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Melbourne gets timely reminder of piracy dangers

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia.

Fresh from their successful interdiction of suspected Somali pirates in October, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has experienced a sombre reminder of the consequences of piracy when the ship came across the wreckage of the merchant vessel MV Albedo.

HMAS Tobruk arrives to support recovery in the Philippines

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Jake Sims (photographer)

HMAS Tobruk sits at anchor off the coast of Ormoc, Philippines, ready to support Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

HMAS Tobruk sits at anchor off the coast of Ormoc, Philippines, ready to support Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

HMAS Tobruk has arrived to commence recovery support operations in the Ormoc region of Leyte Island to assist the Philippines government repair the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Community engagement key to mission success in Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Seaman Kieren Paish and Able Seaman Thomas Rutter from HMAS Tarakan are swamped by local children as they step on to the wharf at Yandina, Russell Islands. (photo: Sergeant Hamish Paterson)

Seaman Kieren Paish and Able Seaman Thomas Rutter from HMAS Tarakan are swamped by local children as they step on to the wharf at Yandina, Russell Islands.

Months of careful planning in partnership with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, and Australian Defence and Consulate staff in Honiara, along with a well thought out community engagement program, have been an integral part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Combat experience used to clear remnants of war in Solomon Islands

Published on by CMDR Doug Griffiths (author), ABCD Matt Deloraine (photographer)

ABCD Luke Woodcroft and ABCD Daniel Bird from HMAS Diamantina prepare explosives to destroy unexploded ordnance left on the sea floor in the Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABCD Matt Deloraine)

ABCD Luke Woodcroft and ABCD Daniel Bird from HMAS Diamantina prepare explosives to destroy unexploded ordnance left on the sea floor in the Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal skill sets that have been developed, adapted and refined over twelve years of conflict are presently being put to good use in Solomon Islands.

Operation RENDER SAFE rebuilds Yandina school

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Sailors from HMAS Tarakan load stores off the ship and on to a waiting vehicle at Yandina wharf. (photo: Sergeant Hamish Paterson)

Sailors from HMAS Tarakan load stores off the ship and on to a waiting vehicle at Yandina wharf.

A group of Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army Explosive Ordnance technicians, along with Royal Australian Navy sailors and officers based on HMAS Tarakan have been working on clearing Explosive Remnants of War and rebuilding classrooms at the community school at Yandina, in the Russell Islands, in the country’s Central Province.

1000 hours milestone onboard HMAS Melbourne

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's flight commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson, returns from a morning patrol to a warm reception from the aviation department after clocking up her 1000th hour in the Seahawk aircraft. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's flight commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson, returns from a morning patrol to a warm reception from the aviation department after clocking up her 1000th hour in the Seahawk aircraft.

Sixty missile counter measure flares erupted from the belly of HMAS Melbourne’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter, marking 1000 hours in the Seahawk cockpit for Flight 3 Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson.

Operation RENDER SAFE prepares for White Ribbon Day activities in Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 personnel including CMDR Doug Griffiths (right) discuss renovations to the Christian Care Centre with Sister Doreen of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 personnel including CMDR Doug Griffiths (right) discuss renovations to the Christian Care Centre with Sister Doreen of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

As the only domestic violence refuge in Solomon Islands, the Christian Care Centre near Honiara plays an important role in the local community and this role will now be a little easier thanks to the assistance of the Navy-led Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

New Zealand’s vital link in catching pirates

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter.

In a true display of Anzac spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Melbourne in the Middle

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), WO Jeannie Roberts (photographer)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE. (photo: WO Jeannie Roberts)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Navy prepares to make safe historic Tulagi Island battle sites

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

HMAS Labuan, operating within an Australian led multi-national Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 13, has spent the past week working with local communities on Tulagi Island to identify the unexploded ordnance that is a legacy of Tulagi’s World War II role as a Japanese naval refuelling, communications, and seaplane reconnaissance base.