Topic: Operations

Launceston deploys north

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Rob Guest (author), WO2 Chris Houghton (photographer)

HMAS Launceston leads the way of HMAS Pirie as they sail out of Darwin Harbour with members of the United States Marine Corps - Rotational Force embarked to experience a day at sea on an Armidale-class Patrol Boat. (photo: WO2 Chris Houghton)

HMAS Launceston leads the way of HMAS Pirie as they sail out of Darwin Harbour with members of the United States Marine Corps - Rotational Force embarked to experience a day at sea on an Armidale-class Patrol Boat.

Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Launceston has tested trainees and strengthened regional relationships in a recent deployment to south-east Asia.

Deployed maintenance for more time on task

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region.

Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East.

AK-47s seized by HMAS Darwin presented to Memorial

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

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial. (photo: Fiona Silsby)

Commander Phillip Henry, RAN, Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin and LEUT James Hodgkinson (left), Boarding Officer HMAS Darwain hand over weapons seized by HMAS Darwin on Op MANITOU to Nick Fletcher at the Australian War Memorial.

Two AK-47s seized by the Royal Australian Navy during Operation MANITOU were presented to the Australian War Memorial to maintain the historic record of Defence’s contributions in the Middle East.

HMAS Arunta small weapons go technical

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta.

Navy’s deployed ship in the Middle East, HMAS Arunta, has had its small arms weapons inspected, serviced and certified during a recent port visit.

Heavy lift for HMAS Choules

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

An Australian Army 35th Water Transport Squadron LCM8 landing craft enters the well dock of amphibious ship HMAS Choules off the coast of Yeppoon in Central Queensland.

The Australian Defence Force's amphibious capability was on point in the recent response to Cyclone Debbie, with HMAS Choules delivering one of her largest loads of supplies to affected communities last week.

Skeletor retires after sterling service

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East.

Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter 'Skeletor' has flown its last operational flight after a career logging 6,200 airframe hours and spanning more than 28 years of service.

Post cyclone support close to home

Published on by Mr Richard Mihaich (author)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ian Hines with family members who are local residents of Hide Away Beach. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ian Hines with family members who are local residents of Hide Away Beach.

For Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Simon Smith, the welcome Australian Defence personnel received from communities in the wake of Cyclone Debbie was what made the job worthwhile.

Loaded with zeal

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Phoebe Evans keeps a look out on the bridge of amphibious support ship HMAS Choules during the ship's transit to cyclone ravaged North Queensland. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Phoebe Evans keeps a look out on the bridge of amphibious support ship HMAS Choules during the ship's transit to cyclone ravaged North Queensland.

HMAS Choules has lived up to her motto, 'facing difficulty with zeal', loading more than 100 troops, 50 vehicles and 46 pallets of humanitarian and disaster relief stores before getting underway for cyclone ravaged North Queensland.

Operational officer of the watch in Arunta

This article has photo gallery Published on by Corporal Sebastian Beurich (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Lieutenant Patrick Velu observing Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) operating with HMAS Arunta during a recent PASSEX off the coast of Goa, India. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lieutenant Patrick Velu observing Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) operating with HMAS Arunta during a recent PASSEX off the coast of Goa, India.

Lieutenant Patrick Velu is relishing being part of Navy’s team in the Middle East – putting training into action as an officer-of-the-watch in HMAS Arunta.

Middle East operations reinforce service ethos

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Toby Pink is seen in the Quarter Deck of HMAS Arunta. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Toby Pink is seen in the Quarter Deck of HMAS Arunta.

Townsville’s Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Toby Pink has spent Anzac Day on operations this year as a member of HMAS Arunta’s ship’s company during her maritime security deployment to the Middle East.