Five Navy musicians are back in Australia after providing the back bone of support to the Forces Entertainment Tour of Afghanistan.
Personnel onboard HMAS Newcastle were surprised to find an unexpected sea rider onboard after their recent port visit to Aqaba, Jordan.
The ship's company of HMAS Newcastle has conducted training exercises with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force in Aqaba, Jordan.
During recent operations with Commander Task Force 151, HMAS Newcastle planned and conducted Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK, an international maritime engagement operation in the Gulf of Aden.
On 13 August in the Arabian Sea, HMAS Newcastle reaffirmed an old friendship with the British replenishment ship, RFA Fort Victoria.
With a pipe from the Executive Officer it was all over. The ship and its company had passed the final assessment that began with a Mariner Skills Evaluation back in March and culminated in September with a final Force Protection assessment alongside Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, WA.
Fifteen thousand kilometres away from the polling booths at Australian primary schools and the smell of the fundraising sausage sizzles, members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company had their say in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.
“Distance two cables, bearing seven degrees,” reported HMAS Ballarat’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Tom Geraghty to his Commanding Officer, Commander Matthew Doornbos.
Without fanfare, HMAS Ballarat departed Fleet Base East early on 5 August 2013 to conduct some additional warfare training before commencing a three month South East Asian and Operation RESOLUTE deployment, following almost a month of intense Unit Readiness Workups.
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.