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Combined training effort confirms teamwork

Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), TSGT Araceli Alarcon (photographer)

Australian Defence Force personnel gather onboard USNS Mercy to start the humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.  (photo: Tech. Sgt. Araceli Alarcon)

Australian Defence Force personnel gather onboard USNS Mercy to start the humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.

Australian and United States personnel involved in PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2015 onboard hospital ship USNS Mercy have exercised their cooperative response to a notional disaster as part of their training for the real thing.

Medical teams on task during exercise

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy members of the Maritime Operational Heath Unit conduct a medevac simulation aboard HMAS Choules during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Royal Australian Navy members of the Maritime Operational Heath Unit conduct a medevac simulation aboard HMAS Choules during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

Medical personnel on the Royal Australian Navy’s landing ship dock HMAS Choules undertook a period of intensive training as Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015 moved into full swing off the coast of the Northern Territory recently.

Sea lane safety a key element of exercise

Published on by FLTLT Patritia Evans (author)

Pictured at Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin Northern Territory, where they worked on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 are (left to right) LCDR Troy Gosswiller, USNCAG (United States Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping; LEUT Robert Webber, MTO (Maritime Trade Operations); LEUT Darren Cooper, MTO; and  Chief Jason Butterfield (USNCAG).  (photo: SGT Christopher Dickson)

Pictured at Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin Northern Territory, where they worked on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 are (left to right) LCDR Troy Gosswiller, USNCAG (United States Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping; LEUT Robert Webber, MTO (Maritime Trade Operations); LEUT Darren Cooper, MTO; and Chief Jason Butterfield (USNCAG).

Lieutenant Robert Webber loves his job as a Reserve Officer in the Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations unit as it enables him to mix reality with fantasy.

Fleet Battle Staff put to the test

Published on by LCDR Julie Fowler (author), US Military Photographer (photographer)

United States Navy Commander, US Third Fleet, Vice Admiral Kenneth Floyd, has welcomed a group of visitors from Down-under as part of the Combined Forces Maritime Command (CFMCC) for Ex Talisman Sabre 2015. (photo: US Military)

United States Navy Commander, US Third Fleet, Vice Admiral Kenneth Floyd, has welcomed a group of visitors from Down-under as part of the Combined Forces Maritime Command (CFMCC) for Ex Talisman Sabre 2015.

As Australian and US Navy warships participating in TALISMAN SABRE 2015 continue high-end maritime operations off the northern and eastern Australian coasts, a team of Australian warfare specialists are also being put through their paces on the other side of the world.

Sailor on a mission in Pacific

Published on by ABIS Chantell Brown (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Able Seaman Medic Mele Buadromo records blood pressure stats on a Bougainville patient while in the adult ward onboard hospital ship USNS Mercy as part of Pacific Partnership 2015. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Able Seaman Medic Mele Buadromo records blood pressure stats on a Bougainville patient while in the adult ward onboard hospital ship USNS Mercy as part of Pacific Partnership 2015.

Darwin's Mele 'Bee' Buadromo, 27, a Fijian-born Royal Australian Navy medic is enjoying giving back to communities in the Pacific on a mission spanning from Fiji to Vietnam.

Australian frigate visits Mauritius

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

HMAS Anzac arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius, the final international port of Northern Trident 2015. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

HMAS Anzac arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius, the final international port of Northern Trident 2015.

HMAS Anzac has arrived in Port Louis, the last foreign port of her NORTHERN TRIDENT deployment.

First aid skills save life in Solomon Islands

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), SGT James Gulliver (photographer)

From left to right, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Alison Zilko, Civilian Mariners Shannon Alves, Fred Beck, Daniel Claycomb and Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Rod Petersen all participated in saving a local man’s life after he had fallen off a boat at Honiara July 10. (photo: Sgt. James Gulliver)

From left to right, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Alison Zilko, Civilian Mariners Shannon Alves, Fred Beck, Daniel Claycomb and Australian Army Lieutenant Colonel Rod Petersen all participated in saving a local man’s life after he had fallen off a boat at Honiara July 10.

The quick reactions of Australian and US personnel have saved the life of a drowning man in the Solomon Islands on 10 July.

Horiz-ing to the challenge

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Andrew Thorpe (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Perth fires her 5 inch gun, in company with warships USS Preble and HMNZS Te Kaha as they conduct an anti-aircraft firing serial against a towed target off the Northern Territory coast during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Perth fires her 5 inch gun, in company with warships USS Preble and HMNZS Te Kaha as they conduct an anti-aircraft firing serial against a towed target off the Northern Territory coast during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.

As Australian soldiers and US Marines landed on the beach at Fog Bay in the Northern Territory, HMAS Arunta and HMAS Perth were on watch, just over the horizon. As part of the Expeditionary Strike Group, the Anzac class frigates were working alongside destroyers and cruisers with aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE.

Food fit for a king

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Colin Longmore (author)

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), hosted a Breakfast aboard Leeuwin for dignitaries from across the globe.  Guests included His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Tonga, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, three members of the Hungarian Royal Family, the President of Fiji and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin. (photo: )

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), hosted a Breakfast aboard Leeuwin for dignitaries from across the globe. Guests included His Royal Highness The Crown Prince of Tonga, Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, three members of the Hungarian Royal Family, the President of Fiji and Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin.

HMAS Leeuwin’s galley was a pressure cooker during their recent visit to Tonga with the chefs and stewards asked to prepare a breakfast fit for a king.

Royal Australian Navy returns to Fiji

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LEUT Chayne Colley (photographer)

Members of HMAS Leeuwin's ship's company and the Republic of Fiji Navy Hydrographic service look at the 1876 fathom chart of Rotuma Island during a survey planning meeting onboard Leeuwin. (photo: LEUT Chayne Colley)

Members of HMAS Leeuwin's ship's company and the Republic of Fiji Navy Hydrographic service look at the 1876 fathom chart of Rotuma Island during a survey planning meeting onboard Leeuwin.

The first Royal Australian Navy ship to visit Fiji since 2006 has completed a six day port visit to Suva.