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Royal Australian Navy takes lead in maritime security in Middle East and North Indian Ocean

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF150) Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN with the members of CTF150 rotation five on the steps of the Heritage Centre at Garden Island Fleet Base East, prior to their departure to the Middle East. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CCTF150) Commodore Daryl Bates, AM, RAN with the members of CTF150 rotation five on the steps of the Heritage Centre at Garden Island Fleet Base East, prior to their departure to the Middle East.

Australia is leading maritime security operations in the Middle East and North Indian Ocean after assuming command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) on 1 December.

HMAS Melbourne’s White Ribbon Day

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Taking a break from busy operations in the Middle East, HMAS Melbourne’s ship’s company gathered to reinforce the message that violence against women must end.

Operation RENDER SAFE delivers for the people of Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), SGT Hamish Paterson (photographer)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matt Deloraine and ABCD Daniel Bird prepare plastic explosives to clear unexploded ordnance in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Able Seaman Clearance Diver (ABCD) Matt Deloraine and ABCD Daniel Bird prepare plastic explosives to clear unexploded ordnance in Russell Islands during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is winding up in Solomon Islands and has built on the success of previous RENDER SAFE operations to deliver a much safer physical environment for Solomon Islanders, while enabling the Australian Defence Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians to sharpen their skills.

Gympie girl prepares Christmas lunch at sea

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Seaman Jaimylee Hutchison onboard a patrol boat for Christmas, conducting border protection operations. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Seaman Jaimylee Hutchison onboard a patrol boat for Christmas, conducting border protection operations.

Like many across Australia this Christmas, Jaimylee Hutchison will be preparing lunch for a festive celebration. But instead of cooking at home, Jaimylee will be in the galley of a Navy Patrol Boat deployed in Australia's northern waters.

Away from home on duty - keeping watch for Santa

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Amy Beggs-French will be keeping watches at Northern Command in Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin this Christmas, to assist with the whole of government border protection operations. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Amy Beggs-French will be keeping watches at Northern Command in Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin this Christmas, to assist with the whole of government border protection operations.

The first person to see and report Santa’s arrival into Australia may just be former St Patrick’s College student Amy Beggs-French who is on duty with Operation RESOLUTE this Christmas in Darwin.

Canberra’s Elly sends Christmas wishes home from Operation RESOLUTE

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Elly Carter from Canberra, onboard HMAS Parramatta, will be spending her first Christmas away from her family conducting border protection operations in northern Australia. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Elly Carter from Canberra, onboard HMAS Parramatta, will be spending her first Christmas away from her family conducting border protection operations in northern Australia.

When 22 year old Elly Carter left Canberra’s Hawker College in 2009 she tried bar work and then time as a legal secretary, but she wanted do to something ‘out of the norm,’ while travelling and saving money.

Brisbane man set to hold the line this Christmas

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

ABET Saxon Barling is a former pizza delivery driver turned electrician from North Lakes in Brisbane with a world of opportunities in front of him. 
 (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

ABET Saxon Barling is a former pizza delivery driver turned electrician from North Lakes in Brisbane with a world of opportunities in front of him.

Saxon Barling is a former pizza delivery driver turned electrician with a world of opportunities in front of him and a world of responsibilities.

Tasmanian man looks forward to Steel Deck BBQ

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Joel Murray onboard HMAS Parramatta for Christmas, patrolling northern Australian waters. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Joel Murray onboard HMAS Parramatta for Christmas, patrolling northern Australian waters.

The weather over the Christmas/New Year period in Tasmania can be notoriously fickle, but one former Tasmanian who left to join the Navy and see the world is fairly confident he will be wearing shorts for at least some of Christmas Day.

All I want for Christmas is a speedy sea boat

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicholas Reedy onboard an Armidale class Patrol Boat with Attack Five crew alongside Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicholas Reedy onboard an Armidale class Patrol Boat with Attack Five crew alongside Darwin.

Able Seaman Nicholas Reedy may be away from home for the holidays, but while others wake up on Christmas morning to unwrap their presents, the former Toowoomba Harristown State High School student will be at sea manning the helm of a Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

Skipper set to share his turkey with the troops this Christmas

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

Commanding Officer of Ardent Three, Lieutenant Commander Michael Miller on the bridge where he will spend Christmas with his Cairns based crew. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

Commanding Officer of Ardent Three, Lieutenant Commander Michael Miller on the bridge where he will spend Christmas with his Cairns based crew.

A Cairns-based patrol boat skipper and his crew will be missing Christmas at home this year as they remain at sea in northern Australian waters for border protection operations.