Topic: Operations

Warm hugs on operations

Published on by CAPT Fiona Bickerstaff (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), POET Olivia Usback (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.
 (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.

Every deployment has its certainties - the absence from family and friends and long hours seven days a week are guaranteed. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers there is now another certainty for Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment - a quilt or laundry bag from Aussie Hero Quilts.

HMAS Melbourne intercepts 427kg heroin haul

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Seized illegal narcotics are seen on HMAS Melbourne's flight deck prior to disposal. About 427 kilograms of heroin was confiscated from a dhow smuggling the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean. 

 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Seized illegal narcotics are seen on HMAS Melbourne's flight deck prior to disposal. About 427 kilograms of heroin was confiscated from a dhow smuggling the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Melbourne’s crew has seized 427 kilograms of heroin hidden in a fishing dhow carrying the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean.

Huon returns from deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author and photographer), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

HMAS Huon's crew pass lines as she comes alongside HMAS Waterhen after a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

HMAS Huon's crew pass lines as she comes alongside HMAS Waterhen after a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation.

After deploying in July to conduct border protection operations in Australia’s northern waters, HMAS Huon returned home to HMAS Waterhen on 2 October.

Thursday Island sailor keeps Melbourne on task

Published on by LCDR Julian Brett (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell has achieved some significant milestones in her relatively short Navy career.

HMAS Newcastle returns home

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Warwick Douglas stands with his fiancée and children after proposing to his partner on the wharf of Fleet Base East upon his return home from Operation MANITOU aboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Warwick Douglas stands with his fiancée and children after proposing to his partner on the wharf of Fleet Base East upon his return home from Operation MANITOU aboard HMAS Newcastle.

After 180 days deployed, HMAS Newcastle returned triumphantly from the Middle East region to Garden Island, Sydney today.

Transit Security Element 77 completes its mission

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Transit Security Element 77 stand at attention during a medal presentation ceremony held at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Transit Security Element 77 stand at attention during a medal presentation ceremony held at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin.

Defence personnel of Transit Security Element 77 assigned to Operation RESOLUTE have been recognised at Darwin’s Larrakeyah Barracks.

HMAS Melbourne commences operational assignment

Published on by LCDR Julian Brett (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Melbourne Commander Bill Waters CSC, RAN welcomes aboard Combined Commander Task Force 150  Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Commanding Officer HMAS Melbourne Commander Bill Waters CSC, RAN welcomes aboard Combined Commander Task Force 150 Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas SI(M) of the Pakistan Navy.

HMAS Melbourne is hard at work on her first Operation MANITOU patrol of her current deployment with the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean.

HMAS Melbourne aids critically-ill merchant mariner

Published on by MAJ Cameron Jamieson (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Tenille Chapman waits in the seaboat while the Boarding Team embarks. They are heading to provide aid to a critically ill mariner on board the merchant vessel City of Beijing. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Melbourne's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Tenille Chapman waits in the seaboat while the Boarding Team embarks. They are heading to provide aid to a critically ill mariner on board the merchant vessel City of Beijing.

HMAS Melbourne, deployed to Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region, has come to the aid of a critically-ill merchant seaman in the southern Arabian Sea.

Parliamentartian visits HMAS Newcastle on deployment

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU.

A port visit in Oman in early September has proved the perfect conclusion HMAS Newcastle’s fifth and final patrol for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. 

HMAS Newcastle heads home after Middle East success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Newcastle is heading home to Sydney after a highly successful deployment to the Middle East Region, where she seized the second-biggest illegal drug haul in Combined Maritime Forces history.