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MATV Sycamore Completes Sea Trials

MARITIME & ANTISUB

20 APRIL 2017

By: Amelia McMahon

Dutch defence and shipbuilding company Damen Shipyards Group has announced the successful completion of sea trials of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) new Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV) MV Sycamore.

Following on from the final vessel handover, Damen said MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the RAN.
In addition to the more […]

Minister Visits New HATS Facility at HMAS Albatross

March 2017. The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, recently visited HMAS Albatross to receive briefings on the $157 million development of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), and improvements to 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross.

As part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System HATS will provide streamlined initial pilot training […]

Changes to QLD Division Committee

The immediate past President of QLD Division, Barry Lister, has advised that Division held its 2017 AGM on 27 March and the following positions were voted in:

President: Ray Murrell.
Vice president: John Stewart. 
Secretary: Trevor Tite.
Treasurer: Des Kelly.
Committee: Alan Arnell, Gary Reid, Cam Barnes

The National Executive extends its congratulations to all elected members. 

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Remembering the Voyager Disaster: COMFAA Podcast

CHRIS FIRTH from Radio 2ST remembers the Voyager disaster 53 years on.

In two fascinating podcasts you can listen to survivor Mr John Hannay on what he remembered of that tragic night, and to the Commander Fleet Air Arm CDRE Chris Smallhorn addressing a group of survivors at the Voyager Survivors Association dinner in Club Jervis Bay on 11 February 2017. His subject was ‘We Are […]

CAPT Dowsing Promoted

We are pleased to advise that Captain Brett Dowsing RANR, a member of the WA Division of the Fleet Air Arm Association, has just been promoted to the substantive rank of Commodore effective from mid May 2017. 

His position on appointment will be as Senior Officer Western Australia, a non-operational position for representation and liaison between State Government, Industry, Academia, Service and ADF/Defence […]

Training the Aviation Trainers

Training the aviation trainers
Published on 23 February 2017 LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author) in Navy Daily

Location(s): HMAS Albatross

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, MRH-90 Taipan, MH-60R Seahawk, Squadrons, CH-47F Chinook

Trainee instructors at the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (L-R) Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock, Major Anton Leshinskas, Captain Anthony Erwin, Major David Oddy, Captain Adrian Ludman and Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson.

The Royal Australian Navy and Army Joint Helicopter School at HMAS […]

A MESSAGE FROM COMFAA (FEB 17)

I trust this finds the FAA Association members well. I will take this opportunity to congratulate RADM Mark Campbell on his taking up the Presidency of our Association and offer my deepest appreciation to the tireless work by CDRE Geoff Ledger for his time at the controls; few have shown more dedication to their Fleet Air Arm and we are […]

New Albatross Commanding Officer

Captain Fiona Sneath becomes first female commanding officer of HMAS Albatross

South Coast Register
Robert Crawford@RobSCRegister

9 Feb 2017, 12:01 p.m.

NEW LOOK COMMAND: HMAS Albatross commanding officer Captain Fiona Sneath (centre) with the air station’s all female command team (from left) first lieutenant Lieutenant Commander Belinda Finlay, executive officer Commander Sue Cunningham, coxswain Chief Petty Officer Charmaine Edwards, area navy legal officer Lieutenant […]

HMAS Sydney Model is Amazing

Article Courtesy of HMAS Sydney & VLSVA (Vic Inc)

Jim Dickson, the patron of the Naval Association, recently visited the home of Mr Max Montague near Melbourne to view his latest work – a model of the Sydney III as it was in Korea, with Sea Furies and Fairey Fireflies embarked.

It took Max 14 months to complete the model.  Not too bad for a […]

ADF Signs Camcopter Contract

From ADM (Australian Defence Magazine) 07 Feb 2017

Camcopter UAS for Navy

Defence has awarded Austrian company Schiebel a contract for the supply of its Camcopter S-100 System and three years of follow-on Contractor Logistics Support.

The Commonwealth released an international Request for Tender (RfT) in late February 2016 for a UAS capability under Navy Minor Project 1942 (Maritime Tactical UAS – Interim Capability).

According to Scheiebel, after […]



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