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Illegal fishing boats intercepted in joint operation

Published on by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (author and photographer)

The boarding party from HMAS Wollongong towing one of the illegal fishing boats. Image courtesy of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. (photo: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service)

The boarding party from HMAS Wollongong towing one of the illegal fishing boats. Image courtesy of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

A joint agency operation targeting illegal foreign fishing in the Torres Strait has led to the apprehension of seven illegal foreign fishing boats from Papua New Guinea and the return of almost one tonne of live sea cucumbers to Warrior Reef.

Filipino-born sailor returns home to help with clean-up

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Erik Catada assists the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Erik Catada assists the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

A Filipino-born sailor has returned to the Philippines aboard HMAS Tobruk to assist with the Australian Defence Force’s Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST clean-up effort at Ormoc, Leyte.

Tobruk sailors rolling up their sleeves in the Philippines

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Officers and sailors from HMAS Tobruk help clean up a local Ormoc school as part of the Australian Disaster relief effort for Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Officers and sailors from HMAS Tobruk help clean up a local Ormoc school as part of the Australian Disaster relief effort for Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

As the recovery operation continues, the crew of HMAS Tobruk eagerly put their hands up for a number of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) tasks around Ormoc over the weekend of 30 November-1 December.

Solomon Islands rendered safer

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

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers and US Navy contingent (middle) depart HMAS Tarakan to begin explosive ordnance disposal preparations in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers and US Navy contingent (middle) depart HMAS Tarakan to begin explosive ordnance disposal preparations in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE.

Operation RENDER SAFE, the Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal mission in Solomon Islands has been a “spectacular success” according to the head of the Task Force Commander, Commander Doug Griffiths.

LADS soars to new depths in PNG

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), PO Aaron Godwin (photographer)

LADS Flight Dash 8 turning and burning.  (photo: PO Aaron Godwin)

LADS Flight Dash 8 turning and burning.

The Royal Australian Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has completed a successful deployment to Alotau, Papua New Guinea (PNG). During the deployment, LADS flew aerial hydrographic surveys of the Conflict Group atoll, Deboyne Islands and Bougainville.

Royal Australian Navy takes lead in maritime security in Middle East and North Indian Ocean

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF150) Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN with the members of CTF150 rotation five on the steps of the Heritage Centre at Garden Island Fleet Base East, prior to their departure to the Middle East. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF150) Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN with the members of CTF150 rotation five on the steps of the Heritage Centre at Garden Island Fleet Base East, prior to their departure to the Middle East.

Australia is leading maritime security operations in the Middle East and North Indian Ocean after assuming command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on 1 December.

HMAS Melbourne’s White Ribbon Day

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Taking a break from busy operations in the Middle East, HMAS Melbourne’s ship’s company gathered to reinforce the message that violence against women must end.

Operation RENDER SAFE delivers for the people of Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matt Deloraine and ABCD Daniel Bird prepare plastic explosives to clear unexploded ordnance in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matt Deloraine and ABCD Daniel Bird prepare plastic explosives to clear unexploded ordnance in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is winding up in Solomon Islands and has built on the success of previous RENDER SAFE operations to deliver a much safer physical environment for Solomon Islanders, while enabling the Australian Defence Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians to sharpen their skills.

Gympie girl prepares Christmas lunch at sea

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Seaman Jaimylee Hutchison onboard a patrol boat for Christmas, conducting border protection operations. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Seaman Jaimylee Hutchison onboard a patrol boat for Christmas, conducting border protection operations.

Like many across Australia this Christmas, Jaimylee Hutchison will be preparing lunch for a festive celebration. But instead of cooking at home, Jaimylee will be in the galley of a Navy Patrol Boat deployed in Australia's northern waters.

Away from home on duty - keeping watch for Santa

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Amy Beggs-French will be keeping watches at Northern Command in Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin this Christmas, to assist with the whole of government border protection operations. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Amy Beggs-French will be keeping watches at Northern Command in Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin this Christmas, to assist with the whole of government border protection operations.

The first person to see and report Santa’s arrival into Australia may just be former St Patrick’s College student Amy Beggs-French who is on duty with Operation RESOLUTE this Christmas in Darwin.