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Melbourne masters Damage Control in the Middle East Area of Operations

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A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne.

"Missile closing starboard side, time on top one minute, disperse to port!" blares over the main broadcast speaker system. Fortunately for the Captain and ship's company of HMAS Melbourne, this is just a combat survivability training incident.

HMAS Melbourne turns toward home after successful Middle East deployment

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

"Piped-on!" Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, pays his respects while boarding HMAS Melbourne in Port Sultan Qaboos, Oman.

On the eve of her departure from the Middle East Area of Operations, the sailors and officers of HMAS Melbourne have been congratulated for their efforts while deployed as part of Operation SLIPPER.

Australian and Pakistani warships work together to seize large quantity of cannabis resin

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party gather around nearly two tonnes of hashish that lays piled on the ship's flight deck following a successful narcotics inderdiction operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party gather around nearly two tonnes of hashish that lays piled on the ship's flight deck following a successful narcotics inderdiction operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Melbourne and Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Alamgir have worked together to seize and destroy almost 2-tonnes of suspected cannabis resin with an estimated Australian street value of approximately $AUD 113 million.

Nursing Officer brings home lessons from Kandahar Airfield

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), LEUT Kate Mathias (author), CPL Chris Moore (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Kylie Storen is a member of the Australian Specialist Health Group based at the NATO Role 3 facility at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Moore)

Lieutenant Commander Kylie Storen is a member of the Australian Specialist Health Group based at the NATO Role 3 facility at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Kandahar Airfield is, for all intents and purposes, a sprawling city, home to thousands of coalition troops, civilian contractors and locally engaged employees. Tucked alongside one of the main runways you will find a NATO Multinational Medical Unit that is every bit a modern, first-world hospital and given its location inside a war zone.

HMAS Melbourne seizes estimated $AUS706 million of drugs in Middle East

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AUD$706 million dollars of drugs seized by the crew of HMAS Melbourne prior to being destroyed. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

AUD$706 million dollars of drugs seized by the crew of HMAS Melbourne prior to being destroyed.

HMAS Melbourne has seized and destroyed hundreds of kilograms of what is believed to be heroin with an estimated street value of $706 million Australian dollars.

Assail Two celebrates Australia Day

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSMT Alan Rickard (photographer)

Sunrise on Australia Day 2014 as seen from the bridge of Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Broome, north of the Tiwi Islands.
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Sunrise on Australia Day 2014 as seen from the bridge of Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Broome, north of the Tiwi Islands.

Far away from backyard barbies, beach cricket and fireworks, up to 800 Defence Force personnel, on land, at sea, and in the air, kept a diligent watch over northern waters during the Australia Day long weekend, 2014.

Three decades and still going strong

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10-inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10-inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk.

Burnie boy Scott Revell has travelled the world with the Royal Australian Navy but the Chief Petty Officer always enjoys returning home to Tasmania.

Career with a difference

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Adam Hoskinson on HMAS Tobruk's Flight Deck. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Adam Hoskinson on HMAS Tobruk's Flight Deck.

Petty Officer Adam Hoskinson is an Information Technology manager with a difference. You won't find him working in a standard office with a city outlook; instead Adam enjoys an ever-changing ocean view.

Tasmanian swaps the supermarket for a career at sea

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk.

Seaman Bradley Spinks swapped his job stacking the supermarket shelves for a career at sea - and couldn’t be happier with his decision.

Wynnum sailor makes it three for three

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for MILAN 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for MILAN 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region.

Wynnum local Christian Duncan was following in the footsteps of his two brothers, who serve in the Navy and Air Force, when he joined the Navy in 2008. Making the decision to join the Navy fulfilled the wishes of his late father, who always wanted all three sons to join the Australian Defence Force.