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Scientist takes evidence collection to a new level on ADF operations

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

(L) Defence Science and Technology Organisation research scientist, Dragana Calic observes (R) Primary Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Commander Barton Harrington, RAN and Tactical Anti-Submarine Officer, Lieutenant Andrew Erven, RAN in the Operations Room of HMAS Darwin, during a boarding. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

(L) Defence Science and Technology Organisation research scientist, Dragana Calic observes (R) Primary Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Commander Barton Harrington, RAN and Tactical Anti-Submarine Officer, Lieutenant Andrew Erven, RAN in the Operations Room of HMAS Darwin, during a boarding.

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) scientist Dragana Calic admits that watching six tonnes of hashish being hauled onto a deck of an Australian warship made for an interesting day in the office.

Submariner at home in the desert on ADF operations

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), CPL Janine Fabre (photographer)

Lieutenant John Gray, a Royal Australian Navy submariner from Fremantle in Western Australia, has exchanged his steel working environment for a Middle East portable office complex. 

He is currently deployed on Operation ACCORDION at Camp Baird in the United Arab Emirates. Here he is seen in his workplace at Headquarters Joint Task Force 633. (photo: CPL Janine Fabre)

Lieutenant John Gray, a Royal Australian Navy submariner from Fremantle in Western Australia, has exchanged his steel working environment for a Middle East portable office complex. He is currently deployed on Operation ACCORDION at Camp Baird in the United Arab Emirates. Here he is seen in his workplace at Headquarters Joint Task Force 633.

Working on Australian Defence Force operations in a room without windows is no challenge for Royal Australian Navy submariner Lieutenant John Gray in the Middle East.

Drug busting Darwin returns from the Middle East

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, is welcomed home by his family as he returns to Australia after completing a successful six month deployment to the Middle East.  (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

HMAS Darwin's Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, is welcomed home by his family as he returns to Australia after completing a successful six month deployment to the Middle East.

After 211 days away from home, HMAS Darwin has returned to Garden Island, Sydney after a successful deployment to the Middle East Region.

HMAS Toowoomba departs for duty

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Family and friends line the wharf at Fleet Base West to farewell HMAS Toowoomba for an Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Family and friends line the wharf at Fleet Base West to farewell HMAS Toowoomba for an Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region.

Friends and family lined the wharf as HMAS Toowoomba departed Fleet Base West for their Operation MANITOU deployment over the weekend. The 191-strong ship’s company enjoyed their last few hours on Australian soil with their loved ones in the West Australian sunshine before the Ship’s horn sounded and the order was given to ‘man ship’.

HMAS Harman focuses on welfare and wellbeing

Published on by WO Graeme Gibney (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Joint Health Command Psychologist, Liz O'Neill, speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Joint Health Command Psychologist, Liz O'Neill, speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues.

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation.

Staying on track

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

Graduating classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 03 stand proud with the Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN (centre) and Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones.

L-R: Lieutenant Scott Benstead, Lieutenant Matthew Warren, Lieutenant Commander William Hooper, Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN, Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones, Lieutenant Brandan Naylor and Lieutenant James Brandreth. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Graduating classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 03 stand proud with the Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN (centre) and Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones. L-R: Lieutenant Scott Benstead, Lieutenant Matthew Warren, Lieutenant Commander William Hooper, Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN, Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones, Lieutenant Brandan Naylor and Lieutenant James Brandreth.

Five Navigators have completed the highly intensive Surface Combatant Navigation Course, graduating at HMAS Watson on Thursday, 7 August 2014.

Twenty Indigenous Australians enlist into the Defence Indigenous Development Program North Queensland

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author), LS Jason Westcott (photographer)

Eric Law accepts his Certificate of Enlistment from Commanding Officer RAN Recruit School, Commander Dugald Clelland, during the Defence Indigenous Affairs Program Enlistment Ceremony at HMAS Cairns. (photo: LS Jason Westcott)

Eric Law accepts his Certificate of Enlistment from Commanding Officer RAN Recruit School, Commander Dugald Clelland, during the Defence Indigenous Affairs Program Enlistment Ceremony at HMAS Cairns.

The Royal Australian Navy's second Defence Indigenous Development Program North Queensland welcomed twenty young indigenous Australians into its ranks at an enlistment ceremony held onboard HMAS Cairns.

Fleet Air Arm sailor enjoys V8 Supercar challenge

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

(Left to right) Leading Seaman Daniel Green, Able Seaman Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Daniel Martin hold the rear bar from a Ford Performance Racing car that they have fixed during their time with the Ford Performance Racing placement program. (photo: Unknown)

(Left to right) Leading Seaman Daniel Green, Able Seaman Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Daniel Martin hold the rear bar from a Ford Performance Racing car that they have fixed during their time with the Ford Performance Racing placement program.

Able Seaman Cameron Cummins has always had an interest in motor sports, but never imagined that he would one day be part of an elite motor racing team.

Proposal is all about the diamonds

Published on by LSIS Brenton Freind (author), Unknown (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii.

The planning for Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Troy Bennett’s marriage proposal began in mid-2013, when he found out that his next posting would be to the Replenishment Ship HMAS Success, and that the ship was scheduled to take part in Exercise RIMPAC 2014, off the coast of Hawaii.

First-in-class achievement at RIMPAC

Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Assistant Officer of the Watch, Sub Lieutenant Rhian Campbell-McBride, checks the Guide's Course with the pelorus on the bridge of HMAS Success during the Exercise RIMPAC 2014 Fleet Formation. The serial tested the seamanship skills of bridge watchkeeping staff off the coast of Hawaii. (photo: Leading Seaman Brenton Freind)

Assistant Officer of the Watch, Sub Lieutenant Rhian Campbell-McBride, checks the Guide's Course with the pelorus on the bridge of HMAS Success during the Exercise RIMPAC 2014 Fleet Formation. The serial tested the seamanship skills of bridge watchkeeping staff off the coast of Hawaii.

For the ship’s company of HMAS Success, Exercise RIMPAC 2014 was the perfect environment for training and achievement of qualifications, so the ship’s command team made sure every opportunity was available for members at all levels to progress their training and individual career milestones while they were deployed to Hawaii for the world’s largest naval exercise.