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Second air warfare destroyer enters sea trials

The Australian Defence Force’s second Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), NUSHIP Brisbane, has begun its first phase of sea trials, which will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems. The initial trial phase, which will occur over the coming months, will be followed by a more advanced phase of sea trials next year to test the ship’s combat and communications systems.

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Naval History E05: Oberon’s final years

Australian Naval History Video and Podcast Series Episode 5 of the very popular Australian Naval History Video and Podcast Series was released this week. It discussed the final years of service by the RAN Oberon Class submarines including their move to Fleet Base East.

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New sub: prop or pump-jet?

A press briefing on the Australian future submarine (FSM) program by Jean-Michel Billig, the Australian program director for Naval Group (formerly DCNS), at the PACIFIC 2017 international maritime expo a few weeks ago set some hares running. Among other things, he said that ‘The vessels may end up with conventional propellers as well as air independent propulsion, which helps to increase underwater endurance’. That was significant because DCNS made a big deal of offering Australia pump-jet propulsion during the competitive evaluation process for the FSM. We were told that ‘The Shortfin Barracuda uses a pump-jet propulsor that combines a rotor and stator within a duct to significantly reduce the level of radiated noise [compared with propellers] and avoids cavitation’. And DCNS Australia’s CEO really played up the significance of the technology: There’s no better example of [the benefits of a strategic Australia–France relationship] than the offer from France to transfer…

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Australia in multilateral maritime interdiction exercise

Australia in multilateral maritime interdiction exercise

From 6–7 November 2017, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigates, HMA Ships Parramatta and Melbourne, joined Republic of Korea (ROK) destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju, ROK. The exercise included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark.

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Recolllections of Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson

Recolllections of Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson

The Life on the Line series has released this week a two-part interview with Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson AO DSC. You can listen here through Apple Podcasts: Andrew Robertson Vol I: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/life-on-the-line/id1271200777?mt=2&i=1000394467728 Andrew Robertson Vol II: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/life-on-the-line/id1271200777?mt=2&i=1000394519406 Or on the Life on the Line website: Andrew Robertson Vol I: https://www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com/podcast/2017/8/25/11-andrew-robertson-vol-i Andrew Robertson Vol II: https://www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com/podcast/2017/8/25/11-andrew-robertson-vol-i i

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Naval history E04: Oberon upgrade

Naval history E04: Oberon upgrade

Episode 4 of the Australian Naval History Video and Podcast Series was released this week. It discussed the very successful Submarine Weapons Upgrade Program completed on the RAN Oberon Class submarines.

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Boost for maritime trade ops

Boost for maritime trade ops


Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations capability has been provided a remarkable ‘fact-finding’ opportunity to augment planning processes that will protect Australian seaborne trade and the nation’s economic prosperity. Commander Fiona Ewington RANR, was recently selected as one of 109 Australians heralded as the 2017 Churchill Fellows, and will travel overseas to examine how Australia’s allied partners go about their business protecting trade interests and upholding the safety of seaborne trade.

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The US Navy releases report on the two fatal collisions

The US Navy releases report on the two fatal collisions

The US Navy released the report of the Fleet Comprehensive Review conducted by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Phil Davidson. The fatal collisions between USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Motor Vessel ACX Crystal and between USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and Motor Vessel Alnic MC, along with other similar incidents over the past year led to a comprehensive review of the incidents and any systemic causes.

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