Operation MANITOU Update

02/02/2017
02/02/2017: HMAS Arunta operates as part of the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces, predominately tasked to support Combined Task Force 150 for counter-terrorism and maritime security operations.  HMAS Arunta's S70-B Helicopter (Skeletor) fires decoy flares for exercise while on patrol in the Middle East region.  Arunta is deployed on Operation MANITOU,…

Aussie Patrol Boat Training for Border Security

01/17/2017
01/17/2017: 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,…

Australian Frigate Fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile

12/05/2016
12/05/2016: HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) successfully launched an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) in a test off the east coast of Australia. The missile firing was the first conducted in Automatic Self Defence (ASD) mode from one of three Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigates (FFG). The ESSM is a short…

Australia Sends the HMAS Arunta to Operation Manitou

12/02/2016
12/02/2016: HMAS Arunta and her ship’s company of 191 departed HMAS Stirling naval base at Rockingham, Western Australia for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. This is Arunta’s 3rd deployment to the area and the first time a ship will be deployed for nine months. HMAS Arunta and her ship’s…

Clearing a Solomon Islands World War II Munitions Cache

10/07/2016
10/08/2016: Royal Australian Navy clearance divers hauled in over 3.5 tons of WWII munitions from the ocean in the Solomon Islands in a single morning during Operation Render Safe in September. The Australian Clearance Diving Team One found 82 United States 155mm high explosive projectiles off Guadalcanal just 50 meters from…

Army and Navy Trials Aboard HMAS Adelaide: The Chinook in Focus

09/16/2016
09/16/2016: Australian Army CH-47F Chinook first of class flight trials are being held on HMAS Adelaide to ensure the safe operation of the helicopters onboard Canberra class amphibious ships. Cold weather aspects of the first of class flight trials have been conducted of the east coast of Tasmania, while hot aspects…

HMAS Adelaide for Exercise Hamel 16

07/10/2016
07/10/2016: HMAS Adelaide, the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) second Landing Helicopter Dock, has arrived in Adelaide for the first time in support of the Australian Army's Exercise Hamel 16 (EXH16). Exercise Hamel is crucial for the Army to test and evaluate its capability as a maritime strategy focused and capable organization.…

Exercise Sea Explorer: HMAS Adelaide Gets Ready for Operations

06/11/2016
06/11/2016: HMAS Adelaide participated in Exercise Sea Explorer 2016 (EX SE16) from 25 May – 05 June off the coast of North Queensland as part of the certification process to determine its readiness to conduct amphibious operations. The second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) to be commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy…