Section: Operations

Divers Remove Obstruction to Keep HMAS Newcastle on Patrol

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

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle’s Ship’s Dive Team has earned a ‘Bravo Zulu’ from the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF633) while in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), for conducting a complex underwater evolution to remove an obstruction from the Ship’s main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle participates in Counter Terrorism Operation

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a Dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.


 (photo: LSEW Melissa Girling)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a Dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Newcastle is participating in a focused operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea as part of the international campaign against terrorism.

Australian Clearance Divers clean up unexploded ordnance in the Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR David Ince (author), POMTO Chris Weissenborn (photographer)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal. (photo: POMTO Chris Weissenborn)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal.

Between 19 June and 5 July 2013, Australian Clearance Divers from the MCD Group, a part of an International Joint task Group headed up by the New Zealand Navy, were on the ground and in the waters around New Georgia to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

HMAS Newcastle Replenishes at Sea in the Gulf of Aden

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s Ship’s Company has battled through 35-degree heat and 97-percent humidity to complete multiple replenishment operations with the United States Naval Service ship USNS Patuxent in the Gulf of Aden, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Newcastle in search for missing fishermen in the Indian Ocean

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team inspecting the damage onboard the Chung Ying. (photo: LSEW Melissa Girling)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team inspecting the damage onboard the Chung Ying.

HMAS Newcastle has combined with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) warship Mianyang to search for survivors of a damaged fishing trawler in Middle Eastern waters.

Newcastle stops in Dar es Salaam

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Trent Bancroft (author), LSEW Georgina Herdmun (photographer)

Warrant Officer Phil Smit (Ships Warrant Officer)  pays his respects at the World War I and II memorial at Dar es Salaam, Upanga Road, Cemetery. (photo: LSEW Georgina Herdmun)

Warrant Officer Phil Smit (Ships Warrant Officer) pays his respects at the World War I and II memorial at Dar es Salaam, Upanga Road, Cemetery.

HMAS Newcastle visited the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam from 16-20 June 2013 after a busy patrol period in the Somali Basin.

A Day with Somme

Published on by LEUT Suresh Kumar (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jerrad Coomber and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew McKechnie- Cooke heaving in on the hose line with other members of Ship's Company backing them up. (photo: POEW Ben White)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jerrad Coomber and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew McKechnie- Cooke heaving in on the hose line with other members of Ship's Company backing them up.

Since her arrival in May, HMAS Newcastle (CMDR Paul O’Grady, CSM) conducted her third Replenishment at Sea (RAS) evolution in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the French Navy’s FS Somme on 09 Jun 2013.

HMAS Newcastle visits the Seychelles

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

Acting Sub Lieutenant Rachael Jones sorts the mail for the crew of HMAS Newcastle in the Junior Sailors Cafe. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

Acting Sub Lieutenant Rachael Jones sorts the mail for the crew of HMAS Newcastle in the Junior Sailors Cafe.

A port visit to the Seychelles provided a much-needed opportunity for the crew of HMAS Newcastle to re-energise ahead of her next high-tempo counter-terrorism patrol on Operation SLIPPER.

Australian and French warships unite to promote maritime security

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HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme send their boarding teams to intercept a Dhow while on a patrol for CTF 150. (photo: French Navy)

HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme send their boarding teams to intercept a Dhow while on a patrol for CTF 150.

Nearly 100 years after France and Australia fought side by side on the Somme battlefields, HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme areunited in their security efforts in the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO).

HMAS Melbourne trains in readiness for Operation SLIPPER deployment

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Ships Company show the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal team some of the hard work involved with being at sea whilst conducting an Air Warfare Serial with the firing of the 5in Gun in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside  )

Ships Company show the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal team some of the hard work involved with being at sea whilst conducting an Air Warfare Serial with the firing of the 5in Gun in the Eastern Australian Exercise Area.

For the past five weeks HMAS Melbourne has conducted Unit Readiness (UR) level collective training in the East Area Exercise Area including a number of evaluations supervised by Sea Training Group (STG).

Melbourne will commence mission specific training from Monday 24 June, in preparation for their OP SLIPPER deployment.