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Eyes like a hawk on operations

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne.  HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

It’s the eyes in the sky that give HMAS Melbourne its long-range advantage in the war against drugs.

From the outback to the high seas

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway maintains a .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway maintains a .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

North Queenslander Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway is helping stop the illegal drug trade in the Arabian Sea.

Robust mentoring in Submarine Force

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Lee Webster talks to Submarine Force personnel about the Project Innovation mentoring program at Submarine Training Systems Centre, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Chief Petty Officer Lee Webster talks to Submarine Force personnel about the Project Innovation mentoring program at Submarine Training Systems Centre, Western Australia.

A submariner Lieutenant and Chief Petty Officer are at the centre of a mentoring program to help develop the future of the silent service.

World adventures for Electronics Technician

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Suzie Peterson is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Suzie Peterson is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

A Novacastrian's desire for big challenges and a little discipline have resulted in an international career with the Royal Australian Navy.

From Tooraweenah to Kabul

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), CPL Oliver Carter (photographer)

Lieutenant April Betts is deployed as Staff Officer to the Commander, Task Group Afghanistan based at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. (photo: CPL Oliver Carter)

Lieutenant April Betts is deployed as Staff Officer to the Commander, Task Group Afghanistan based at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Sandwiched in the middle of her four sisters from the tiny New South Wales community of Tooraweenah, Lieutenant April Betts likes to joke about having middle-child syndrome.

Administering emergency responses in Melbourne

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Logistics- Personnel Rhiannon McWilliam communicates with the damage control centre during an emergency exercise on HMAS Melbourne. which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Able Seaman Marine Logistics- Personnel Rhiannon McWilliam communicates with the damage control centre during an emergency exercise on HMAS Melbourne. which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Life as a sailor may not be as glamorous as it is sometimes depicted in the movies, but on the other hand it sure isn’t mundane.

A passion for personnel

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Shona Compton is currently serving in HMAS Arunta as one of the administration staff as well as being a member of the Ship's Medical Emergency Team. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Shona Compton is currently serving in HMAS Arunta as one of the administration staff as well as being a member of the Ship's Medical Emergency Team.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Shona Compton loves people deploying overseas and experiencing new cultures.

Commander cha-chas for community support

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

The Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, participates in the 'Dancing With Celebrities' Gala Event in Darwin, with his dance partner, Nicole. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

The Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, participates in the 'Dancing With Celebrities' Gala Event in Darwin, with his dance partner, Nicole.

A feature of the social calendar in Darwin is the annual Dancing with Celebrities Gala Ball, and this year the Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, participated in an event that was aimed at raising funds and awareness for Total Recreation.

Travel is all in a day's work for Leading Seaman

Published on by LEUT Nick Manning (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician James Braid is the high power maintainer on board fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician James Braid is the high power maintainer on board fleet replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.

Leading Seaman Marine Technician James Braid says he joined the Navy to see the world.

Sydney's crew should feel justifiably proud

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

HMAS Sydney (IV) passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it is moved from Glebe Island, to Fleet Base East. (photo: ABMT Adam Porter)

HMAS Sydney (IV) passes under the Sydney Harbour Bridge as it is moved from Glebe Island, to Fleet Base East.

HMAS Sydney's 32 years of service to the Royal Australian Navy is coming to an end and many of her former crew are looking back on their time on board the vessel which has such a proud history, before they say goodbye at the ship’s decommissioning on the weekend.