Section: Operations

Newcastle Transits the Strait of Hormuz

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

Boatswains Mates keep watch on HMAS Newcastle's Gunnery Direction Platform (GDP) as the Australian warship transits the Strait of Hormuz. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

Boatswains Mates keep watch on HMAS Newcastle's Gunnery Direction Platform (GDP) as the Australian warship transits the Strait of Hormuz.

The Australian warship HMAS Newcastle has transited through the Strait of Hormuz near the end of her second month-long maritime security patrol since arriving in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) in May.

HMAS Newcastle joins counter piracy taskforce

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HMAS Newcastle's boarding party prepares to conduct a boarding while conducting counter terrorism operations in the Red Sea. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding party prepares to conduct a boarding while conducting counter terrorism operations in the Red Sea.

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Newcastle has recently completed two successful weeks of counter terrorism operations in the Red Sea with the multi-national Combined Task Force 150.

Newcastle’s date with Devastator

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

(L-R) United States Navy's Mine Counter Measure Ship USS Devastator and Australian Warship HMAS Newcastle in the Arabian Gulf. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

(L-R) United States Navy's Mine Counter Measure Ship USS Devastator and Australian Warship HMAS Newcastle in the Arabian Gulf.

HMAS Newcastle has made a rendezvous with the United States Navy’s Mine Counter Measure Ship USS Devastator in the Southern Arabian Gulf.

ADF completing tasks on Manus Island

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HMAS Choules at Manus Island HMPNGS Tarangau, Lombrum Naval Base.

 (photo: SGT W. Guthrie)

HMAS Choules at Manus Island HMPNGS Tarangau, Lombrum Naval Base.

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Choules has arrived at Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, to support Department of Immigration and Citizenship activities as part of Operation LANDSCAPE.

Stokers fix mission critical equipment in the MEAO

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HMAS Newcastle sailors Able Seaman Phil Mercieca and Able Seaman Blake Wade hard at work on the ship's degaussing system. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle sailors Able Seaman Phil Mercieca and Able Seaman Blake Wade hard at work on the ship's degaussing system.

Two Marine Technicians onboard HMAS Newcastle have repaired a mission-critical piece of equipment to allow the Australian warship to continue her operational tasking in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Birdies put on light show for Newcastle’s crew

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

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter has lit up the evening sky in the Middle East Area of Operations, while firing its complement of missile counter-measure flares above the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle tackles smuggling in the Red Sea

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HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.

Divers Remove Obstruction to Keep HMAS Newcastle on Patrol

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(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

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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.