Part of Australia's team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates.
Deployed to the Middle East region, HMAS Arunta recently completed her first underway replenishment in the Gulf of Aden, in company with United States Naval Ship Walter S. Diehl and Pakistani Naval Ship Shamsheer.
HMAS Arunta visited Bahrain for her first port visit after commencing operations in the Middle East honing their skills for future patrols.
Staff from Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 recently joined HMAS Arunta in Muscat, Oman, for a day of briefings prior to Arunta commencing operations in the Middle East region.
Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Mayer has been awarded a Distinguished Service Medal in this year's Australia Day Honours for his remarkable efforts in savings lives during a complex attack on coalition forces in Afghanistan.
For Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, deploying on a warship to the Middle East region to conduct maritime security operations is the stuff dreams are made of.
Not many young Australians can say they’ve busted drug and weapon smugglers, supported earthquake recovery efforts and visited nine countries on three continents.
An Australian-led Maritime Command team has been hailed for their success against the illegal trade of drugs and weapons in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.
Seven long months away from home ended with an ecstatic family reunion for HMAS Melbourne sailor Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler, after returning from Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.
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.