Topic: Operation MANITOU

Continuing a family tradition

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir took on a family tradition when she became a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy.

Arabian adventure for Tasmanian

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Burnie local's need for adventure and an engineering education is being fulfilled at sea in the Middle East. Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor is onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling Middle Eastern waters as part of Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.

Remembrance on operations

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HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Melbourne's Chaplain Jon Cox RAN conducts the Remembrance Day service onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is deployed on Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region.

On a calm day in the North Arabian Ocean, the ship’s company of HMAS Melbourne paused at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of November to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Australia.

Kiwis taking on Melbourne

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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.

Kempsey sailor deploys to Middle East

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East region. AB Clarke is employed as a weapons specialist aboard HMAS Melbourne and is on her first operational deployment.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East region. AB Clarke is employed as a weapons specialist aboard HMAS Melbourne and is on her first operational deployment.

With a passion for firearms, big or small, it is not surprising to find Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Makinlee Clarke is a weapons specialist onboard HMAS Melbourne.

Keeping the Seahawk aloft

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little prepares to test the  S-70B-2 Sea Hawk sensors while aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little prepares to test the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk sensors while aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A quarter of a century into his career, an Australian sailor still gets a high from keeping a multi-million dollar bird aloft.
Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Aaron Little is a maintenance manager for the S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter onboard HMAS Melbourne.

From seaside to Sea Sparrows

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Warrnambool man's love of the ocean has led to a diverse career in seas far from home. Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is deployed onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is currently part of Operation MANITOU, Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces patrolling waters in the Middle East.

Warship warrior cuts for charity

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall (centre) forms part of a HMAS Melbourne boarding party as they prepare to board a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall (centre) forms part of a HMAS Melbourne boarding party as they prepare to board a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

When a Queanbeyan local left his hairdressing salon in Canberra to join the Navy he never expected to be doing his old trade on a warship in the middle of the Arabian Sea.

Queensland aviator on patrol

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Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Christopher Starling RAN, of HMAS Melbourne, prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea during Operation Manitou. As an aviation warfare officer aboard HMAS Melbourne, Lieutenant Starling coordinates the sensors and weapons on the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Christopher Starling RAN, of HMAS Melbourne, prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea during Operation Manitou. As an aviation warfare officer aboard HMAS Melbourne, Lieutenant Starling coordinates the sensors and weapons on the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk.

A Sunshine Coast man, Lieutenant Chris Starling, has taken his love of flying to a new level in the Middle East with the Royal Australian Navy.

Eyes like a hawk on operations

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne.  HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

It’s the eyes in the sky that give HMAS Melbourne its long-range advantage in the war against drugs.