Topic: Operations

Divers take the lead in RENDER SAFE 2013

Published on by LCDR Richard Caton (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

File image: (L-R) PO Max Rivu, CPL Joshua Irvine, LS Medic Crosdale, ABCD Jesse McMichael, PO Daniel Koim and SMNCD Brent McGregor with a collection of WWII Japanese 75mm projectiles found in a cave during Operation RENDER SAFE 2011, in Rabaul, PNG. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

File image: (L-R) PO Max Rivu, CPL Joshua Irvine, LS Medic Crosdale, ABCD Jesse McMichael, PO Daniel Koim and SMNCD Brent McGregor with a collection of WWII Japanese 75mm projectiles found in a cave during Operation RENDER SAFE 2011, in Rabaul, PNG.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is on track to begin next month. The mission is a standing Australian Defence Force operation to help remove the explosive remnants of war from the South Pacific.

Duty first for HMAS Melbourne

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Despite the national excitement surrounding the Fleet Entry and the International Fleet Review, it was a case of duty first for HMAS Melbourne and her dedicated ship’s company.

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party off to flying start

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SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.

Band of Brothers pass the baton

Published on by LEUT Robert Perry (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations.

The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS Newcastle there was an added incentive.

All topped-up and ready to go

Published on by LEUT Mathew Adams (author)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.

Containing dangers in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Vines (author), POCD Joshua Drennan (photographer), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container. (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company has combined to remove a dangerous maritime hazard in the Gulf of Oman.

Bathurst on Bathurst

Published on by MIDN Jocelynne Booth Millichamp (author)

The ship's company of HMAS Bathurst, crewed by Aware Three, line the deck of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat for a photo opportunity, before the start of the Bathurst 1000 race. (photo: )

The ship's company of HMAS Bathurst, crewed by Aware Three, line the deck of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat for a photo opportunity, before the start of the Bathurst 1000 race.

The crew of HMAS Bathurst were able to take a break from patrolling the line at Christmas Island for Operation RESOLUTE recently so they could enjoy the Bathurst 1000 race.

Aviators recount Tasman rescue

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Rob Crawford (author)

The crew of Tiger 74, from left to right, LEUT Rhodes, PO McCallum, LCDR O'Toole and LS Woolard pose for a photo. (photo: Mr Robert Crawford)

The crew of Tiger 74, from left to right, LEUT Rhodes, PO McCallum, LCDR O'Toole and LS Woolard pose for a photo.

September 29 2013 began as a routine day for Aircrewman LS Woolard, Pilot LCDR David O’Toole, Aviation Warfare Officer LEUT Phillip Rhodes and Aircrewman Instructor PO Colin McCallum of 816 Squadron, but it soon developed into one of high drama the crew may never forget.

RAN hosts Royal Navy of Oman officers

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LEUT Alec Fieldsend (author), LCDR Ludovic Miller (photographer)

Sub-Lieutenant Al Kharusi and Sub-Lieutenant Al Rasbi from the Royal Omani Navy 'thumbs up' after their first visit to Diego Garcia. (photo: LCDR Ludovic Miller)

Sub-Lieutenant Al Kharusi and Sub-Lieutenant Al Rasbi from the Royal Omani Navy 'thumbs up' after their first visit to Diego Garcia.

Joining HMAS Newcastle for her return voyage to Australia from the Middle East Area of Operations were Royal Navy of Oman Sub-Lieutenants, Zaid Nasser Rashid Al Kharusi and Abdul Rahim Mohammed Khamis Al Rasbi.

ATTACK ONE on target

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author), LSIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

ATTACK ONE personnel from HMAS Albany proceed in rigid hull inflatable boats to a simulated Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel (SIEV) during their Mission Readiness Evaluation by Sea Training Unit - Minor War Vessel. (photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin)

ATTACK ONE personnel from HMAS Albany proceed in rigid hull inflatable boats to a simulated Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel (SIEV) during their Mission Readiness Evaluation by Sea Training Unit - Minor War Vessel.

The Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew ATTACK ONE has been deemed mission ready for Operation RESOLUTE following two weeks of training by Sea Training Unit – Minor War Vessels and a final assessment by the senior assessor Commodore Warfare.