Topic: Drug interdiction

Weapons Engineer kicks career goals on deployment

Published on by LEUT Shannelle McKellar (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Lieutenant Steve Witzand is embarked in HMAS Arunta on his first operational deployment as the Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer.

Arunta posting brings adventure

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, wearing his Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, wearing his Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Arunta.

For Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, deploying on a warship to the Middle East region to conduct maritime security operations is the stuff dreams are made of.

Christmas duty for Adelaide sailor

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin.

Not many young Australians can say they’ve busted drug and weapon smugglers, supported earthquake recovery efforts and visited nine countries on three continents.

Anti-drug operations form bond

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Richard Morris (author and photographer)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth. (photo: LEUT Morris)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean region, under the command of Combined Task Force 150. 

Australian-led Maritime Counter-Terrorism Task Force home from successful deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ B Maddock (author), MC2 Ryan D. McLearnon (photographer)

Commander CMF, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, US Navy (centre) witnesses Royal Navy Commodore Robinson (right) assume command of CTF 150 from Royal Australian Navy Commodore Jaimie Hatcher. (photo: MC2 Ryan D. McLearnon)

Commander CMF, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, US Navy (centre) witnesses Royal Navy Commodore Robinson (right) assume command of CTF 150 from Royal Australian Navy Commodore Jaimie Hatcher.

An Australian-led Maritime Command team has been hailed for their success against the illegal trade of drugs and weapons in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.

Long wait over for friends and family of Melbourne

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler is reunited with his family at HMAS Melbourne's welcome home ceremony.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler is reunited with his family at HMAS Melbourne's welcome home ceremony.

Seven long months away from home ended with an ecstatic family reunion for HMAS Melbourne sailor Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler, after returning from Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

Melbourne returns from Middle East operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney after spending 203 days deployed to the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney after spending 203 days deployed to the Middle East Region.

After five successful narcotic seizures in the Middle East and 203 days away from home, Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Melbourne was welcomed back to her homeport of Sydney today.

Australian command handover in the Middle East

Published on by By Dept of Defence MR (author), Major Cameron Jamieson (photographer)

The departing Commander of Joint Task Force 633, Rear Admiral Trevor Jones (left), shares a lighter moment during a Transition of Authority ceremony at Camp Baird in the Middle East with Warrant Officer Gary Wight (centre), the Task Force's Command Warrant Officer, and incoming commander Air Vice Marshal Tim Innes. The parade marked the handover of command of Australian Forces in the Middle East region.  (photo: Major Cameron Jamieson)

The departing Commander of Joint Task Force 633, Rear Admiral Trevor Jones (left), shares a lighter moment during a Transition of Authority ceremony at Camp Baird in the Middle East with Warrant Officer Gary Wight (centre), the Task Force's Command Warrant Officer, and incoming commander Air Vice Marshal Tim Innes. The parade marked the handover of command of Australian Forces in the Middle East region.

The Royal Australian Navy's Rear Admiral Trevor Jones handed over command of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East to Air Vice Marshal Tim Innes last week.

From Tasmania to the Middle East

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Communications Information Systems Kelsie Wright, from Tasmania, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. AB Wright is a computer network manager. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Communications Information Systems Kelsie Wright, from Tasmania, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. AB Wright is a computer network manager.

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Kelsie Wright, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. The 22-year-old Launceston woman is contributing to Australia's commitment to combat terrorists in the Middle East.

Australian Navy keeps the helm

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (photographer), CPL Mark Doran (author)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australian leadership in a key Middle East role has been passed between two Royal Australian Navy officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.