Topic: Operations

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Naval Police on ops in the north

Published on by AB Matthew Dobrincic (author)

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: )

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory.

Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) are gaining valuable operational experience early in their careers serving as members of the joint-enabled Transit Security Element (TSE).

Mine Hunter returns from north Asian deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

HMAS Gascoyne's forecastle berthing party prepare to come alongside HMAS Waterhen to re-unite with their families after the ships North East Asia Deployment.  (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Gascoyne's forecastle berthing party prepare to come alongside HMAS Waterhen to re-unite with their families after the ships North East Asia Deployment.

The Royal Australian Navy Minehunter, HMAS Gascoyne has returned to Australia after completing the longest voyage undertaken by a vessel of its class.

HMAS Hobart returns home, mission achieved, systems ready

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

HMAS Hobart Ship's Company line the forecastle during their entry into Sydney Harbour after returning from the United States for weapons trials. (photo: ABIS Kieren Whiteley)

HMAS Hobart Ship's Company line the forecastle during their entry into Sydney Harbour after returning from the United States for weapons trials.

Australia’s first Aegis combat system based guided missile destroyer, HMAS Hobart, has ended the year in spectacular style, conducting weapons and systems evaluations with the United States Navy off the US West Coast.

Maritime bonds built during APEC 2018

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Armidale Class Patrol Boats HMAS Larrakia and HMAS Glenelg lead HMNZS Otago in a sail past of HMAS Adelaide as the Australian and international maritime elements prepare to depart Fairfax Harbour, Port Moresby on completion of Operation APEC 2018 ASSIST. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Armidale Class Patrol Boats HMAS Larrakia and HMAS Glenelg lead HMNZS Otago in a sail past of HMAS Adelaide as the Australian and international maritime elements prepare to depart Fairfax Harbour, Port Moresby on completion of Operation APEC 2018 ASSIST.

The successful conclusion of APEC 2018 Leaders’ Week marked a very successful conclusion of a significant maritime security effort undertaken by Papua New Guinea and supported by international security partners Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

HMAS Broome on patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Max Logan (author), ABIS James Whittle (photographer)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Bree-Ann Garner, signals a vessel during sea trials aboard HMAS Broome off the coast of Darwin, NT. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Bree-Ann Garner, signals a vessel during sea trials aboard HMAS Broome off the coast of Darwin, NT.

As Navy commissions new Major Fleet Units, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadrons and construction begins on the new Offshore Patrol Vessels, the fleet of boats in Australia’s northern most approaches remains constantly on watch.

Rankin and her crew finally back home for Christmas

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

(L-R) XO HMAS Rankin, LCDR Simon O’Hehir; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Kerry Cousins (dressed as a panda); CO HMAS Rankin, CMDR Gary Lawton, RAN; Commander Submarine Force (Design), CAPT Doug Theobald, CSC, RAN; and Deputy Commander Submarine Force, CMDR Justin Cloney, RAN; stand together after HMAS Rankin berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

(L-R) XO HMAS Rankin, LCDR Simon O’Hehir; Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Submarines Kerry Cousins (dressed as a panda); CO HMAS Rankin, CMDR Gary Lawton, RAN; Commander Submarine Force (Design), CAPT Doug Theobald, CSC, RAN; and Deputy Commander Submarine Force, CMDR Justin Cloney, RAN; stand together after HMAS Rankin berths alongside Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West.

After nearly seven months away on deployment, the crew of HMAS Rankin has returned to Fleet Base West, to be met by the sight of familiar faces.

Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 900 kilos of heroin worth approximately $279 million during two boarding operations that took place 21–23 December 2018 as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat first patrol off to a strong start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security.

HMAS Ballarat has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East.

Deployed Ballarat crew able to video chat with home

Published on by LEUT Kane Stuart (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network.

Ship's Company onboard HMAS Ballarat, deployed on operations to the Middle East, have access to the very best communication with family and friends while they are away.