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Rendering sea lanes safe - from the air

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Thomas Craig (author), POEW Ben White (photographer), LSA Richard Close (photographer), LSA Corey Wright (photographer), ABCD Michael McGuinness (photographer)

A member of Newcastle's clearance diving team is winched back onboard Newcastle's S70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. (photo: POEW Ben White)

A member of Newcastle's clearance diving team is winched back onboard Newcastle's S70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

HMAS Newcastle has conducted an Airborne Mine Disposal training exercise while patrolling in the Gulf of Aden in support of Operation SLIPPER.

Navy musicians ply trade in the MEAO

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer), CPL Chris Moore (photographer)

Commanding Officer Forces Entertainment LTCOL Ian Robinson with Navy personnel (L-R) LS Robert Flynn, AB Dayne Grindley, PO Raymond Dowler, AB Greg Turner, LEUT Brian O'Kane, LEUT Ben Vandermeer and LEUT Peter Croce.  (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commanding Officer Forces Entertainment LTCOL Ian Robinson with Navy personnel (L-R) LS Robert Flynn, AB Dayne Grindley, PO Raymond Dowler, AB Greg Turner, LEUT Brian O'Kane, LEUT Ben Vandermeer and LEUT Peter Croce.

Five Navy musicians are back in Australia after providing the back bone of support to the Forces Entertainment Tour of Afghanistan.

Up close and personal

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), POEW Owen Negus (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga gets up close and personal with a resource platform in the North West Shelf as it conducts an Intermediate Presence Patrol (IPA) in the region. (photo: POEW Owen Negus)

HMAS Warramunga gets up close and personal with a resource platform in the North West Shelf as it conducts an Intermediate Presence Patrol (IPA) in the region.

HMAS Warramunga, got up close and personal with some of the resource platforms in the North West Shelf as it conducted a Presence Patrol in the region.

Desert visitor: Newcastle identifies stowaway

Published on by LEUT Kate Moncrief (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

 (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

Personnel onboard HMAS Newcastle were surprised to find an unexpected sea rider onboard after their recent port visit to Aqaba, Jordan.

Jordan makes for new friends and new skills

Published on by LEUT David Osborne and SBLT Matthew Stobo (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.  (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.

The ship's company of HMAS Newcastle has conducted training exercises with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force in Aqaba, Jordan.

HMAS Newcastle completes SOUTHERN LOOK in northern oceans

Published on by LCDR Luke Miller (author), POEW Ben White (photographer), HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK. (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK.

During recent operations with Commander Task Force 151, HMAS Newcastle planned and conducted Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK, an international maritime engagement operation in the Gulf of Aden.

Old friends reunite in the Middle East Area of Operations

Published on by SBLT Rachel Jones (author), LSA Corey Wright (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle and RFA Fort Victoria conducting a Replenishment at Sea evolution in the Middle East. (photo: LS Corey Wright)

HMAS Newcastle and RFA Fort Victoria conducting a Replenishment at Sea evolution in the Middle East.

On 13 August in the Arabian Sea, HMAS Newcastle reaffirmed an old friendship with the British replenishment ship, RFA Fort Victoria.

Melbourne’s good to go!

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POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment.

With a pipe from the Executive Officer it was all over. The ship and its company had passed the final assessment that began with a Mariner Skills Evaluation back in March and culminated in September with a final Force Protection assessment alongside Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Democracy at sea

Published on by LEUT Laura Ball (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections.

Fifteen thousand kilometres away from the polling booths at Australian primary schools and the smell of the fundraising sausage sizzles, members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company had their say in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.

HMAS Choules helps commemorate Manus Provincial Government Day

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march.

Crowds of locals gathered on the shores of Manus Island to watch members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and HMAS Choules march side by side to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Manus Provincial Government Day.