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ADF brings relief to Vanuatu over Easter

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Australian Army soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment sailing back to HMAS Tobruk after dropping much needed supplies ashore to the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Australian Army soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment sailing back to HMAS Tobruk after dropping much needed supplies ashore to the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Humanitarian assistance will continue to flow into the most heavily affected areas of Vanuatu over the Easter period.

HMAS Newcastle deploys to Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Jovanne Damiao, with Lizbeth and daughter Izabella, before departing on HMAS Newcastle, for the Middle Eastern region. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Jovanne Damiao, with Lizbeth and daughter Izabella, before departing on HMAS Newcastle, for the Middle Eastern region.

HMAS Newcastle was farewelled from Garden Island, Sydney on 1 April, setting course for the Middle East Region where she will spend six months deployed as part of Operation MANITOU.

Patrol Boats across the Pacific converge to help Vanuatu

Published on by CAPT Jesse Platz (author), CAPT Jesse Platz (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tapueluelu stands on the deck of the Tongan Patrol Boat Voea Neiafu in Mala Wharf, Port Vila, Vanuatu.   (photo: CAPT Jessie Platz)

Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tapueluelu stands on the deck of the Tongan Patrol Boat Voea Neiafu in Mala Wharf, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The international response to the crisis in Vanuatu has been nothing short of exemplary, with immediate contributions from countries like Australia, New Zealand, France, USA, UAE and South Korea.

The power and the passion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (author)

High Voltage Manager, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Alf Beinke, with the propulsion transformers onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

High Voltage Manager, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Alf Beinke, with the propulsion transformers onboard HMAS Choules.

It was 1986 when young a Aaron Beinke first thought of joining the Navy; he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Technician and has never looked back.  

Anzac Day on duty

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

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As we pause to commemorate Anzac Day - let's not forget the Australian Defence Force members on duty around the globe.

Young Endeavour crosses the Atlantic Ocean

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Jennifer Reilly (author)

Lieutenant Commander Dion Curtis with the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour World Voyage Passage Two Youth Crew in Tenerife, Canary Islands (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Dion Curtis with the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour World Voyage Passage Two Youth Crew in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Navy's sail training ship STS Young Endeavour has crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in more than twenty years, arriving in Europe to participate in the Centenary of Anzac Commemorations and the International Tall Ship Races. 

723 Squadron member helps put smiles on faces of kids from Camp Quality

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

Camp Quality children cheer as a Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron sits in the background from HMAS Albatroos after the kids had opportunity to meet the crew and inspect the helicopter. (photo: Unknown)

Camp Quality children cheer as a Bell 429 helicopter from 723 Squadron sits in the background from HMAS Albatroos after the kids had opportunity to meet the crew and inspect the helicopter.

723 Squadron’s Able Seaman Jye Alexander says the simple act of putting his hand up to volunteer to show a group of children around a Navy helicopter was a life-changing one. 

Celebrating Australian service from Gallipoli to MANITOU

Published on by CHAP Colin Tett (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Lieutenant Catherine Trew plots a course on the bridge of HMAS Success, while sailing through the Mediterranean en-route to centenary of ANZAC commemorations in Athens, Greece. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Lieutenant Catherine Trew plots a course on the bridge of HMAS Success, while sailing through the Mediterranean en-route to centenary of ANZAC commemorations in Athens, Greece.

For Lieutenant Catherine Trew, a Maritime Warfare Officer in HMAS Success, Anzac Day has been a family affair her entire life. 

A family tradition on Tobruk

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Medic Bonnieville Dromgool is seen inside the sickbay onboard HMAS Tobruk during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Able Seaman Medic Bonnieville Dromgool is seen inside the sickbay onboard HMAS Tobruk during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

An Able Seaman aboard HMAS Tobruk who took part in Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015 was the second member of her family to deploy on a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief task in the ship.

A service history continues in Success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Churcher (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Mark Butler on tactical headset while sailing towards the Mediterranean to take part in Anzac Day commemorations in Greece. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Mark Butler on tactical headset while sailing towards the Mediterranean to take part in Anzac Day commemorations in Greece.

Mark Butler has led a rich and varied life since leaving Kingston High School in Blackmans Bay, Tasmania; but through it all, the Royal Australian Navy was always in the back of his mind as a potential career path.