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Kiwi Chief of Defence Force tests waters

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author)

Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN (left) speaks with members from the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navy on HMNZS Canterbury during Western Pacific Naval Symposium, Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014. (photo: Unknown)

Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN (left) speaks with members from the Royal Australian and New Zealand Navy on HMNZS Canterbury during Western Pacific Naval Symposium, Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.

New Zealand's recently appointed Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, MNZN, took time to visit the Western Pacific Naval Symposium Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 (MCMEX14) as it kicked off in earnest this week.

Searching the depths

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author and photographer)

Petty Officer CSSMW Nathan Caddis and LS CSO Steven Reid members of the Mine warfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST) onboard HMNZS Canterbury study sonar readings to determine safe passage for vessels as part of the New Zealand led Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.  (photo: SBLT Kathrine Mulheron)

Petty Officer CSSMW Nathan Caddis and LS CSO Steven Reid members of the Mine warfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST) onboard HMNZS Canterbury study sonar readings to determine safe passage for vessels as part of the New Zealand led Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014.

Sailors from the Minewarfare Geospatial Deployable Systems Team (MGDST), currently in New Zealand supporting the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise 2014 (MCMEX14), are enjoying the chance to show their skills and learn from others in their specialised field.

HMAS Sydney served up the Silver Platter Award for 2013

Published on by LCDR Jeremy Richardson (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents the annual Silver Platter award for outstanding catering and hospitality to Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Shaun Taylor and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Steward Michael Meurant on behalf of the HMAS Sydney catering and hospitality team. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents the annual Silver Platter award for outstanding catering and hospitality to Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Shaun Taylor and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Steward Michael Meurant on behalf of the HMAS Sydney catering and hospitality team.

Whilst the provision of meals may be seen as a mundane ‘everyday’ occurrence, the importance of providing capability through catering can not be understated and food plays a large part in the morale of a ship and the health of those onboard.

On the record: Armidale Class Patrol Boat fleet

Published on by Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.  (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

File image: An Armidale Class Patrol Boat during transit from Darwin to Sydney.

Today in the Australian newspaper there was an article titled Times up for Navy Asylum Fleet. This article discussed the Armidale Class Patrol Boat Fleet. There were a number of errors in the article.

Watch on, stop on: RAN operations in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC (left foreground) receives a brief on current maritime operations from Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN (middle) and his team from Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain.


 (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger)

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC (left foreground) receives a brief on current maritime operations from Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN (middle) and his team from Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain.

A legacy that many Australians may not be aware of is the Royal Australian Navy presence in the Middle East since Operation DAMASK in September 1990.

Breaking the terrorist business model

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.
  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.

The Royal Australian Navy’s success in stopping illegal narcotic shipments in the Middle East Area of Operations is having a ripple effect across international terrorist organisations.

HMAS Darwin seizes $137 million of cannabis resin after high-speed pursuit in Gulf of Aden

This article has photo gallery Published on by Captain Sean Childs (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.
  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin has seized and destroyed more than three tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of $137 million dollars, found aboard a skiff in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Illegal foreign fishing vessels intercepted

Published on by Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Royal Australian Navy Australian Customs and Border Pr Service (author)

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducts a fisheries boarding of one of the fishing vessels. (photo: )

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducts a fisheries boarding of one of the fishing vessels.

HMA Ships Launceston and Glenelg have played an important role in the apprehension of four foreign fishing vessels operating in Australian waters, approximately 180 nautical miles north west of Darwin. 

Victorious Melbourne returns to Sydney

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Marine Technician, Able Seaman Sumeet Sewak stands at attention during procedure alpha as HMAS Melbourne prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney after returning from Operation SLIPPER. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Marine Technician, Able Seaman Sumeet Sewak stands at attention during procedure alpha as HMAS Melbourne prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney after returning from Operation SLIPPER.

After six months at sea and over a $1 billion dollars in drug apprehensions, HMAS Melbourne returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, today. 

French and Australian naval ships seize large quantity of cannabis resin

Published on by Australian Defence Force (author)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party board a suspicious shu'ai dhow to conduct a search for illegal contraband. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party board a suspicious shu'ai dhow to conduct a search for illegal contraband.

HMAS Darwin has seized and destroyed more than 650 kilograms of cannabis resin during a combined French and Australian counter-narcotics operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.