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Fiji Minister of Defence visits HMAS Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Fiji Minister for Defence, Mr Timoci Lesi Natuva meets Fijian Australian, AB Apete Turuva onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Fiji Minister for Defence, Mr Timoci Lesi Natuva meets Fijian Australian, AB Apete Turuva onboard HMAS Canberra.

Australian Defence personnel currently deployed as part of Operation FIJI ASSIST were honoured with a visit to HMAS Canberra, by the Fijian Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Mr Timoci Natuva on 3 March.

Maritime security bolstered and relationships strengthened to reduce threat of piracy

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author), MC2 Mat Murch US Navy (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Jaimie Hatcher (centre left), Commander Combined Task Force 150, joins participants of Cutlass Express 2016 for a photo after the exercise closing ceremony on February 6. (photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mat Murch)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore (CDRE) Jaimie Hatcher (centre left), Commander Combined Task Force 150, joins participants of Cutlass Express 2016 for a photo after the exercise closing ceremony on February 6.

Indian Ocean maritime security has been bolstered and international relationships strengthened as 450 naval and coast guard personnel from 18 nations gathered in the Seychelles for Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS.

HMAS Darwin seizes large weapons cache

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Weapons seized by HMAS Darwin from a small-arms smuggler boarded approximately 170 nautical miles off the coast of Oman. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Weapons seized by HMAS Darwin from a small-arms smuggler boarded approximately 170 nautical miles off the coast of Oman.

HMAS Darwin’s boarding team has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache, following a boarding of a fishing vessel during their deployment to the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

OP FIJI ASSIST 2016 begins major amphibious move

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ Kristin Gardiner (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Australian Aid shipping containers on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra.  (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Australian Aid shipping containers on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra.

Personnel, plant equipment, tools, heavy vehicles and aid were just some of the material either flown off by Army and Navy MRH-90 Helicopters, or by sea on Landing Craft, as Australia’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission gathered significant momentum.

HMAS Darwin joins French Carrier Strike Group

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Kelli Lunt (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

HMAS Darwin conducts helicopter operations with an embarked helicopter from FNS Charles De Gaulle on February 25. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

HMAS Darwin conducts helicopter operations with an embarked helicopter from FNS Charles De Gaulle on February 25.

HMAS Darwin joined French Carrier Strike Group Charles de Gaulle for a passage exercise while on station in the Middle East.

HMAS Darwin ready for duty

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), CPL Mark Doran (photographer), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

(R-L) Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Phillip Henry, Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, welcomes Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, aboard the warship during his visit to the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, on 19 February 2016. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

(R-L) Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Phillip Henry, Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, welcomes Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, aboard the warship during his visit to the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, on 19 February 2016.

The crew of HMAS Darwin has benefited from mission-specific training in the Kingdom of Bahrain, prior to setting out on the ship’s first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU.

Competitive spirit on show in Bahrain

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(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Paul Stuart, of Combined Maritime Forces, Miss Joanne Philips of the Australian Federal Police, and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, Lieutenant Gemma Casserley and Lieutenant Glyn Hunter, of Combined Task Force 150, show-off their second place trophy after the Amazing Race held at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on January 28. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Paul Stuart, of Combined Maritime Forces, Miss Joanne Philips of the Australian Federal Police, and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, Lieutenant Gemma Casserley and Lieutenant Glyn Hunter, of Combined Task Force 150, show-off their second place trophy after the Amazing Race held at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on January 28.

It was an active start to the year for Royal Australian Navy members based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Indigenous sailor encourages others to 'get involved'

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Trainee Seaman Jordon Hegarty is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. Jordon is currently undertaking the Initial Communication Information Systems Course at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Trainee Seaman Jordon Hegarty is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. Jordon is currently undertaking the Initial Communication Information Systems Course at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

An innovative program that provides indigenous people with a pathway into the Australian Defence Force is getting top marks from its participants.

Central coast sailor in counter-piracy operation

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Robins, of HMAS Darwin, prepares for a patrol in the Middle East region from the Naval Support Activity base in Manama, Bahrain, during Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Robins, of HMAS Darwin, prepares for a patrol in the Middle East region from the Naval Support Activity base in Manama, Bahrain, during Operation Manitou.

A Royal Australian Navy sailor from Terrigal, north of Sydney, is living his passion while deployed on counter-terrorism patrols with HMAS Darwin.

Navigating the waters of the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Sub Lieutenant Robert McRae, of HMAS Darwin, prepares for a patrol in the Middle East region from the Naval Support Activity base in Manama, Bahrain, during Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Sub Lieutenant Robert McRae, of HMAS Darwin, prepares for a patrol in the Middle East region from the Naval Support Activity base in Manama, Bahrain, during Operation Manitou.

A former Surf Life Saver is now part of an international counter-terrorism operation in the Middle East. Sub Lieutenant Robert McRae is an Officer of the Watch in the Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Darwin.