Section: Operations

Desert visitor: Newcastle identifies stowaway

Published on by LEUT Kate Moncrief (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

 (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

Personnel onboard HMAS Newcastle were surprised to find an unexpected sea rider onboard after their recent port visit to Aqaba, Jordan.

Jordan makes for new friends and new skills

Published on by LEUT David Osborne and SBLT Matthew Stobo (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.  (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.

The ship's company of HMAS Newcastle has conducted training exercises with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force in Aqaba, Jordan.

HMAS Newcastle completes SOUTHERN LOOK in northern oceans

Published on by LCDR Luke Miller (author), POEW Ben White (photographer), HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK. (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK.

During recent operations with Commander Task Force 151, HMAS Newcastle planned and conducted Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK, an international maritime engagement operation in the Gulf of Aden.

Old friends reunite in the Middle East Area of Operations

Published on by SBLT Rachel Jones (author), LSA Corey Wright (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle and RFA Fort Victoria conducting a Replenishment at Sea evolution in the Middle East. (photo: LS Corey Wright)

HMAS Newcastle and RFA Fort Victoria conducting a Replenishment at Sea evolution in the Middle East.

On 13 August in the Arabian Sea, HMAS Newcastle reaffirmed an old friendship with the British replenishment ship, RFA Fort Victoria.

Melbourne’s good to go!

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POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment.

With a pipe from the Executive Officer it was all over. The ship and its company had passed the final assessment that began with a Mariner Skills Evaluation back in March and culminated in September with a final Force Protection assessment alongside Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Democracy at sea

Published on by LEUT Laura Ball (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections.

Fifteen thousand kilometres away from the polling booths at Australian primary schools and the smell of the fundraising sausage sizzles, members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company had their say in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.

HMAS Choules helps commemorate Manus Provincial Government Day

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march.

Crowds of locals gathered on the shores of Manus Island to watch members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and HMAS Choules march side by side to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Manus Provincial Government Day.

A view from the other side

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Rachel Jones (author), LEUT Suresh Kumar (author), LCDR Ludovic Miller (photographer), POEW Ben White (photographer), ABBM Troy Bennett (photographer)

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria's fueling hose is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a Replenishment at Sea in the Gulf of Aden. (photo: ABBM Troy Bennett)

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria's fueling hose is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a Replenishment at Sea in the Gulf of Aden.

While operating together in the Gulf of Aden, HMAS Newcastle and the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) replenishment ship Fort Victoria, conducted a cross-deck for the day for six lucky sailors.

Friendly footy bolsters bond between Choules and PNGDF

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

LS Morgan Kovo, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and SBLT Samuel Fraser a member of HMAS Choules, during a game of soccer at Tarangau Naval Base. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

LS Morgan Kovo, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and SBLT Samuel Fraser a member of HMAS Choules, during a game of soccer at Tarangau Naval Base.

It’s not everyday you get to see an international sports competition, but members of HMAS Choules are creating their own, matching up against Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) personnel from the Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

British Lions reunite onboard HMAS Newcastle

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations.

A Royal Navy Officer recently ‘hitched a ride’ across the Red Sea onboard HMAS Newcastle, while trying to make his way home to England.