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More illegal drugs seized by HMAS Ballarat

Published on by By Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized two tonnes of hashish worth approximately $100 million in street value during a boarding operation in the Middle East Region.


Underwater Medicine specialists adapt for desert role

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (right) and Leading Seaman Peter Gough conduct training at the Role 2 Enhanced NATO Medical Treatment Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (right) and Leading Seaman Peter Gough conduct training at the Role 2 Enhanced NATO Medical Treatment Facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of the ADF’s ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan, RAN underwater medicine clinicians and doctors are deployed to this arid and rugged landscape, far away from the oceans where they usually ply their trade.

At sea onboard all six FFGs

Published on by LCDR Amy Blacker (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD.

HMAS Melbourne has completed her final Intermediate Maintenance Availability as a commissioned warship and is readying for a deployment through the East Asian and South Pacific regions.

Sea-change leads to Navy life

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin. (photo: )

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin.

While most people join the Navy directly from high school, university or as their first full-time job, two new officers in HMAS Leeuwin have come with many years of experience in the civilian workforce.

Engineering sailor certified for gas turbine expertise

Published on by PO Ann-Maree Anderson (author)

Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines. (photo: Unknown)

Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines.

For the first time in the history of Navy’s Marine Engineering branch, a sailor has been granted a warrant to provide expert advice in their specific field of engineering as a ‘Technologist Warrant Holder Grade 2’.

A stitch in time over 40 years

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan with Ms Felize Byrne following the presentation of her Chief of Navy Gold Commendation at the HMAS Kuttabul clothing store in Sydney. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan with Ms Felize Byrne following the presentation of her Chief of Navy Gold Commendation at the HMAS Kuttabul clothing store in Sydney.

For the past 40 years, seamstress Feliza 'Feli' Byrne has ensured thousands of Navy women and men could wear their uniform with pride, confident it met dress regulations and would not fall apart under pressure.

Navy officer honoured as role model at Gargi Awards

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

Navy’s Principal Chaplain Colin Acton congratulates Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing on her Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category. (photo: Unknown)

Navy’s Principal Chaplain Colin Acton congratulates Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing on her Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category.

It was a proud moment for Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing, when she was recently recognised By the Hindu Council of Australia with a Gargi Award.

Definitely ‘More Powerful Together’ says Navy’s first female ship CO

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Jenny Daetz during her time as Commanding Officer of HMAS Shepparton (then a Lieutenant). (photo: )

Jenny Daetz during her time as Commanding Officer of HMAS Shepparton (then a Lieutenant).

Jenny Daetz joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986, shortly after the decision was made to let women to serve at sea.

More bucks banked for Keeping Watch

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

Commander Christina Ween and Defence Bank’s Russell Branch Manager, Annie Chowdhry count the money collected from the International Women’s Day Barbeque held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Commander Christina Ween and Defence Bank’s Russell Branch Manager, Annie Chowdhry count the money collected from the International Women’s Day Barbeque held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Members serving at Navy Headquarters have dug deep for a worthy cause, raising more than $1,000 for the sailor support charity Keeping Watch.

Remembering Cyclone Pam

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

HMAS Choules off the Coast of Tanna Island for the fourth anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Pam commemorative service at Tafea Provincial Government Council Offices, Vanuatu. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

HMAS Choules off the Coast of Tanna Island for the fourth anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Pam commemorative service at Tafea Provincial Government Council Offices, Vanuatu.

Members of the Australian Defence Force recently took part in a moving ceremony on Vanuatu’s Tanna Island to mark the fourth anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Pam.