Published on October 14, 2013 by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)
First lines are passed as HMAS Huon prepares to berth alongside HMAS Waterhen, returning home after four months deployed assisting Operation RESOLUTE in Australia's north.
In September, just in time to participate in the International Fleet Review, HMAS
Huon returned from four months on deployment, including a 12-week stint on Operation RESOLUTE.
File image: (L-R) PO Max Rivu, CPL Joshua Irvine, LS Medic Crosdale, ABCD Jesse McMichael, PO Daniel Koim and SMNCD Brent McGregor with a collection of WWII Japanese 75mm projectiles found in a cave during Operation RENDER SAFE 2011, in Rabaul, PNG.
Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is on track to begin next month. The mission is a standing Australian Defence Force operation to help remove the explosive remnants of war from the South Pacific.
CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.
Despite the national excitement surrounding the Fleet Entry and the International Fleet Review, it was a case of duty first for HMAS
Melbourne and her dedicated ship’s company.
SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.
Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.
(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations.
The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS
Newcastle there was an added incentive.
HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.
Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.
October 02, 2013 by SBLT Mitchell Vines (author), POCD Joshua Drennan (photographer), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)
(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container.
Newcastle’s ship’s company has combined to remove a dangerous maritime hazard in the Gulf of Oman.
The ship's company of HMAS Bathurst, crewed by Aware Three, line the deck of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat for a photo opportunity, before the start of the Bathurst 1000 race.
The crew of HMAS
Bathurst were able to take a break from patrolling the line at Christmas Island for Operation RESOLUTE recently so they could enjoy the Bathurst 1000 race.
The crew of Tiger 74, from left to right, LEUT Rhodes, PO McCallum, LCDR O'Toole and LS Woolard pose for a photo.
September 29 2013 began as a routine day for Aircrewman LS Woolard, Pilot LCDR David O’Toole, Aviation Warfare Officer LEUT Phillip Rhodes and Aircrewman Instructor PO Colin McCallum of 816 Squadron, but it soon developed into one of high drama the crew may never forget.
Published on October 13, 2013 by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LEUT Alec Fieldsend (author), LCDR Ludovic Miller (photographer)
Sub-Lieutenant Al Kharusi and Sub-Lieutenant Al Rasbi from the Royal Omani Navy 'thumbs up' after their first visit to Diego Garcia.
Newcastle for her return voyage to Australia from the Middle East Area of Operations were Royal Navy of Oman Sub-Lieutenants, Zaid Nasser Rashid Al Kharusi and Abdul Rahim Mohammed Khamis Al Rasbi.