Topic: Operations

Melbourne in the Middle

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), WO Jeannie Roberts (photographer)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE. (photo: WO Jeannie Roberts)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Navy prepares to make safe historic Tulagi Island battle sites

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

HMAS Labuan, operating within an Australian led multi-national Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 13, has spent the past week working with local communities on Tulagi Island to identify the unexploded ordnance that is a legacy of Tulagi’s World War II role as a Japanese naval refuelling, communications, and seaplane reconnaissance base.

Operation RENDER SAFE Task Force welcomed to Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Members of an Australian led multi-nation task force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country this week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.

RENDER SAFE 2013 - clearance operations commence

Published on by WOCSMMW Darren Chapman (author), CAPT John Leathley (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and  made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: CAPT John Leathley)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Less than 24 hours after the establishment of the headquarters for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 in Solomon Islands, elements of the JTF 663 Advanced Party partnered with elements of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to locate and make safe explosive remnants of war near Honiara International Airport.

RENDER SAFE arrives in Honiara

Published on by LCDR Richard Caton (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands.

A tri-Service advance party for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 arrived in Honiara via a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules late in the evening of 28 October.

High seas rendezvous

Published on by LCDR Simon Franklin (author), LSEW Andrew Harding (photographer)

POCSS David Kennedy and ABMT Ross Kennedy together onboard Ballarat. (photo: LSEW Andrew Harding)

POCSS David Kennedy and ABMT Ross Kennedy together onboard Ballarat.

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor David Kennedy and his son Able Seaman Marine Technician Ross Kennedy had an unexpected reunion onboard HMAS Ballarat recently, during a transfer of personnel while on Operation RESOLUTE.

Home again: Newcastle returns from SLIPPER

Published on by LEUT David Osborne (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Family and friends gather at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome home their loved ones embarked on HMAS Newcastle, following a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Family and friends gather at Garden Island, Sydney to welcome home their loved ones embarked on HMAS Newcastle, following a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

The crew of the Adelaide class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Newcastle has returned home to Sydney today, after a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations. Hundreds of loved ones were waiting for them on the wharf at Fleet Base East, Garden Island. 

HMAS Albany assists stricken yacht

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), CPOMT Duncan Thomas (photographer)

HMAS Albany rendezvous with Police Patrol Vessel Beagle Gulf to hand over the disabled sailing vessel Su Ying for further towing to Darwin. (photo: CPOMT Duncan Thomas)

HMAS Albany rendezvous with Police Patrol Vessel Beagle Gulf to hand over the disabled sailing vessel Su Ying for further towing to Darwin.

Three Australian occupants of a disabled sailing vessel, 105 nautical miles north west of Darwin are back on terra firma this week thanks to assistance by Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Albany.

Navy EOD mission ready for Op SLIPPER

Published on by USN and CPOCD Michael Barnes LTJG John Burkhart (author), CMDR Doug Griffiths (photographer)

LEUT Wall and ABCD Wheeldon. (photo: CMDR Doug Griffiths)

LEUT Wall and ABCD Wheeldon.

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers from Team Four were recently put through their paces during a complex Mission Readiness Evaluation (MRE), to prepare them for operational deployment.

HMAS Melbourne apprehends alleged pirates

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POA Damian Cox (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.

HMAS Melbourne has apprehended nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia during a maritime security patrol in the region.