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HMAS Newcastle and HMNZS Te Kaha seize over $800 million in narcotics

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ships company carry out the destruction of seized narcotics on the flight deck as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ships company carry out the destruction of seized narcotics on the flight deck as the ship and crew carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.

Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region during the past six weeks have seized almost a tonne of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $811 million.

HMAS Success returns from Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

HMAS Success sails towards Sydney Harbour as she returns back to her home port of Fleet Base East after being deployed on Operation Manitou. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

HMAS Success sails towards Sydney Harbour as she returns back to her home port of Fleet Base East after being deployed on Operation Manitou.

After six months conducting maritime counter terrorism, counter piracy and maritime support operations in the Middle East, HMAS Success returned home to Garden Island, Sydney today.

Commander Northern Command sleeps rough for Vinnies

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, Commander Northern Command (left) stands with Mr Cameron Hunter, guest speaker at the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout at East Point, Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commodore Brenton Smyth, RAN, Commander Northern Command (left) stands with Mr Cameron Hunter, guest speaker at the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout at East Point, Darwin.

Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth was subjected to a relatively cold, hard night on the streets of Darwin earlier this week, sleeping rough as part of the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

The life in the Navy for Zu – Keeping HMAS Choules safe

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

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zuleika Harper conducts maintenance on the Marine Evacuation System onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zuleika Harper conducts maintenance on the Marine Evacuation System onboard HMAS Choules.

HMAS Choules has a secret weapon, a quietly achieving Boatswains Mate.

Former Royal Marine helps implement amphibious capability

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Captain Jim  Hutton in the Troop Assembly Area (TAA) during Assault Stations onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Captain Jim Hutton in the Troop Assembly Area (TAA) during Assault Stations onboard HMAS Canberra.

Joining the Royal Navy as a Midshipman at the age of 17 and moving over to the Royal Marines a few years later where he spent the better part of 35 years, Captain Jim Hutton has more than enough experience to help the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) implement its amphibious capability in the new Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide.

Award for Waller crew

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Greg Thomms, Chief of the Boat in HMAS Waller, is presented the inaugural Ric Ellam Perpetual Award by Mrs. Olwen Ellam during a team building sports day at HMAS Stirling. The award recognises an individual's outstanding contribution to Waller during the year. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Chief Petty Officer Greg Thomms, Chief of the Boat in HMAS Waller, is presented the inaugural Ric Ellam Perpetual Award by Mrs. Olwen Ellam during a team building sports day at HMAS Stirling. The award recognises an individual's outstanding contribution to Waller during the year.

The crew of Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller have a special relationship with a United Kingdom family that is now enshrined in an annual award for excellence.

Townsville local recognised for selfless dedication to duty

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author)

Lieutenant Teri-Lee Ross from Townsville has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for her work as the Plans Officer and acting Operations Officer within the Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland), while supporting regional operations during the period 2012 to 2014. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Teri-Lee Ross from Townsville has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for her work as the Plans Officer and acting Operations Officer within the Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland), while supporting regional operations during the period 2012 to 2014.

Lieutenant Teri-Lee Ross from Townsville has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for her work as the Plans Officer and acting Operations Officer within the Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland), while supporting regional operations during the period 2012 to 2014.

'Iron Man' at Albatross

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Simon Levy in front of an 816 Squadron, S-70B-2 Seahawk at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Lieutenant Commander Simon Levy in front of an 816 Squadron, S-70B-2 Seahawk at HMAS Albatross.

It’s said that just finishing an Ironman triathlon should be considered a victory but for Lieutenant Commander Simon Levy taking his place at the starting line represented a considerable triumph.

Submariner's service honoured

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Captain Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN, during a Freedom of Entry March as part of the Centenary of Submarine celebrations in Fremantle, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Captain Matt Buckley, CSC, RAN, during a Freedom of Entry March as part of the Centenary of Submarine celebrations in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Captain Matt Buckley was born in Sydney and spent his childhood years growing up in Wollongong. He joined the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Navy Executive Coach receives Medal

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author)

Commander Rod Robinson, RAN, pictured during an address to RAN supply personnel during the 2010 Supply Community Forum, held at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. (photo: NIU-East 3)

Commander Rod Robinson, RAN, pictured during an address to RAN supply personnel during the 2010 Supply Community Forum, held at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

Commander Rod Robinson joined the Navy in 1982 as a Midshipman to see the world and because he was attracted to the sea. Which was something very different to the country town where he grew up in Far North Queensland. He was also attracted to the idea of leading others in challenging circumstances.