Topic: Operations

Melbourne’s good to go!

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POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment.

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.

Democracy at sea

Published on by LEUT Laura Ball (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections.

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.

Ballarat receives top up from Sirius on transit north

Published on by LCDR Simon Franklin (author), ABEW Andrew Hardrin (photographer)

Sailors man the distance line during HMAS Ballarat’s Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Sirius. (photo: ABEW Andrew Hardrin)

Sailors man the distance line during HMAS Ballarat’s Replenishment at Sea with HMAS Sirius.

“Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.

Ballarat slips quietly away for South East Asian deployment

Published on by LCDR Simon Franklin (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat leaves stern first from Fleet Base East, Sydney, for a three month deployment to South East Asia. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Ballarat leaves stern first from Fleet Base East, Sydney, for a three month deployment to South East Asia.

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.

HMAS Newcastle completes counter-terrorism focused operation

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations.

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.

HMAS Melbourne sails for SLIPPER

Published on by ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne.

Today, the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne set sail for a six-month operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

Mail brings big smiles to Newcastle's crew

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour.

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.

Explosive training on the ocean waves

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle.

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.

Career progression on operations: stokers look to the future

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside (photographer), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle.

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.

Newcastle and Rainier dance again

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside and LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).   (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

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.