Section: Operations

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Navy photographer trains Afghan colleagues

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC). (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC).

A Royal Australian Navy Imagery Specialist has helped the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces promote the important work of its soldiers.

Naval Police on ops in the north

Published on by AB Matthew Dobrincic (author)

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: )

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory.

Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) are gaining valuable operational experience early in their careers serving as members of the joint-enabled Transit Security Element (TSE).

Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 900 kilos of heroin worth approximately $279 million during two boarding operations that took place 21–23 December 2018 as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat first patrol off to a strong start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security.

HMAS Ballarat has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East.

Deployed Ballarat crew able to video chat with home

Published on by LEUT Kane Stuart (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network.

Ship's Company onboard HMAS Ballarat, deployed on operations to the Middle East, have access to the very best communication with family and friends while they are away.

HMAS Ballarat deploys for nine-month Middle East mission

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Ship's Company of HMAS Ballarat wave to families and well-wishers as the ship departs Fleet Base West to take part in Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Ship's Company of HMAS Ballarat wave to families and well-wishers as the ship departs Fleet Base West to take part in Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat and her Ship’s Company of 190 officers and sailors departed Fleet Base West at Garden Island, Western Australia for maritime security operations in the Middle East on Sunday, 28th October 2018.

Middle East deployment for Navy doctor

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Commander Neil Smith, of Navy Health Services, monitors a mass casualty exercise at the Camp Baird Role 1 Medical Facility while deployed on Operation ACCORDION as the Senior Medical Officer for the Australian Defence Force in the Middle East region. (photo: SGT Mark Doran)

Commander Neil Smith, of Navy Health Services, monitors a mass casualty exercise at the Camp Baird Role 1 Medical Facility while deployed on Operation ACCORDION as the Senior Medical Officer for the Australian Defence Force in the Middle East region.

A Navy Medical Officer has been deployed on his first land-based operation as the Senior ADF Medical Officer in the Middle East Region (MER).

 

Quilts appreciated by team on operations

Published on by LCDR Fiona Eggins (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga shipmates, Lieutenant Thomas Liley (left) and Chaplain Stephen Hutchinson proudly hold their quilts, made by Aussie Hero Quilts, during the ship’s deployment to Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

HMAS Warramunga shipmates, Lieutenant Thomas Liley (left) and Chaplain Stephen Hutchinson proudly hold their quilts, made by Aussie Hero Quilts, during the ship’s deployment to Operation MANITOU.

There are a just a few things that help make a deployment away from family and friends bearable - emails and phone calls home, letters and care packages and quilts and laundry bags made by Aussie Hero Quilts.

 

Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), SGT Mark Doran (photographer)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Mal Wise hands over the Baton of Command to Royal Navy officer, CDRE Steve Moorhouse, during the Combined Task Force 150 transfer of authority ceremony held at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain. (photo: SGT Mark Doran)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Mal Wise hands over the Baton of Command to Royal Navy officer, CDRE Steve Moorhouse, during the Combined Task Force 150 transfer of authority ceremony held at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks.