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From seaside to Sea Sparrows

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is seen with one of the tools of his trade - the 76mm Naval Gun aboard HMAS Melbourne during a patrol in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Warrnambool man's love of the ocean has led to a diverse career in seas far from home. Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Glenn Tayler is deployed onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is currently part of Operation MANITOU, Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces patrolling waters in the Middle East.

Warship warrior cuts for charity

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall (centre) forms part of a HMAS Melbourne boarding party as they prepare to board a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall (centre) forms part of a HMAS Melbourne boarding party as they prepare to board a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

When a Queanbeyan local left his hairdressing salon in Canberra to join the Navy he never expected to be doing his old trade on a warship in the middle of the Arabian Sea.

Queensland aviator on patrol

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Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Christopher Starling RAN, of HMAS Melbourne, prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea during Operation Manitou. As an aviation warfare officer aboard HMAS Melbourne, Lieutenant Starling coordinates the sensors and weapons on the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Christopher Starling RAN, of HMAS Melbourne, prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea during Operation Manitou. As an aviation warfare officer aboard HMAS Melbourne, Lieutenant Starling coordinates the sensors and weapons on the S-70B-2 Sea Hawk.

A Sunshine Coast man, Lieutenant Chris Starling, has taken his love of flying to a new level in the Middle East with the Royal Australian Navy.

Experience 'unforgettable' for junior officer

Published on by LCDR Paul Flynn (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer), SBLT Karl Hoopmann (photographer)

Midshipman Ashley Hill from Port Macquarie at HMAS Creswell. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Midshipman Ashley Hill from Port Macquarie at HMAS Creswell.

Growing up on the coast, and looking for a career travelling the world along with a healthy lifestyle, Midshipman Ashley Hill has certainly achieved some highlights since she joined the Navy in February 2015.

Dolphins a family affair

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author and photographer)

Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Benjamin Webb's father Mr Warren Webb presents his son with his new name badge featuring dolphins at a submarine qualification ceremony held at Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Benjamin Webb's father Mr Warren Webb presents his son with his new name badge featuring dolphins at a submarine qualification ceremony held at Submarine Training and Systems Centre, HMAS Stirling.

Twelve new sailors joined the Submarine service at a ceremony in Western Australia on 13 November. It was a very special day for Seaman Acoustic Warfare Analyst Benjamin Webb, who was presented his 'dolphins' by his father, Mr Warren Webb.

Eyes like a hawk on operations

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne.  HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Aircrewman Dean Kinna prepares for a mission in the Arabian Sea as a sensor operator for the Sea Hawk helicopter aboard HMAS Melbourne. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

It’s the eyes in the sky that give HMAS Melbourne its long-range advantage in the war against drugs.

From the outback to the high seas

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway maintains a .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway maintains a .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

North Queenslander Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Trey Norway is helping stop the illegal drug trade in the Arabian Sea.

Robust mentoring in Submarine Force

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Lee Webster talks to Submarine Force personnel about the Project Innovation mentoring program at Submarine Training Systems Centre, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Chief Petty Officer Lee Webster talks to Submarine Force personnel about the Project Innovation mentoring program at Submarine Training Systems Centre, Western Australia.

A submariner Lieutenant and Chief Petty Officer are at the centre of a mentoring program to help develop the future of the silent service.

World adventures for Electronics Technician

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Suzie Peterson is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Suzie Peterson is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

A Novacastrian's desire for big challenges and a little discipline have resulted in an international career with the Royal Australian Navy.

From Tooraweenah to Kabul

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), CPL Oliver Carter (photographer)

Lieutenant April Betts is deployed as Staff Officer to the Commander, Task Group Afghanistan based at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. (photo: CPL Oliver Carter)

Lieutenant April Betts is deployed as Staff Officer to the Commander, Task Group Afghanistan based at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

Sandwiched in the middle of her four sisters from the tiny New South Wales community of Tooraweenah, Lieutenant April Betts likes to joke about having middle-child syndrome.