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Capabilities put to immediate use

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The flight deck team of HMAS Tobruk load Australian Aid packages into the ship's embarked MRH90 helicopter, which will delivers the packages to remote parts of Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The flight deck team of HMAS Tobruk load Australian Aid packages into the ship's embarked MRH90 helicopter, which will delivers the packages to remote parts of Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

HMAS Albatross-based 808 Squadron was awarded the qualification of Operational Capability Maritime 1 just in time to deploy for Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015.

HMAS Tobruk at Dillon’s Bay

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Seaman Alysia Spence (right) and Able Seaman Paul Wosomo help unload Australian Aid supplies to the people of Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Seaman Alysia Spence (right) and Able Seaman Paul Wosomo help unload Australian Aid supplies to the people of Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Willing volunteers from HMAS Tobruk’s ship's company made their way ashore at Dillon’s Bay on Erromango Island, Vanuatu, on 30 March to assist with several humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tasks.

Tobruk provides running repairs

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Leading Seaman Dale Tiyce Nelson (right) and Seaman Callum Hunter help fix the engine of car that was damaged during Cyclone Pam at Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Leading Seaman Dale Tiyce Nelson (right) and Seaman Callum Hunter help fix the engine of car that was damaged during Cyclone Pam at Dillon Bay on the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Two 'stokers' from HMAS Tobruk put their mechanical skills to good use on 30 March when they went ashore at Dillon’s Bay on Erromango Island, Vanuatu, to repair the village chief’s ute.

Consolidated relief efforts in Vanuatu

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The Commanding Officer FNS Vendemiaire, Captain Herve Siret (left) travels with his heads of departments towards HMAS Tobruk via his ships sea boat to discuss ways the French and Australian ships can best help the people of Vanuatu during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Commanding Officer FNS Vendemiaire, Captain Herve Siret (left) travels with his heads of departments towards HMAS Tobruk via his ships sea boat to discuss ways the French and Australian ships can best help the people of Vanuatu during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

The commanding officers of the Australian and French Navy ships assisting with humanitarian operations in Vanuatu have met on HMAS Tobruk to discuss the coordination of relief efforts.

Palm Sunday at sea

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Army Chaplain Gary Smith conducts a Palm Sunday church service held on-board HMAS Tobruk while deployed on Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

Army Chaplain Gary Smith conducts a Palm Sunday church service held on-board HMAS Tobruk while deployed on Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Palm Sunday had an extra special meaning for those attending the weekly church service aboard HMAS Tobruk on 29 March during the ship’s deployment to Vanuatu on Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015. 

Ready reservists

Published on by FLTLT Daniel Phillips (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Captain Fabian Purcell, Australian Senior Medical Officer - Middle East Region (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Captain Fabian Purcell, Australian Senior Medical Officer - Middle East Region

The Australian Defence Force has a long history of operational service and is currently supporting 14 operations overseas and within Australia to protect Australia and its national interests.

ADF brings relief to Vanuatu over Easter

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Australian Army soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment sailing back to HMAS Tobruk after dropping much needed supplies ashore to the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Australian Army soldiers from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment sailing back to HMAS Tobruk after dropping much needed supplies ashore to the island of Erromango, Vanuatu, during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

Humanitarian assistance will continue to flow into the most heavily affected areas of Vanuatu over the Easter period.

HMAS Newcastle deploys to Middle East

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Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Jovanne Damiao, with Lizbeth and daughter Izabella, before departing on HMAS Newcastle, for the Middle Eastern region. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Jovanne Damiao, with Lizbeth and daughter Izabella, before departing on HMAS Newcastle, for the Middle Eastern region.

HMAS Newcastle was farewelled from Garden Island, Sydney on 1 April, setting course for the Middle East Region where she will spend six months deployed as part of Operation MANITOU.

Patrol Boats across the Pacific converge to help Vanuatu

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Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tapueluelu stands on the deck of the Tongan Patrol Boat Voea Neiafu in Mala Wharf, Port Vila, Vanuatu.   (photo: CAPT Jessie Platz)

Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tapueluelu stands on the deck of the Tongan Patrol Boat Voea Neiafu in Mala Wharf, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The international response to the crisis in Vanuatu has been nothing short of exemplary, with immediate contributions from countries like Australia, New Zealand, France, USA, UAE and South Korea.

The power and the passion

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (author)

High Voltage Manager, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Alf Beinke, with the propulsion transformers onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

High Voltage Manager, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Alf Beinke, with the propulsion transformers onboard HMAS Choules.

It was 1986 when young a Aaron Beinke first thought of joining the Navy; he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Technician and has never looked back.