Leo Vredenbregt is an essential link in the chain that keeps Australian troops deployed in the Middle East connected with their families back home.
Jerrad Coomber couldn’t be further from the snow that covers his hometown of Jindabyne in winter. In fact, the 27 year old Able Seaman is braving soaring temperatures and oppressive humidity in the Middle East where he is deployed on the Royal Australian Navy Ship HMAS Newcastle.
Saluluelanei ‘Lulu’ Gray from Broadmeadows is performing a vital role for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), keeping track of all the weapons used by Australian troops involved in Operation SLIPPER.
Mount Druitt’s Melissa Girling is the eyes and ears of the Australian warship HMAS Newcastle, which is carrying out operations in the Middle East.
When LCDR Paul O’Hara was selected for an Operation SLIPPER deployment, little did he know he would end up being land-locked in Afghanistan.
HMAS Warramunga sailed from her home port Fleet Base West on 21 May 13 for her final deployment prior to entering the year-long Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade in November this year.
HMAS Newcastle’s S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter has lit up the evening sky in the Middle East Area of Operations, while firing its complement of missile counter-measure flares above the Red Sea.
HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.
HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s Dive Team has earned a ‘Bravo Zulu’ from the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF633) while in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), for conducting a complex underwater evolution to remove an obstruction from the Ship’s main propeller shaft.
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Newcastle is participating in a focused operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea as part of the international campaign against terrorism.