Topic: Drug interdiction

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.

Melbourne's fourth drug haul

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.

HMAS Melbourne personnel have completed a fourth successful drug seizure after seizing more than 100 kilograms of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Melbourne nets another $64 million of heroin

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Over 216 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD$64 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East Region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne. After being siezed the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Over 216 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD$64 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East Region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne. After being siezed the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.

HMAS Melbourne has struck a third time against the trafficking of narcotics in the Middle East confiscating another 216 kilograms of high-grade heroin worth an estimated $64 million.

HMAS Melbourne seizes more than $44.5 million of heroin

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne inspect 151 kilograms of heroin discovered in a fishing dhow off the east African coast. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne inspect 151 kilograms of heroin discovered in a fishing dhow off the east African coast.

HMAS Melbourne has seized another 151 kilograms of heroin, worth an estimated $AUD44.5 million, from a dhow off the east coast of Africa.

Fighting terror, so hold the honeymoon

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations  Lisa Nevell is working with the Combined Maritime Forces Maritime Operations Support Group based at the Naval Support Activity is Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Lisa Nevell is working with the Combined Maritime Forces Maritime Operations Support Group based at the Naval Support Activity is Manama, Bahrain.

Leading Seaman Lisa Nevell made it to the wedding, but her honeymoon is on hold while she contributes to Australia's fight against terrorism.

Kiwis taking on Melbourne

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal New Zealand Navy Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jordon McHugh, Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Sophie Going and Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jack Walter prepare for another day at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal New Zealand Navy Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jordon McHugh, Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Sophie Going and Leading Seaman Combat Specialist Jack Walter prepare for another day at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Melbourne has taken on a more Anzac appearance in the Middle East thanks to the inclusion of Kiwi sailors to the ship’s crew.