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Darwin and Somerset meet up at sea

Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party officers, Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath (right) and Lieutenant Joshua Maher discuss lessons learnt from previous boardings with members of HMS Somerset's boarding party. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party officers, Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath (right) and Lieutenant Joshua Maher discuss lessons learnt from previous boardings with members of HMS Somerset's boarding party.

HMAS Darwin has taken advantage of a cross-deck to exchange ideas with members of the Royal Navy ship HMS Somerset while conducting maritime security patrols in the Arabian Sea.

Thinking outside the box to keep sailors fed and safe at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Sean Noble (author), LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

HMAS Perth's vertrep party begin to store ship on the flight deck after United States Naval Ship (USNS) Cesar Chavez and HMAS Perth conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

HMAS Perth's vertrep party begin to store ship on the flight deck after United States Naval Ship (USNS) Cesar Chavez and HMAS Perth conducted a replenishment at sea (RAS) during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.

Well-fed sailors and well-maintained equipment keep Navy’s ships at sea and the crew of HMAS Perth recently demonstrated how a few creative solutions could guarantee just that, during their recent deployment as part of Operation Southern Indian Ocean.

Vice Admiral Johnston takes over as Chief of Joint Operations

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), Mr Steve Dent (photographer)

The new Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AM speaks to members of  Headquarters Joint Operations Command  during the Transfer of Authority ceremony. (photo: Steve Dent)

The new Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, AM speaks to members of Headquarters Joint Operations Command during the Transfer of Authority ceremony.

There has been a changing of the guard at Headquarters Joint Operations Command with Vice Admiral David Johnston taking on the role of Chief of Joint Operations following the retirement of Lieutenant General Ash Power.

HMAS Darwin strikes another blow against illicit drug trade

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (author)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin has again intercepted a suspected drug smuggling vessel operating in international waters, seizing 786 kilograms of narcotics with an estimated street value of $30 million.

HMAS Darwin nets $132 million of heroin in Indian Ocean

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), LSA Stephen McGreal (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. (photo: LSA Stephen McGreal)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics.

HMAS Darwin has intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. 

Boarding party getting the job done in the Middle East

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), POB Cameron Devenny (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin is working hard conducting maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations.

New search phase as ships return home

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba comes onto station to conduct a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Success while on Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN in search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
 (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

HMAS Toowoomba comes onto station to conduct a Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Success while on Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN in search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

As the search for MH370 enters a new phase, HMAS Toowoomba and MV Seahorse Standard have returned to their home port of Fleet Base West after completing their commitment to Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.

Chief marks fifth anniversary of New Generation Navy

Published on by CAPT Mark Hill (author)

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April marks the fifth anniversary of Navy’s cultural change journey under New Generation Navy (NGN). To mark this milestone, the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has recorded a video and launched a brochure to inform Navy people about what has been achieved since 2009.

Queen’s Medal awarded to Aviation Warfare Officer

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Aviation Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Lauren Ruse from 816 Squadron with an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter on the flight line at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Aviation Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Lauren Ruse from 816 Squadron with an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter on the flight line at HMAS Albatross.

Lieutenant Lauren Ruse was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious Queen’s Medal for her exemplary conduct, level of achievement and performance during S-70B-2 Operational Flying Training last year.

Navy pilot plays key role in Coalition team

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies in front of an AH-64 Apache helicopter at Kandahar Air Field. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies in front of an AH-64 Apache helicopter at Kandahar Air Field.

Inspecting United States attack helicopters in the middle of a dusty airfield in Afghanistan is the last place Navy pilot Natalie Davies thought she would ply her aviation trade.