Navy Responds to LHD Press Reports

Deputy Chief of Navy – On the Record
Published on 25 April 2017 RADM Michael Noonan (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer).  Navy Daily.

HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East

Deputy Chief of Navy has responded to an article in the Daily Telegraph about maintenance and operability of the Canberra class amphibious ships.

The article by Mr Matthew Benns in the Daily Telegraph, “What a ship fight” […]

MATV Sycamore Completes Sea Trials


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. 



‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.’
Laurence Binyon
Note. This page has been compiled using the best available information but it is the responsibility of participants to check details in their local newspapers. 
This […]

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 […]


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 […]