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Mike Field
03-04-2003, 10:44 AM
The son of a mate of mine is in command of HMAS Adelaide, one of our guided missile frigates. Proud Dad sent me some links, which prompted me to post this little gallery of photos from the RAN website (http://www.navy.gov.au/), and particularly from a section they call the Virtual Fleet (http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/home.asp).

There are plenty of virtual tours of various vessels on the latter site, along with video clips of various sorts -- quite interesting, even though none of the vessels is wood (not even the sail training ship.)

Here's a photo of David off duty (?) followed by several photos from the Virtual Fleet.


http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_2.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_28_294.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_28.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_26.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_6.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_9.jpg

Mike Field
03-04-2003, 10:48 AM
And a few more --

http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_3.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_1.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_24.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_21.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_10.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_10_281.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_10_283.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_28_284.jpg


[ 03-04-2003, 10:55 AM: Message edited by: Mike Field ]

Mike Field
03-04-2003, 10:49 AM
And the last lot --

http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_19.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_6_269.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_5.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_18.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_27.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_27_261.jpg
http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/stills/intro_12.jpg http://www.navy.gov.au/vf/still_12_277.jpg

[ 03-04-2003, 10:53 AM: Message edited by: Mike Field ]

03-04-2003, 10:55 AM
That's quite a fleet Mike, I had no idea Oz had two carriers. I don't think the Royal Navy's much bigger than this.

Mike Field
03-04-2003, 11:02 AM
Whoa, Rocky. No carriers at present I'm afraid. That's a random selection of photos from the site, some past, some present, and (probably) some duplicates.

Sorry, I should have made it clearer.

The RAN's order of battle is --

6 guided missile frigates
4 frigates
5 submarines
7 minesweepers
15 patrol boats
2 supply vessels
2 amphibious transport vessels
1 heavy landing ship
6 heavy landing craft
7 lighters
2 diving vessels
2 diving/patrol launches
2 survey ships
4 survey launches
3 torpedo recovery vessels
5 tugs
1 sail training ship
4 flight squadrons (waiting for some more carriers)

[ 03-04-2003, 11:14 AM: Message edited by: Mike Field ]

03-04-2003, 11:10 AM
Oh. I assumed they were all Australian ships... :confused:

Mike Field
03-04-2003, 11:15 AM
Yep, they are. Or were. smile.gif

Wild Wassa
03-05-2003, 02:22 AM
Where I use to go walking in the Budawangs, the 'Kiwi' Skyhawks use to scream up the canyons (they were the ex-Aussie jets in the photos and based at the Nowra Naval station here in Australia), straight over the top of the canopy they would scoot, ... it was amazing. I'd be standing on top of the cliffline, looking down on the jets. That's why I use to walk in the Budawangs.

I didn't see an FA-18/A or B in the Budawangs, which would have been an even bigger buzz. I did see F-111s being chased by Skyhawks once. No contest though.

It's good to see the shots Mike, especially the jets. They bring back a few memories.


ps, We should design a big Sub and use the Collins Class as torpedos, :rolleyes: .

[ 03-05-2003, 03:43 AM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

Wild Wassa
03-05-2003, 03:04 AM
The Kiwis painted the Skyhawks a camo green, I went looking for photos of their new paint jobs, and found this old article, :( .

New Zealand Pilot Killed in Jet Crash in Australia
2001.02.16 15:06:01

CANBERRA, February 16 -- A New Zealand air force pilot was killed Friday when his Skyhawk jet crashed on the south coast of the New South Wales state, southeast Australia, the Australian Defense Force said.

Defense spokesman said authorities had confirmed the pilot died when the plane came down in thickly-wooded area outside the town of Nowra.

There were no others on board.

"We're anticipating a New Zealand investigation team to investigate the accident," the spokesman said.

The team was expected to fly in Friday.

A loud explosion had been heard near the base and eyewitnesses said they saw a jet practicing maneuvers at around tree height when it crashed, sending up a plume of smoke.

New Zealand bases its Skyhawk jets at the Australian navy base in Nowra, where they exercise with Australian warships.


[ 03-05-2003, 03:23 AM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

03-05-2003, 03:23 AM
One of the Brits (ACB?) has just mentioned that the UK is trashing their mini-carriers and Harriers and will be without for 4-5 years until their new big carriers are built. Supposedly they'll take the JDF supersonic VTOL replacement for the Harrier.

ken mcclure
03-05-2003, 09:23 AM
They don't need carriers. We send ours all over the place. :rolleyes:

Wild Wassa
04-01-2003, 02:50 AM

HMAS Jervis Bay.

[ 04-02-2003, 12:33 AM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

04-01-2003, 05:03 AM
Where I use to go walking in the Budawangs, the 'Kiwi' Skyhawks use to scream up the canyons I was up in a glider over Camden once when a Kiwi Skyhawk screamed past on his way to an airshow at Bankstown. Not exactly a nice moment for us in the glider - wondering if we were about to take a 600 kmh prod up the bum - we could hear him but not see him.


04-01-2003, 06:32 AM
Mike I couldn't help but notice that David is surrounded by women. I guess he takes after the old man :D

Great pictures, thanks for the site link. I hope and trust he will do an excellent job.

Hugh Paterson
04-01-2003, 07:36 AM
Lo Meerkat, as I understand it we are not throwing the "mini carriers" in the trash can just yet, indeed one of them has just completed a major refit at Rosyth, and is good for a few more years, and another of them has just started a refit, so doubt the taxpayers would be too happy to find them getting cut up soon ;) If thats the case this ones about to get pissed off. One of them was earmarked for sale to the Oz Navy before the Falklands outing, and we have kept them since.
Once upon a time they called these so called aircraft carriers "through deck cruisers" a very APT name I thought, but the replacements are a bit
bigger, but what noddy in the defence procurement department agreed to let the Bloody French design them, in light of recent developments elsewhere I would be a lot happier if it stayed in house ;)
Nice pics by the the way, I missed out on mixed messing, (no women in my day), no wonder the guys are grinning, target rich enviroment, oh sorry I forgot no touching, damn :confused: