Topic: Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

From Terrigal to Tobruk for Ben

Published on by LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Read working inside the main machinery space of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Read working inside the main machinery space of HMAS Tobruk.

For Terrigal native Ben Read, the past five years in the Royal Australian Navy have provided training, travel and direction.

Strong partnerships help improve conditions in Island nations

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background.

Australian Defence Force personnel are playing a vital role as key contributors to PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, a United States-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission to help improve the lives of people in the Pacific Region.

HMAS Tobruk arrives in Wewak

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

VIPs at the opening ceremony for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (L-R) CMDR Leif Maxfield, CMDR Stewart Dunne, Air Commodore Ken Quinn, Colonel Walter Enuma, the Honourable Dr Sharman Stone MP, CAPT Bruce Greig, CMDR Bill Haggerson and Colonel Dick Parker. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

VIPs at the opening ceremony for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (L-R) CMDR Leif Maxfield, CMDR Stewart Dunne, Air Commodore Ken Quinn, Colonel Walter Enuma, the Honourable Dr Sharman Stone MP, CAPT Bruce Greig, CMDR Bill Haggerson and Colonel Dick Parker.

HMAS Tobruk has arrived in Wewak in the East Sepik province of Papua New Guinea. Over 100 embarked personnel travelling with HMAS Tobruk are bringing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance to the township.

Unusual creature drops in for check up

Published on by LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Able Seaman Taylor Burgess, Seaman Kasey Senior and Able Seaman Jordan Shephard get close to Mangitungs the cus cus at the community health fair.

The veterinary team deployed for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013 has treated a most unusual patient.

Far from the farm stock and pets they were expecting, the team were presented with a native cus cus, a striking orange bush possum.

Named Mangitungs, the cus cus was brought in to a full day community health fair in Wewak, Papua New Guinea, by his owner Erica.

Tobruk sailing with new CO

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Departing Commanding Officer of HMAS Tobruk, Commander Tim Watson (left) hands over the ship's engine keys and the responsibility of command to Commander Leif Maxfield.

Commander Leif Maxfield has assumed command of HMAS Tobruk, relieving Commander Tim Watson while the ship stopped over in Townsville on 7 June 2013.

Tobruk loads up and sets sail

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Members of Port Services Garden Island, Sydney, retrieve the final berthing line from HMAS Tobruk as she departs for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013.

HMAS Tobruk has set sail for a seven week deployment to Papua New Guinea.

Ulverstone’s Taylor loving sea life

Published on by LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Taylor Burgess in the server room of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Taylor Burgess in the server room of HMAS Tobruk.

Far from her hometown of Ulverstone, Taylor Burgess is on the high seas as part of an international aid mission.

Taylor is serving as an Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems sailor on board HMAS Tobruk (II).

Hearty work from Tobruk’s chefs

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Cameron Moore serves meals from inside the main galley in HMAS Tobruk (II). (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Cameron Moore serves meals from inside the main galley in HMAS Tobruk (II).

Feeding a ship’s company is no small task, but for the chefs of HMAS Tobruk (II) the job has become a lot bigger.