Topic: Operations

Warship hospitality calls

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Support Operations Georgia Watson prepares for another watch at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Support Operations Georgia Watson prepares for another watch at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation MANITOU.

A Newcastle local has taken her hospitality career to a new level by working in a venue with a moving floor and an ocean view.

Sweet relief on operational patrols

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman (LS) Communication Information Systems April Sadler is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. LS Sadler's morale is high as she was only married in January, but it is her mother who makes sure Melbourne's crew get a taste of home with the freshly baked cookies she regularly sends from home. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman (LS) Communication Information Systems April Sadler is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. LS Sadler's morale is high as she was only married in January, but it is her mother who makes sure Melbourne's crew get a taste of home with the freshly baked cookies she regularly sends from home.

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems April Sadler is patrolling Middle Eastern waters with a full stomach and smile on her face.

Continuing a family tradition

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir took on a family tradition when she became a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy.

Arabian adventure for Tasmanian

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Burnie local's need for adventure and an engineering education is being fulfilled at sea in the Middle East. Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor is onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling Middle Eastern waters as part of Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.

Remembrance on operations

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Keeping the Seahawk aloft

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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

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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.