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HMAS Melbourne's boarding party off to flying start

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SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.

Band of Brothers pass the baton

Published on by LEUT Robert Perry (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations.

The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS Newcastle there was an added incentive.

Melbourne ready to run all the way home

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LSPT Ashley Correa during his afternoon training session on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

LSPT Ashley Correa during his afternoon training session on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The officers and sailors of the Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Melbourne, are embracing Ocsober, the annual fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October.

All topped-up and ready to go

Published on by LEUT Mathew Adams (author)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.

Final top up as HMAS Newcastle turns for home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ludovic Miller (author), Royal Canadian Navy (photographer)

Newcastle's last RAS in the MEAO with USNS Arctic. (photo: LS Dan Bard)

Newcastle's last RAS in the MEAO with USNS Arctic.

After a successful operational deployment, HMAS Newcastle conducted her final Replenishment at Sea in the Middle East and turned her sights to the long homeward journey.

Containing dangers in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Vines (author), POCD Joshua Drennan (photographer), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container. (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company has combined to remove a dangerous maritime hazard in the Gulf of Oman.

Twenty year milestone in civilian support at HMAS Watson

Published on by LCDR Tina Brown (author)

Mr Chris Demetri is presented with a ‘Secretary’s Award for Long Service’ by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin. (photo: )

Mr Chris Demetri is presented with a ‘Secretary’s Award for Long Service’ by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin.

At the start of October, Mr Chris Demetri was presented with his ‘Secretary’s Award for Long Service’ by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin.

Ship visits provide new opportunities for Cairns Navy pilot

Published on by CPO Dan Carter (author)

KRI Saltan Iskandar Muda, at Cairns for a port visit, 17 October 2013. (photo: LS Adams)

KRI Saltan Iskandar Muda, at Cairns for a port visit, 17 October 2013.

The influx of visiting warships to HMAS Cairns has provided local Port Services Manager, Lieutenant Commander Peter Mellick a chance to consolidate his pilotage skills a little faster than usual.

Bathurst on Bathurst

Published on by MIDN Jocelynne Booth Millichamp (author)

The ship's company of HMAS Bathurst, crewed by Aware Three, line the deck of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat for a photo opportunity, before the start of the Bathurst 1000 race. (photo: )

The ship's company of HMAS Bathurst, crewed by Aware Three, line the deck of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat for a photo opportunity, before the start of the Bathurst 1000 race.

The crew of HMAS Bathurst were able to take a break from patrolling the line at Christmas Island for Operation RESOLUTE recently so they could enjoy the Bathurst 1000 race.

Dibby goes home

Published on by LSHSO Lawrence McLean (author and photographer)

LSBM Barth Tiro conducts a Tide Camp during a survey of the Dawson Strait, Papua New Guinea. HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma deployed to the region in August 2013 to conduct a hydrographic survey of the Dawson Strait. (photo: LSHSO Lawrence McLean)

LSBM Barth Tiro conducts a Tide Camp during a survey of the Dawson Strait, Papua New Guinea. HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma deployed to the region in August 2013 to conduct a hydrographic survey of the Dawson Strait.

A chance to deploy as part of HMAS Mermaid’s ship’s company to conduct soundings in Dawson Strait, Papua New Guinea, was too good an opportunity for former Papua New Guinea native, Leading Seaman Bart Tiro to pass up.