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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.

Royal Australian Navy says goodbye to Captain Howard Furness

Published on by Ms Eliza Bavin (author)

Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT) RADM Tim Barrett shakes hands with Chief Staff Officer Regulation and Safety CAPT Howard Furness at the Maritime Safety Bureau launch. (photo: NIU-East 3)

Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT) RADM Tim Barrett shakes hands with Chief Staff Officer Regulation and Safety CAPT Howard Furness at the Maritime Safety Bureau launch.

Captain Howard Furness will be retiring from the Navy this year, leaving behind very large shoes to fill, as well as decades worth of knowledge and memories.

HMAS Albatross embraces White Ribbon movement

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Adam Wright (photographer)

Sue Davies, Coordinator YWCA Nowra Domestic Violence Intervention Services pins a White Ribbon on Commander Mat Bradley, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross. (photo: Mr Adam Wright)

Sue Davies, Coordinator YWCA Nowra Domestic Violence Intervention Services pins a White Ribbon on Commander Mat Bradley, Executive Officer HMAS Albatross.

This week, Sue Davies and Louise Williams from the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention Service program were guest speakers at a morning tea held at HMAS Albatross in support of White Ribbon Day and the campaign to stop violence against women.

NHQ Tasmania embraces the White Ribbon message on White Ribbon Day

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Brigadier John Withers discusses general ethical behaviours with those attending the White Ribbon Day presentations at Anglesea Barracks in Hobart.       (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Brigadier John Withers discusses general ethical behaviours with those attending the White Ribbon Day presentations at Anglesea Barracks in Hobart.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania took the lead in organising a presentation and morning tea to help raise awareness about White Ribbon Day and its significance to Australian Defence Force personnel serving at Anglesea Barracks in Hobart.