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Melbourne returns from Middle East operations

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HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney after spending 203 days deployed to the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Melbourne draws alongside the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney after spending 203 days deployed to the Middle East Region.

After five successful narcotic seizures in the Middle East and 203 days away from home, Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Melbourne was welcomed back to her homeport of Sydney today.

Smooth Sailing for Combined Task Force 150

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(L-R) Royal Canadian Navy officer Captain Bill Quinn, Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) and Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Gerry Savakis, Operations Officer CTF 150, discuss the task force's area of operations during their deployment to the Middle East at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

(L-R) Royal Canadian Navy officer Captain Bill Quinn, Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) and Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Gerry Savakis, Operations Officer CTF 150, discuss the task force's area of operations during their deployment to the Middle East at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

It’s been smooth sailing for the Australian and Canadian personnel of Combined Task Force 150 as they reach the half-way point of their deployment.

Navy sends more helicopters to Fiji relief effort

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Two Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopters will depart HMAS Albatross today to assist the Australian Defence Force’s humanitarian assistance mission to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. (photo: Robert Crawford)

Two Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopters will depart HMAS Albatross today to assist the Australian Defence Force’s humanitarian assistance mission to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Two Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 helicopters will depart HMAS Albatross today to assist the Australian Defence Force’s humanitarian assistance mission to Fiji in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Navy medic rising to the challenge in Kabul

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Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Medic Mel Bennet (L) speaks with colleagues from the Czech Republic and the United States military in the NATO Role 2E Medical Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Oliver Carter)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Medic Mel Bennet (L) speaks with colleagues from the Czech Republic and the United States military in the NATO Role 2E Medical Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Leading Seaman Medic Mel Bennett said she always liked a challenge and growing up the eldest of five children from Campbelltown, NSW, she admitted this could be the reason why.

Navy Diver delivers EOD training in Afghanistan

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Brigadier General Basir, the commandant of Central Training Center-Kabul, discusses explosive ordnance disposal training with Resolute Support personnel prior to a graduation ceremony of 38 Afghan National Police from the three-month EOD course. (photo: Lt. Charity Edgar)

Brigadier General Basir, the commandant of Central Training Center-Kabul, discusses explosive ordnance disposal training with Resolute Support personnel prior to a graduation ceremony of 38 Afghan National Police from the three-month EOD course.

A Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver has played his part in the successful training of 38 explosive ordnance disposal technicians for the Afghan National Police late last week.

Extended Christmas cheer for Middle East sailors

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(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Gemma Casserly and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, of Combined Task Force 150, based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, enjoy Christmas care packages sent to the Middle East from students at Mt St Thomas Primary School. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Gemma Casserly and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, of Combined Task Force 150, based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, enjoy Christmas care packages sent to the Middle East from students at Mt St Thomas Primary School.

Royal Australian Navy sailors deployed to the Middle East are still feeling the Christmas joy, thanks to the generosity of students at Mount Saint Thomas Primary School in New South Wales.

Commendations for HMAS Melbourne

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Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne are awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on February 3.  (L-R) AB Jason Duvall, LEUT Liam Catterson, PO Genevieve Richardson, PO Andrew Childs, PO Michael Watkins, LS Yu Su, LCDR Julian Brett and LCDR Tristan Radford. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne are awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on February 3. (L-R) AB Jason Duvall, LEUT Liam Catterson, PO Genevieve Richardson, PO Andrew Childs, PO Michael Watkins, LS Yu Su, LCDR Julian Brett and LCDR Tristan Radford.

Nine members of HMAS Melbourne’s crew were awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on 3 February.

Change of command at Command Task Force 150

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Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australia has assumed command of  Command Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

HMAS Melbourne sails home from successful deployment

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Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters (centre) supervises the berthing of the guided missile frigate at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain at the end of Melbourne's eighth deployment to the region conducting maritime security patrols as part of Combined Maritime Forces. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters (centre) supervises the berthing of the guided missile frigate at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain at the end of Melbourne's eighth deployment to the region conducting maritime security patrols as part of Combined Maritime Forces.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne is returning home to Australia after completing more than 50 boarding operations and seizing almost a tonne of heroin during a Middle Eastern deployment.

Passing the security baton

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Captain Tony Aldred has assumed the role of Director Operations with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Captain Tony Aldred has assumed the role of Director Operations with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain.

The baton for Australian leadership in a key Middle East role was recently passed between two officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.