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HMAS Choules central to Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, is seen at anchor off the coast of Bougainville during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

The Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, is seen at anchor off the coast of Bougainville during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

At anchor two kilometres off the coast of Bougainville sits HMAS Choules, the Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, a 180 metre long, 16,000 tonne vessel, currently providing significant life support to almost 450 Australian and international defence force personnel deployed on Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Church bell to ring again following assistance from Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Now a clear space with spire and altar repositioned, the former Catholic Mission Church site in Torokina, Bougainville, was cleared of structural debris following two days of work by members of HMAS CHOULES ship's company during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Now a clear space with spire and altar repositioned, the former Catholic Mission Church site in Torokina, Bougainville, was cleared of structural debris following two days of work by members of HMAS CHOULES ship's company during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2014, currently underway in the Torokina district of Bougainville, is not just about disposing of Explosive Remnants of War.

Operational mission for HMAS Huon

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

HMAS Huon departs HMAS Waterhen for a three month Operation RESOLUTE rotation.

Family and friends waved goodbye to HMAS Huon as she departed HMAS Waterhen recently to head north on a three-month deployment in support of Operation RESOLUTE

HMAS Toowoomba replenishes with USNS Big Horn

Published on by LCDR Edward Ellison (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hannah Callary prepares to fire the over the line throwing projectile in order to pass the spare messenger line, on the commencement of conducting a replenishment at sea with United States Navy Ship (USNS) Big Horn. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hannah Callary prepares to fire the over the line throwing projectile in order to pass the spare messenger line, on the commencement of conducting a replenishment at sea with United States Navy Ship (USNS) Big Horn.

On 17 October HMAS Toowoomba conducted replenishment at sea with United States Navy Ship (USNS) Big Horn.

Toowoomba ready to assist

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Edward Ellison (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's boat provides a supply of fresh water to a disabled fishing dhow while conducting an approach and assist during Operation Manitou. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Toowoomba's boat provides a supply of fresh water to a disabled fishing dhow while conducting an approach and assist during Operation Manitou.

HMAS Toowoomba duty isn’t always catching smugglers, sometimes it's lending a hand to those in trouble on the seas.

Chief of Navy message on the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce reports

Published on by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (author)

The Report on Abuse in Defence and the Report on Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy were both tabled in Parliament. (photo: N/A)

The Report on Abuse in Defence and the Report on Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy were both tabled in Parliament.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett delivers a message to Navy following the tabling of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) Reports in Parliament Wednesday 26 November 2014.

Navy takes note of boarding party innovation

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jacob Machen with the boarding party waterproof notebook at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall  )

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jacob Machen with the boarding party waterproof notebook at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Jacob Machen, a member of Navy's Patrol Boat Crew Ardent Three boarding party, has earned congratulations from among his mates for suggesting a significant improvement to a vital piece of their kit issue.

Navy's latest aircrewmen receive their wings

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN addresses graduates and guests attending the Aircrewman Rotary course 08 graduation held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN addresses graduates and guests attending the Aircrewman Rotary course 08 graduation held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra.

Family, friends, colleagues, instructors, senior officers and a class of slightly awed primary school children gathered at the Fleet Air Am Museum to applaud Navy’s latest aviators on 13 November.

Sad, but proud to be part of the end of an era

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Robert Johnson stands proud in front of his breakfast creation inside the galley onboard HMAS Brunei. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Able Seaman Robert Johnson stands proud in front of his breakfast creation inside the galley onboard HMAS Brunei.

Being the Chef on one of the Royal Australian Navy Cairns based Landing Craft Heavy vessels has been a complete contrast for Able Seaman Robert Johnson after growing up in Canberra.

Love of cooking takes Peta sailing

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Peta Large dices carrots preparing for dinner on HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014.

The Maritime Logistics Chefs on HMAS Choules have a big task on their hands leading up to an exercise like Exercise Sea Dawn 2014. Making sure they maintain a high quality of food is essential in keeping moral high on such a busy ship. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Peta Large dices carrots preparing for dinner on HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014. The Maritime Logistics Chefs on HMAS Choules have a big task on their hands leading up to an exercise like Exercise Sea Dawn 2014. Making sure they maintain a high quality of food is essential in keeping moral high on such a busy ship.

Growing up in Gatton, Queensland, Peta Large has always had an interest in hospitality which led to her joining the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Logistics-Chef.