training. HMA Ships Sirius, Warramunga and Sydney have patrolled Northern Australian waters this month as part of Exercise BLUE RAPTOR. The aim of BLUE RAPTOR was to provide an […]

  • 8 April 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Australia and Indonesia concluded a joint maritime security patrol between the two countries’ waters on April 5. Illegal fishing was the focus the fifth coordinated maritime security patrol, code-named Ausindo Corpat 2016. The patrol had elements of the Australian Defence Force unite with the Indonesian Armed Forces in the waters between Australia and Indonesia over […]

  • 24 March 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Australian and Indonesian Navy patrol boats on March 24 completed the bilateral exercise Cassowary which took place off Darwin. The Australian Armidale class patrol boat, HMAS Wollongong, joined two Indonesian patrol boats, KRI Sampari and KRI Layang, maritime surveillance, security and interdiction operations scenarios between March 21 – 24. Commanding Officer Wollongong, Lieutenant Commander Scott […]

  • 29 August 2016
    Training & Education

    The ability of the Royal Australian and Papua New Guinean navies to work together in maritime security is stronger than ever following the conclusion of Exercise PARADISE this month. The exercise is the Royal Australian Navy’s primary bilateral maritime engagement activity with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element. This year it involved HMAS […]

  • 8 June 2016

    Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Wollongong recently intercepted what the navy believes are two Vietnamese fishing vessels. Two foreign fishing vessels were apprehended on June 2, in waters off north Queensland for suspected illegal fishing in Australian waters. Maritime Border Command within the Australian Border Force, made the apprehensions off Lihou reef in the Coral […]

  • 27 June 2016

    Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Wollongong helped seize two foreign fishing vessels, believed to be Vietnamese, in waters off far North Queensland for suspected illegal fishing. Maritime Border Command within the Australian Border Force, made the apprehensions on June 21 near Dianne Bank in a coordinated effort with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. During the inspection, […]

  • 2 September 2013

    On 31 August 2013 ships and sailors from the Indonesian Eastern Fleet and the Royal Australian Navy completed Exercise CASSOWARY 2013 in the Darwin area. The biennial maritime security training exercise is one of a series which aims to strengthen relationships and enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between the Indonesian Navy, known as Tentara Nasional […]

  • 14 October 2013
    Training & Education

    In September, just in time to participate in the International Fleet Review, HMAS Huon returned from four months on deployment, including a 12-week stint on Operation Resolute. The swift deployment was a great achievement for the ship’s company of  46 who deployed on 24-hours notice. CO Huon LCDR Jace Hutchison said he was very proud of his crew for […]

  • 19 September 2013
    Training & Education

    Illegal fishing has been the focus of a combined Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Indonesian armed forces operation, concluding in Kupang, West Timor this week. The fourth annual Australian and Indonesian coordinated maritime security patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) started in Darwin on 2 September and was undertaken in waters between the two countries from 2-16 September. […]

  • 12 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Papua New Guinea Defence Force commissioned the first Guardian-class patrol boat HMPNGS Ted Diro in a ceremony on February 1. The ceremony was attended by the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and the ship’s company of the Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Wollongong. Ted Diro is the first of 21 Guardian-class […]

  • 4 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    As HMAS Success began the last phase of her preparation for a lengthy deployment in November, the ship’s company welcomed a new Commanding Officer. Captain Justin Jones took command at the gangway of Success after his predecessor, Captain Allison Norris, completed a circuit of the ship’s main deck whilst sharing a few words with each […]

  • 2 December 2011
    Training & Education

    A diverse group of 67 Australians graduated as officers in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at RAN College, HMAS Creswell. For the 15 women and 52 men taking part in the graduation parade, the completion of New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) 45 marked the end of 22 weeks of initial training at RAN College. The […]

  • 31 October 2013
    Research & Development, Training & Education

    Two of the Royal Australian Navy’s Coastal Hydrographic Survey ships have recently returned to their homeport of Cairns, having completed a survey of Dawson Strait, Papua New Guinea. The two ships, Mermaid and Paluma, commenced vital survey work in August to assist mariners in the safe passage and navigation of the region. The information gathered […]

  • 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 […]

  • 26 March 2013

      Lieutenant Commander John Sperring, a long-term resident at the Australian Hydrographic Office, celebrated 40 years in Australian Defence Force (ADF) service on 6th March 2013. Originally in the Army for 12 ½ years, John reached the rank of Warrant Officer, primarily in Army Intelligence but also served in the Infantry as a machine gunner, […]

  • 25 April 2017
    Industry news

    French shipbuilder DCNS has signed an agreement with Australia’s Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) to collaborate on naval shipbuilding and repairs. According to DMTC, the agreement will see DMTC and DCNS collaborate on developing technical expertise and building industrial capacity within Australian maritime sector supply chains. The center said work had already started on a project involving […]

  • 24 January 2013

    Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong announced that Commodore Rod Nairn, AM, RAN stepped down as Australia’s longest serving Hydrographer and was relieved by Commodore Brett Brace, RAN. “Hydrography has been my life” Commodore Nairn said, “I am immensely proud to have led such a professional service of Navy personnel and Defence civilians who are dedicated […]

  • 4 June 2014

    HMS Somerset and HMAS Darwin, the two top naval crime fighters in the Indian Ocean have met and shared their experiences of half a dozen drugs busts.   Between them they have accounted for seizing £240m of illegal narcotics in the past two months. The duo, directed by a Royal UK Navy-led task force, have […]

  • 17 June 2020

    Seven Royal Australian Navy (RAN) warships sailed in the past week from navy’s Fleet Base East and Fleet Base West to undertake a range of training activities to test newly upgraded systems and exercise as part of a maritime task group.

  • 19 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Success, deployed as part of Operation MANITOU, engaged in a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with Royal Navy’s vessel in the Middle East Region. This was Success’ third replenishment evolution and it lasted for approximately one hour. Success transferred almost 150 cubic metres of fuel to HMS Kent. Commanding Officer of the Duke Class, Type […]

  • 28 April 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat and Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Ottawa and Winnipeg recently completed a series of underway exercises in the waters of South East Asia. The exercises, conducted in international waters from 19-21 April, included close quarters manoeuvring, practicing replenishment at sea activities and conducting anti submarine warfare training utilising helicopters from […]