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HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the MER

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Tail swaps for Romeo

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region.

A ‘tail swap’ of HMAS Ballarat’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter was conducted at the main operating base in the Middle East region (MER) recently as part of the scheduled ship’s maintenance period.

Navy Cadet enhances leadership skills in STS Young Endeavour

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

Navy Cadet Finn Naylor poses for a photo with her fellow youthies in Newcastle aboard STS Young Endeavour. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Navy Cadet Finn Naylor poses for a photo with her fellow youthies in Newcastle aboard STS Young Endeavour.

Sixteen year old Finn Naylor got a taste for life at sea on an 11 day adventure under sail in the Navy operated tall ship STS Young Endeavour.

Melbourne’s crew dives into action

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Joshua Goener (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Officer Lieutenant Jason Battley surfaces from diving underneath HMAS Melbourne to disentangle a hawser from the propeller during the ship's East Asian Deployment. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy Officer Lieutenant Jason Battley surfaces from diving underneath HMAS Melbourne to disentangle a hawser from the propeller during the ship's East Asian Deployment.

When HMAS Melbourne’s fin became tangled in a large berthing hawser and other debris, Lieutenant Jason Battley leapt into action – literally.

Australian officer awarded US medal for missile defence work

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN presents a US Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Fleet Weapons Engineering Officer, Commander Cadeyrn Okely. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN presents a US Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Fleet Weapons Engineering Officer, Commander Cadeyrn Okely.

A Royal Australian Navy Officer has been awarded the United States Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work in helping to develop defences against anti-ship missiles.

Reflective tone as Westralia's crew commended

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Wreaths commemorate the lost sailors and officers of HMAS Westralia (II). (Archive image). (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Wreaths commemorate the lost sailors and officers of HMAS Westralia (II). (Archive image).

A commemoration was held at HMAS Stirling on Sunday 5 May to remember the four lives that were lost 21 years ago in a fire on board the former supply vessel HMAS Westralia (II).

Decorated Naval aviator and lawyer farewelled

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

L-R: United States Consul General Rachel Cooke; Commodore Brett Dowsing, Senior Officer Western Australia; Commander William Dull of the United States Navy; and Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling; with Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd) and his wife (centre) after he was presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

L-R: United States Consul General Rachel Cooke; Commodore Brett Dowsing, Senior Officer Western Australia; Commander William Dull of the United States Navy; and Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling; with Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd) and his wife (centre) after he was presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.

The Royal Australian Navy aviation and legal communities are mourning the loss of one of their legends, Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd), who passed away recently after a battle with cancer.

HMAS Watson marches into Woollahra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Steve Cropper (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Eastern Suburbs Police Command Superintendent John Duncan halts Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain John Stavridis, ADC, RAN and his Ship’s Company as they conduct a Freedom of Entry march through the streets of Woollahra, Sydney.  (photo: LSIS Thomas Gibson)

Eastern Suburbs Police Command Superintendent John Duncan halts Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain John Stavridis, ADC, RAN and his Ship’s Company as they conduct a Freedom of Entry march through the streets of Woollahra, Sydney.

The Officers and Sailors of HMAS Watson have reaffirmed their bond with the Municipality of Woollahra by exercising their right to Freedom of Entry to the eastern Sydney suburb.

Penguin supports the Balmoral Swim For Cancer

Published on by WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley, presents the HMAS Penguin Shield to a team from Peakhurst Swim Club, after they won the 2019 Penguin Relay at the Balmoral Swim For Cancer event. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley, presents the HMAS Penguin Shield to a team from Peakhurst Swim Club, after they won the 2019 Penguin Relay at the Balmoral Swim For Cancer event.

A beautiful Sunday morning greeted competitors and organisers as they arrived at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach for the annual Balmoral Swim For Cancer.

Navy surveyor attends reopening of Cook garden in north Yorkshire

Published on by Aly Thompson (author), Hambleton District Council (photographer)

Chairman of Great Ayton Parish Council, Ron Kirk, and Commander Neil Cheverton with the Captain Cook Memorial Garden obelisk. (Image supplied by Hambleton District Council). (photo: Hambleton District Council)

Chairman of Great Ayton Parish Council, Ron Kirk, and Commander Neil Cheverton with the Captain Cook Memorial Garden obelisk. (Image supplied by Hambleton District Council).

The Royal Australian Navy’s Assistant Naval Advisor – London has helped the north Yorkshire town of Great Ayton to officially reopen their Captain Cook Memorial Garden.