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Hydrographers kept busy in Vanuatu

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The Deployable Geospatial Support team, embarked in HMAS Tobruk, survey a potential anchorage during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Deployable Geospatial Support team, embarked in HMAS Tobruk, survey a potential anchorage during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Hydrographers on HMAS Tobruk from the Deployable Geospatial Support Team have performed a vital role surveying potential anchorages and beach landing sites during Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015.

UAE Officers visit Battle Tanker

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Jake Badior (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aircrewman Ben McNeil shows a small group of United Arab Emirates Navy Officers around HMAS Success' embarked Seahawk 'ODIN' during a ship tour while alongside conducting her self maintenance period as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Leading Seaman Aircrewman Ben McNeil shows a small group of United Arab Emirates Navy Officers around HMAS Success' embarked Seahawk 'ODIN' during a ship tour while alongside conducting her self maintenance period as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Success recently hosted a number of United Arab Emirates Navy officers while alongside in Dubai for a brief self-maintenance period.

Battle Tanker joins NATO Operation

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Jake Badior (author)

Chief of Staff, Standing NATO Maritime Group One, Commander Jens Bjornsteen raises the NATO flag onboard HMAS Success as the ships becomes assigned to Operation Ocean Shield in the Middle East Region. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Chief of Staff, Standing NATO Maritime Group One, Commander Jens Bjornsteen raises the NATO flag onboard HMAS Success as the ships becomes assigned to Operation Ocean Shield in the Middle East Region.

In a Royal Australian Navy first, HMAS Success was recently assigned to a NATO counter-piracy operation in Middle Eastern waters.

Plaudits for battle tanker

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Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia, CN (right) speaks with Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Ali Muhumad during a short visit onboard HMAS Success while alongside in the Middle East Region conducting their self maintenance period as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Brian Santarpia, CN (right) speaks with Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Ali Muhumad during a short visit onboard HMAS Success while alongside in the Middle East Region conducting their self maintenance period as part of Operation MANITOU.

The Commander of Combined Task Force 150 visited HMAS Success during the ship’s recent self-maintenance period at the half way point of its Operation MANITOU deployment in the Middle East region.

Capabilities put to immediate use

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The flight deck team of HMAS Tobruk load Australian Aid packages into the ship's embarked MRH90 helicopter, which will delivers the packages to remote parts of Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The flight deck team of HMAS Tobruk load Australian Aid packages into the ship's embarked MRH90 helicopter, which will delivers the packages to remote parts of Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

HMAS Albatross-based 808 Squadron was awarded the qualification of Operational Capability Maritime 1 just in time to deploy for Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015.

HMAS Tobruk at Dillon’s Bay

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Seaman Alysia Spence (right) and Able Seaman Paul Wosomo help unload Australian Aid supplies to the people of Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Seaman Alysia Spence (right) and Able Seaman Paul Wosomo help unload Australian Aid supplies to the people of Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Willing volunteers from HMAS Tobruk’s ship's company made their way ashore at Dillon’s Bay on Erromango Island, Vanuatu, on 30 March to assist with several humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tasks.

Tobruk provides running repairs

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Leading Seaman Dale Tiyce Nelson (right) and Seaman Callum Hunter help fix the engine of car that was damaged during Cyclone Pam at Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Leading Seaman Dale Tiyce Nelson (right) and Seaman Callum Hunter help fix the engine of car that was damaged during Cyclone Pam at Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Two 'stokers' from HMAS Tobruk put their mechanical skills to good use on 30 March when they went ashore at Dillon’s Bay on Erromango Island, Vanuatu, to repair the village chief’s ute.

Consolidated relief efforts in Vanuatu

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The Commanding Officer FNS Vendemiaire, Captain Herve Siret (left) travels with his heads of departments towards HMAS Tobruk via his ships sea boat to discuss ways the French and Australian ships can best help the people of Vanuatu during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Commanding Officer FNS Vendemiaire, Captain Herve Siret (left) travels with his heads of departments towards HMAS Tobruk via his ships sea boat to discuss ways the French and Australian ships can best help the people of Vanuatu during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

The commanding officers of the Australian and French Navy ships assisting with humanitarian operations in Vanuatu have met on HMAS Tobruk to discuss the coordination of relief efforts.

Palm Sunday at sea

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Army Chaplain Gary Smith conducts a Palm Sunday church service held on-board HMAS Tobruk while deployed on Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Army Chaplain Gary Smith conducts a Palm Sunday church service held on-board HMAS Tobruk while deployed on Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Palm Sunday had an extra special meaning for those attending the weekly church service aboard HMAS Tobruk on 29 March during the ship’s deployment to Vanuatu on Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015. 

Ready reservists

Published on by FLTLT Daniel Phillips (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Captain Fabian Purcell, Australian Senior Medical Officer - Middle East Region (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Captain Fabian Purcell, Australian Senior Medical Officer - Middle East Region

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