With a pipe from the Executive Officer it was all over. The ship and its company had passed the final assessment that began with a Mariner Skills Evaluation back in March and culminated in September with a final Force Protection assessment alongside Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, WA.
Fifteen thousand kilometres away from the polling booths at Australian primary schools and the smell of the fundraising sausage sizzles, members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company had their say in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.
“Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.
Without fanfare, HMAS Ballarat departed Fleet Base East early on 5 August 2013 to conduct some additional warfare training before commencing a three month South East Asian and Operation RESOLUTE deployment, following almost a month of intense Unit Readiness Workups.
In July, HMAS Newcastle completed an intensive counter-terrorism focused operation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with the multi-national Combined Task Force 150.
Today, the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne set sail for a six-month operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.
Lollies, home-made biscuits, magazines and photographs of loved ones were just some of the things that made the crew of HMAS Newcastle smile, when the
ship received 460 kilograms of mail in July.
HMAS Newcastle’s specialist Clearance Divers have continued to practice their counter improvised explosive device techniques while at sea in the Middle East Area of Operations.
HMAS Newcastle’s Marine Engineering Department has raised the bar on professional development during the ship's operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations, with some impressive results.
HMAS Newcastle has conducted two Replenishment At Sea operations in two weeks with one of the world’s biggest combat supply vessels in the Middle East Area of Operations.