Section: Operations

US award for Navy medic

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White receives the American Joint Service Achievement Medal. The medal was awarded to her by the Command Surgeon, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Devin McFadden, at a ceremony in the Role 2 Hospital in Kabul, while she was deployed on Operation HIGHROAD. (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White receives the American Joint Service Achievement Medal. The medal was awarded to her by the Command Surgeon, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Devin McFadden, at a ceremony in the Role 2 Hospital in Kabul, while she was deployed on Operation HIGHROAD.

It has been a relentless six months in Afghanistan for Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White, but her efforts while deployed have earned her the admiration of her Coalition peers and an American Joint Service Achievement Medal from US Special Forces.

RAN seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea.

Ballarat Boarding Officer confident of a successful deployment

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU.

Boardings at sea are key to Australian warships achieving counter-piracy, counter terrorism and counter-narcotics missions.

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Navy photographer trains Afghan colleagues

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC). (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC).

A Royal Australian Navy Imagery Specialist has helped the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces promote the important work of its soldiers.

Naval Police on ops in the north

Published on by AB Matthew Dobrincic (author)

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: )

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory.

Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) are gaining valuable operational experience early in their careers serving as members of the joint-enabled Transit Security Element (TSE).

Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 900 kilos of heroin worth approximately $279 million during two boarding operations that took place 21–23 December 2018 as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat first patrol off to a strong start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security.

HMAS Ballarat has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East.

Deployed Ballarat crew able to video chat with home

Published on by LEUT Kane Stuart (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network.

Ship's Company onboard HMAS Ballarat, deployed on operations to the Middle East, have access to the very best communication with family and friends while they are away.

HMAS Ballarat deploys for nine-month Middle East mission

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Ship's Company of HMAS Ballarat wave to families and well-wishers as the ship departs Fleet Base West to take part in Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Ship's Company of HMAS Ballarat wave to families and well-wishers as the ship departs Fleet Base West to take part in Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat and her Ship’s Company of 190 officers and sailors departed Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia for maritime security operations in the Middle East on Sunday, 28th October 2018.