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Watch on, stop on: RAN operations in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC (left foreground) receives a brief on current maritime operations from Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN (middle) and his team from Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain.


 (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger)

Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC (left foreground) receives a brief on current maritime operations from Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN (middle) and his team from Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain.

A legacy that many Australians may not be aware of is the Royal Australian Navy presence in the Middle East since Operation DAMASK in September 1990.

Breaking the terrorist business model

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.
  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.

The Royal Australian Navy’s success in stopping illegal narcotic shipments in the Middle East Area of Operations is having a ripple effect across international terrorist organisations.

HMAS Darwin seizes $137 million of cannabis resin after high-speed pursuit in Gulf of Aden

This article has photo gallery Published on by Captain Sean Childs (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.
  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

One hundred and fifty one x 20kg bags of illegal narcotics seized from a skiff operating in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin has seized and destroyed more than three tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of $137 million dollars, found aboard a skiff in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Illegal foreign fishing vessels intercepted

Published on by Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Royal Australian Navy Australian Customs and Border Pr Service (author)

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducts a fisheries boarding of one of the fishing vessels. (photo: )

Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducts a fisheries boarding of one of the fishing vessels.

HMA Ships Launceston and Glenelg have played an important role in the apprehension of four foreign fishing vessels operating in Australian waters, approximately 180 nautical miles north west of Darwin. 

Victorious Melbourne returns to Sydney

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Marine Technician, Able Seaman Sumeet Sewak stands at attention during procedure alpha as HMAS Melbourne prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney after returning from Operation SLIPPER. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Marine Technician, Able Seaman Sumeet Sewak stands at attention during procedure alpha as HMAS Melbourne prepares to berth alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney after returning from Operation SLIPPER.

After six months at sea and over a $1 billion dollars in drug apprehensions, HMAS Melbourne returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, today. 

French and Australian naval ships seize large quantity of cannabis resin

Published on by Australian Defence Force (author)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party board a suspicious shu'ai dhow to conduct a search for illegal contraband. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party board a suspicious shu'ai dhow to conduct a search for illegal contraband.

HMAS Darwin has seized and destroyed more than 650 kilograms of cannabis resin during a combined French and Australian counter-narcotics operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Darwin rescues 13 off the coast of Pakistan

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HMAS Darwin's Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat, 'Pegasus', rescues 13 Iranian fishermen. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat, 'Pegasus', rescues 13 Iranian fishermen.

The crew of HMAS Darwin has rescued 13 fishermen who were adrift at sea off the coast of Pakistan. 

Fitting reward for distinguished performance

Published on by SBLT Ryan Austin-Eames (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Lynzey Lake receives Commendation from Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin. (photo: SBLT Ryan Austin-Eames)

Leading Seaman Lynzey Lake receives Commendation from Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin.

In an already busy week for Maritime Logistics - Personnel sailor Lynzey Lake, she received a commendation and was promoted to Petty Officer within five minutes of one another.

South Australian commands maritime security task force

Published on by LCDR Ken Browning (author)

Commodore Daryl Bates at Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain. (photo: Unknown)

Commodore Daryl Bates at Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain.

Adelaide-born and bred, Commodore Daryl Bates is currently having great success commanding a maritime security task force in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions.

Navy’s Midshipmen at forefront of maritime robotics

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

RAN Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles (AMCATS) personnel at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston, from left,  Midshipman (MIDN) Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane and MIDN Emily O’Brien. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

RAN Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles (AMCATS) personnel at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston, from left, Midshipman (MIDN) Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane and MIDN Emily O’Brien.

Three Royal Australian Navy Midshipmen studying for their Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston are breaking new ground in the design and application of Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles.