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New Zealand’s vital link in catching pirates

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter.

In a true display of Anzac spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Melbourne in the Middle

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), WO Jeannie Roberts (photographer)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE. (photo: WO Jeannie Roberts)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Navy prepares to make safe historic Tulagi Island battle sites

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

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Locals watch as HMAS Labuan receives stores in Honiara, Solomon Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

HMAS Labuan, operating within an Australian led multi-national Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 13, has spent the past week working with local communities on Tulagi Island to identify the unexploded ordnance that is a legacy of Tulagi’s World War II role as a Japanese naval refuelling, communications, and seaplane reconnaissance base.

Choules arrives home from Manus Island

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Friends and family turn out at the Cruiser Wharf of Sydney's Garden Island, to welcome home their loved ones onboard HMAS Choules, as the amphibious ship returns to her home port. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Friends and family turn out at the Cruiser Wharf of Sydney's Garden Island, to welcome home their loved ones onboard HMAS Choules, as the amphibious ship returns to her home port.

After almost six-months at sea HMAS Choules has returned to her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.

Operation RENDER SAFE Task Force welcomed to Solomon Islands

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

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Members of an Australian led multi-nation task force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country this week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.

RENDER SAFE 2013 - clearance operations commence

Published on by WOCSMMW Darren Chapman (author), CAPT John Leathley (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and  made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: CAPT John Leathley)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Less than 24 hours after the establishment of the headquarters for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 in Solomon Islands, elements of the JTF 663 Advanced Party partnered with elements of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to locate and make safe explosive remnants of war near Honiara International Airport.

HMAS Choules says thanks and farewell with ceremonial sunset

Published on by SBLT Brittany Smith (author), LSCSO Matthew Limb (photographer)

CO HMAS Choules Commander Ashley Papp presents CO Tarangau Naval Base Commander Peter Tupma with a framed memory. (photo: LSCSO Matthew Limb)

CO HMAS Choules Commander Ashley Papp presents CO Tarangau Naval Base Commander Peter Tupma with a framed memory.

HMAS Choules recently hosted an Official Reception and Ceremonial Sunset to mark the end of their mission as part of Operation LANDSCAPE.

RENDER SAFE arrives in Honiara

Published on by LCDR Richard Caton (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands.

A tri-Service advance party for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 arrived in Honiara via a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules late in the evening of 28 October.

Navy personnel take a walk for White Ribbon

Published on by LEUT Sarah West and POIS Paul Berry (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Navy walkers prepare to step off for the inaugural ADF White Ribbon Bridge to Bridge Run/Walk in Canberra.
(Front left to right) Commander Henry Finnis and Warrant Officer (WO) Dale Young.
(Rear from left) Petty Officer Bryan Clifford, WO Greg Whyte, Mr Andrew Florance, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) John Belford and CPO Ron Pritchard. (photo: Petty Officer Paul Berry)

Navy walkers prepare to step off for the inaugural ADF White Ribbon Bridge to Bridge Run/Walk in Canberra. (Front left to right) Commander Henry Finnis and Warrant Officer (WO) Dale Young. (Rear from left) Petty Officer Bryan Clifford, WO Greg Whyte, Mr Andrew Florance, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) John Belford and CPO Ron Pritchard.

Navy personnel joined forces with their Army, Air Force and Defence Civilian colleagues yesterday, to take the White Ribbon message to the Canberra community. 

Chief of Army inspects Navy’s future

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, inspects the graduating officers of New Entry Officers' Course 49 during their Passing Out Parade held at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Bianchi)

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, inspects the graduating officers of New Entry Officers' Course 49 during their Passing Out Parade held at HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay.

The 49th New Entry Officers’ Course has graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College, at HMAS Creswell.