Topic: Counter-piracy

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.

Million miles for Darwin

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Youngest member of HMAS Darin's ship's company, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef John King, and Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, celebrated HMAS Darwin's one million miles steamed by cutting a cake in the Port of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Youngest member of HMAS Darin's ship's company, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef John King, and Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, celebrated HMAS Darwin's one million miles steamed by cutting a cake in the Port of Darwin.

HMAS Darwin celebrated a significant milestone this week, notching up her one millionth nautical mile the same day as she sailed into her namesake city.

Darwin exercises with Chinese Navy off Queensland

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

(Front) HMAS Darwin, PLA-N Yiyang and  PLA-N Jinan transit through waters off the Brisbane coast.  (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

(Front) HMAS Darwin, PLA-N Yiyang and PLA-N Jinan transit through waters off the Brisbane coast.

HMAS Darwin has conducted a passage exercise with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) Escort Task Group 152 off the coast of Queensland.

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.

Melbourne gets timely reminder of piracy dangers

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia.

Fresh from their successful interdiction of suspected Somali pirates in October, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has experienced a sombre reminder of the consequences of piracy when the ship came across the wreckage of the merchant vessel MV Albedo.

New Zealand’s vital link in catching pirates

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter.

In a true display of ANZAC spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.

HMAS Melbourne apprehends alleged pirates

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POA Damian Cox (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.

HMAS Melbourne has apprehended nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia during a maritime security patrol in the region.