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Orphanage visit in South Sudan

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author and photographer)

Air Force Sergeant Janelle Heise (back left), Air Force Squadron Leader Keith Bateman (middle left), Air Force Squadron Leader Daniel Olsen (front left), Navy Lieutenant Aaron Goedecke (right) and Lt-Col Adam Hogan (far right) with girls at a local orphanage in Juba, South Sudan. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Air Force Sergeant Janelle Heise (back left), Air Force Squadron Leader Keith Bateman (middle left), Air Force Squadron Leader Daniel Olsen (front left), Navy Lieutenant Aaron Goedecke (right) and Lt-Col Adam Hogan (far right) with girls at a local orphanage in Juba, South Sudan.

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Juba in South Sudan, as part of Operation ASLAN have used their spare time when not working with the United Nations to help out and cheer up children at two local orphanages.

Defence people support South Sudan on Operation ASLAN

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author and photographer)

Navy Lieutenant Aaron Goedecke spends time with the children at a local orphanage in Juba, South Sudan. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Lieutenant Aaron Goedecke spends time with the children at a local orphanage in Juba, South Sudan.

Australians from across the three services are working with the United Nations in South Sudan in key headquarters positions, aviation and logistics support roles, as well as acting as military liaison officers (MLO).

South Pacific setting for Change of Command ceremony

Published on by LCDR Dave Knight (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Incoming Commanding Officer (CO) HMAS Parramatta, Commander (CMDR) Andrew Willis, MVO, RAN (left) is handed a telescope to signify the passing of the 'Weight' by outgoing CO HMAS Parramatta, CMDR Simon Cannell, RAN during the handover ceremony in front of the ships company on the flight deck. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Incoming Commanding Officer (CO) HMAS Parramatta, Commander (CMDR) Andrew Willis, MVO, RAN (left) is handed a telescope to signify the passing of the 'Weight' by outgoing CO HMAS Parramatta, CMDR Simon Cannell, RAN during the handover ceremony in front of the ships company on the flight deck.

Friday the 11th of July saw Commander Simon Cannell hand over command of the Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Parramatta to Commander Andrew Willis amongst a South Pacific setting.

HMAS Parramatta departs Honiara

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Stock Image: HMAS Parramatta sails towards New Caledonia during Operation SOLANIA. (photo: Unknown)

Stock Image: HMAS Parramatta sails towards New Caledonia during Operation SOLANIA.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has departed Honiara, Solomon Islands after a three-day visit, to continue a maritime patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA.

CTF150 Commander praises Darwin’s efforts

Published on by Combined Task Force 150 (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Commander Task Force 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, RN addresses members of HMAS Darwin's ships company during a clear lower deck, whilst the ship was alongside in Muscat for a logistics visit. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Task Force 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, RN addresses members of HMAS Darwin's ships company during a clear lower deck, whilst the ship was alongside in Muscat for a logistics visit.

HMAS Darwin’s contribution to operations in the Middle East was formally recognised during a visit to the ship on 2 July by Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force 150.

HMAS Parramatta conducts port visit to Vanuatu

Published on by LEUT Louella Yu (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Parramatta sails towards a tropical sunrise as she prepares to berth at Port Vila, Vanuatu, during Operation Solania. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Parramatta sails towards a tropical sunrise as she prepares to berth at Port Vila, Vanuatu, during Operation Solania.

HMAS Parramatta recently conducted a port visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu in support of Operation SOLANIA, which aims to assist South Pacific Islands in protecting their own fisheries and natural resources to foster economic development and stability in the South Pacific region.

HMAS Perth returns home to friends and family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

A mother and daughter look on as HMAS Perth pulls into Fleet Base West after a four month deployment. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A mother and daughter look on as HMAS Perth pulls into Fleet Base West after a four month deployment.

Friends and family were on the wharf at Fleet Base West to welcome home HMAS Perth after a four month deployment supporting Operations RESOLUTE and SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.

HMAS Parramatta renews old acquaintances in Noumea

Published on by SBLT Patrick Collins (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

The forecastle party on HMAS Parramatta prepare the ship for berthing in Noumea, New Caledonia during a port visit as part of Operation Solania. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

The forecastle party on HMAS Parramatta prepare the ship for berthing in Noumea, New Caledonia during a port visit as part of Operation Solania.

HMAS Parramatta conducted a port visit to Noumea, New Caledonia as part of Operation SOLANIA which supports the policing of the Economic Exclusion Zones of Pacific Island Countries. Whilst in New Caledonia, Parramatta conducted exercises with French Navy Ship (FNS) Vendémaire, and other units based New Caledonia.

HMAS Darwin strikes again against drug smugglers

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. Hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 one kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. Hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 one kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top.

HMAS Darwin has struck again against drug smugglers, intercepting another vessel in the Arabian Sea and seizing more than 6.2 tonnes of narcotics with an estimated street value of almost $250 million.

A glimpse at Navy’s largest ship’s company

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The Ship's Company of NUSHIP Canberra assemble at Garden Island, Sydney, for a briefing by the Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Sadleir, immediately after the ship arrived alongside Fleet Base East. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

The Ship's Company of NUSHIP Canberra assemble at Garden Island, Sydney, for a briefing by the Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Sadleir, immediately after the ship arrived alongside Fleet Base East.

So what does the Navy's largest ship's company in 30 years look like? The ship's company totals 375 people and can boast many firsts.