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United effort to clean up Nasau

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors (L-R Back row) Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Bodenstiener, Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Ayliffe, Seaman Marie Technician Jacob Gray, Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Roger Roy, Chaplain Rendal Walker, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Brendan Matchett, Able Seaman Communications and Informations Jamie Cuenca, Australian Army soldier Craftsman Andrew Cook (L-R Front Row) Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Morgan Foster and Australian Army soldier Corporal Nicole Thomas together with two Republic of Fiji Military Forces carpenters at Nasau Villa (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Royal Australian Navy sailors (L-R Back row) Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Bodenstiener, Able Seaman Marine Technician Ben Ayliffe, Seaman Marie Technician Jacob Gray, Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Roger Roy, Chaplain Rendal Walker, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Brendan Matchett, Able Seaman Communications and Informations Jamie Cuenca, Australian Army soldier Craftsman Andrew Cook (L-R Front Row) Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Morgan Foster and Australian Army soldier Corporal Nicole Thomas together with two Republic of Fiji Military Forces carpenters at Nasau Villa

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed with Operation FIJI ASSIST have conducted work parties with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, to help clean up the village of Nasau on Koro Island after it was struck by Tropical Cyclone Winston on 20 February.

Cyclone hits home for sailors in Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors, Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) George Cantarakis, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Tevita Vula, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Apete Turuva and ABCD Peter Taylor onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailors, Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) George Cantarakis, Leading Seaman Electronic Technician Tevita Vula, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Apete Turuva and ABCD Peter Taylor onboard HMAS Canberra during Operation Fiji Assist.

For a small group of sailors onboard HMAS Canberra, Operation FIJI ASSIST is not just an opportunity to help another country, it’s also an opportunity to help family.

Freedom to manoeuvre for relief force

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Michael Kumpis, Officer in Charge of the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, conducts a Rapid Environmental Assessment (Beach Survey) at Koro Island, Fiji. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Michael Kumpis, Officer in Charge of the Deployable Geospatial Support Team, conducts a Rapid Environmental Assessment (Beach Survey) at Koro Island, Fiji.

Four Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Surveyors have been searching for the 'perfect beach' - not for relaxation - but importantly in support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-led Australian whole-of-government relief mission, Operation FIJI ASSIST 2016.

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

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

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

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

(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.