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Australian resolve turns one

Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author), MSgt Vanessa Kilmer (photographer), Cpl. Nelson Rodriguez (photographer)

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters personnel from the Australian Defence Force gather at their base in the Middle East for a group photo in front of U.S. Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles.  (photo: Cpl. Nelson Rodriguez)

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters personnel from the Australian Defence Force gather at their base in the Middle East for a group photo in front of U.S. Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

A small team of Australian Defence Force personnel are making a big impression at the Coalition headquarters working with the Government of Iraq to defeat Daesh terrorist forces for Operation OKRA.

Remembrance on operations

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

On a calm day in the North Arabian Ocean, the ship’s company of HMAS Melbourne paused at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of November to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Australia.

Kiwis taking on Melbourne

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal New Zealand Navy Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jordon McHugh, Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Sophie Going and Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jack Walter prepare for another day at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal New Zealand Navy Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jordon McHugh, Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Sophie Going and Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jack Walter prepare for another day at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Melbourne has taken on a more Anzac appearance in the Middle East thanks to the inclusion of Kiwi sailors to the ship’s crew.

HMAS Pirie mercy dash

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author)

Stock image: HMAS Pirie conducts manoeuvres during the Australian-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol 2012. (photo: ABIS James Whittle)

Stock image: HMAS Pirie conducts manoeuvres during the Australian-Indonesian Coordinated Patrol 2012.

A rapid response by HMAS Pirie’s crew may have saved the life of a crew member onboard an Australian fishing vessel.

Kempsey sailor deploys to Middle East

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East region. AB Clarke is employed as a weapons specialist aboard HMAS Melbourne and is on her first operational deployment.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East region. AB Clarke is employed as a weapons specialist aboard HMAS Melbourne and is on her first operational deployment.

With a passion for firearms, big or small, it is not surprising to find Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke is a weapons specialist onboard HMAS Melbourne.

Chief of Navy statement regarding recent change.org online petition

Published on by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (author)

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The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has released a statement addressing the change.org online petition in relation to the murder of Kate Malonyay and concerns about Navy's commitment to stand up and speak out about domestic violence issues.

Co-operation commendable for Navy Officer

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Lieutenant Daniel Iwata of 723 Squadron received both a commendation from Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito and the Maritime Self-Defence Force Defence Co-Operation Medal. Only one other recipient had received this medal prior to this. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Daniel Iwata of 723 Squadron received both a commendation from Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito and the Maritime Self-Defence Force Defence Co-Operation Medal. Only one other recipient had received this medal prior to this.

A Royal Australian Navy aviator has been given a special honour by Japan after a recent deployment to the Middle East.
 
Lieutenant Daniel Iwata of 723 Squadron was deployed as Air Operations Officer for Combined Task Force 151, Bahrain, a multinational task force with the mission of disrupting piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Aden.

A Chinese puzzle solved

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Technician Yu Su maintains electrical equipment while deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Technician Yu Su maintains electrical equipment while deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Since leaving his birthplace of China this sailor has excelled in his career with the Royal Australian Navy.

Keeping the Seahawk aloft

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little prepares to test the  S-70B-2 Sea Hawk sensors while 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 Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little prepares to test the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk sensors while aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A quarter of a century into his career, an Australian sailor still gets a high from keeping a multi-million dollar bird aloft.
Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little is a maintenance manager for the S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter onboard HMAS Melbourne.

From seaside to Sea Sparrows

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Warrnambool man's love of the ocean has led to a diverse career in seas far from home. Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is deployed onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is currently part of Operation MANITOU, Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces patrolling waters in the Middle East.