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Extended Christmas cheer for Middle East sailors

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Gemma Casserly and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, of Combined Task Force 150, based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, enjoy Christmas care packages sent to the Middle East from students at Mt St Thomas Primary School. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Gemma Casserly and Able Seaman Kelsie Wright, of Combined Task Force 150, based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain, enjoy Christmas care packages sent to the Middle East from students at Mt St Thomas Primary School.

Royal Australian Navy sailors deployed to the Middle East are still feeling the Christmas joy, thanks to the generosity of students at Mount Saint Thomas Primary School in New South Wales.

Commendations for HMAS Melbourne

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

Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne are awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on February 3.  (L-R) AB Jason Duvall, LEUT Liam Catterson, PO Genevieve Richardson, PO Andrew Childs, PO Michael Watkins, LS Yu Su, LCDR Julian Brett and LCDR Tristan Radford. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne are awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on February 3. (L-R) AB Jason Duvall, LEUT Liam Catterson, PO Genevieve Richardson, PO Andrew Childs, PO Michael Watkins, LS Yu Su, LCDR Julian Brett and LCDR Tristan Radford.

Nine members of HMAS Melbourne’s crew were awarded Commander Joint Task Force 633 Commendations at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain on 3 February.

Change of command at Command Task Force 150

Published on by Defence (author), Corporal Mark Doran (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), congratulates Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas on a job well done during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australia has assumed command of  Command Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

HMAS Melbourne sails home from successful deployment

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), CPL Mark Doran (photographer)

Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters (centre) supervises the berthing of the guided missile frigate at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain at the end of Melbourne's eighth deployment to the region conducting maritime security patrols as part of Combined Maritime Forces. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters (centre) supervises the berthing of the guided missile frigate at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain at the end of Melbourne's eighth deployment to the region conducting maritime security patrols as part of Combined Maritime Forces.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne is returning home to Australia after completing more than 50 boarding operations and seizing almost a tonne of heroin during a Middle Eastern deployment.

Passing the security baton

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Captain Tony Aldred has assumed the role of Director Operations with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Captain Tony Aldred has assumed the role of Director Operations with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain.

The baton for Australian leadership in a key Middle East role was recently passed between two officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.

HMAS Melbourne makes fifth drug seizure before returning home

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

HMAS Melbourne personnel dispose of 65kg of illegal narcotics (heroin) seized from a dhow in the northern Indian Ocean.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Melbourne personnel dispose of 65kg of illegal narcotics (heroin) seized from a dhow in the northern Indian Ocean.

The crew of HMAS Melbourne have completed a fifth successful drug seizure for Operation MANITOU after seizing about 65kg of heroin from a dhow in the Indian Ocean.

Electronics career provides excitement

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

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Georgie Sharp in the Secondary Radio Transmitter room onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Georgie Sharp in the Secondary Radio Transmitter room onboard HMAS Canberra.

While working the nine to five grind of the retail industry, Hobart girl, Georgie Sharp realised she needed more adventure so she packed her bags and joined the Navy.

Sound of rotors is music to his ears

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

Petty Officer Aviation Support Paul Parnell on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Petty Officer Aviation Support Paul Parnell on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra.

A former musician supervising the flight deck of the largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy may seem like a strange mix, but for Petty Officer Aviation Support Paul Parnell it’s a natural fit and all in a day’s work.

Pastoral care convention in Canberra

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

Royal Australian Navy reserve Chaplains fallen in during the Last Post Ceremony dedication for Chaplain Ronald Sutton Bevington, MA, RAN, who died on HMAS Perth (l), at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Royal Australian Navy reserve Chaplains fallen in during the Last Post Ceremony dedication for Chaplain Ronald Sutton Bevington, MA, RAN, who died on HMAS Perth (l), at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Navy reserve chaplains have been provided with an unprecedented understanding of both the nuances and complexity of how Defence operates at their first ever conference held in Canberra in the first week of February.

Hobart homecoming for logistician

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author)

A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart. (photo: Unknown)

A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart.

A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart.