Topic: Operations

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.

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.

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.

Administering emergency responses in Melbourne

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Logistics- Personnel Rhiannon McWilliam communicates with the damage control centre during an emergency exercise on HMAS Melbourne. which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Able Seaman Marine Logistics- Personnel Rhiannon McWilliam communicates with the damage control centre during an emergency exercise on HMAS Melbourne. which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Life as a sailor may not be as glamorous as it is sometimes depicted in the movies, but on the other hand it sure isn’t mundane.

Fit for sea

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Callan McDonald (right) leads fitness training aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.  (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Callan McDonald (right) leads fitness training aboard HMAS Melbourne in the Arabian Sea. HMAS Melbourne is patrolling in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

It’s a flurry of action for a fitness fanatic on a warship patrolling the Arabian Gulf.

HMAS Broome assists in civilian search and rescue

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship.

Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Broome has assisted in a search and rescue of 12 people stuck in unfavourable sea conditions during a patrol in the Torres Strait recently.