Section: Operations

British Lions reunite onboard HMAS Newcastle

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

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations.

A Royal Navy Officer recently ‘hitched a ride’ across the Red Sea onboard HMAS Newcastle, while trying to make his way home to England. The unsuspecting Brit got a real surprise when he was greeted on the flight deck of the Australian ship by a long term friend and former RN colleague who had laterally transferred to the Royal Australian Navy some five years earlier.

Newcastle and Somme hat-trick captured in time-lapse

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer), POIS Ollie Garside (videographer), POIS Ollie Garside and POIS Paul Berry (video editing)

HMAS Newcastle crosses lines with French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme during a Replenishment at Sea.
 (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle crosses lines with French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme during a Replenishment at Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s third Replenishment at Sea activity in the Middle East Area of Operations was conducted with the French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme.

HMAS Newcastle completes counter-terrorism focused operation

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

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations.

In July, HMAS Newcastle completed an intensive counter-terrorism focused operation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with the multi-national Combined Task Force 150.

Choules crew communicates cooperation

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Able Seaman Benjamin Heron, a Communications and Information Systems sailor aboard HMAS Choules, talks with members of the Papua New Defence Force during an International Visual Morse Code practical exercise at Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

Able Seaman Benjamin Heron, a Communications and Information Systems sailor aboard HMAS Choules, talks with members of the Papua New Defence Force during an International Visual Morse Code practical exercise at Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

HMAS Choules’ Communications and Information Systems team have shown off their instructional skills, conducting visual Morse code training with Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel from Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

Moule takes the helm, sets course for the Middle East

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Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne whilst in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne whilst in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.

At 27 years of age, Lieutenant Albert Moule is responsible for sailing his warship, the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Melbourne, to the right place, at the right time, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne sails for SLIPPER

Published on by ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne.

Today, the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne set sail for a six-month operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

Mail brings big smiles to Newcastle's crew

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

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour.

Lollies, home-made biscuits, magazines and photographs of loved ones were just some of the things that made the crew of HMAS Newcastle smile, when the
ship received 460 kilograms of mail in July.

Explosive training on the ocean waves

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

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle.  *** Local Caption (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle. *** Local Caption

HMAS Newcastle’s specialist Clearance Divers have continued to practice their counter improvised explosive device techniques while at sea in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Career progression on operations: stokers look to the future

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s Marine Engineering Department has raised the bar on professional development during the ship's operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations, with some impressive results.

Newcastle and Rainier dance again

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside and LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).   (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

HMAS Newcastle has conducted two Replenishment At Sea operations in two weeks with one of the world’s biggest combat supply vessels in the Middle East Area of Operations.