Section: Operations

Stokers fix mission critical equipment in the MEAO

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle sailors Able Seaman Phil Mercieca and Able Seaman Blake Wade hard at work on the ship's degaussing system. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle sailors Able Seaman Phil Mercieca and Able Seaman Blake Wade hard at work on the ship's degaussing system.

Two Marine Technicians onboard HMAS Newcastle have repaired a mission-critical piece of equipment to allow the Australian warship to continue her operational tasking in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Birdies put on light show for Newcastle’s crew

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter has lit up the evening sky in the Middle East Area of Operations, while firing its complement of missile counter-measure flares above the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle tackles smuggling in the Red Sea

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.

Divers Remove Obstruction to Keep HMAS Newcastle on Patrol

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle’s Ship’s Dive Team has earned a ‘Bravo Zulu’ from the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF633) while in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), for conducting a complex underwater evolution to remove an obstruction from the Ship’s main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle participates in Counter Terrorism Operation

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a Dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.


 (photo: LSEW Melissa Girling)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team conducts an approach and assist visit with a Dhow in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Newcastle is participating in a focused operation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea as part of the international campaign against terrorism.

Australian Clearance Divers clean up unexploded ordnance in the Solomon Islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR David Ince (author), POMTO Chris Weissenborn (photographer)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal. (photo: POMTO Chris Weissenborn)

CPOCD Darren Smith emerging from the water with an unexploded US 90mm shell for disposal.

Between 19 June and 5 July 2013, Australian Clearance Divers from the MCD Group, a part of an International Joint task Group headed up by the New Zealand Navy, were on the ground and in the waters around New Georgia to carry out Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

HMAS Newcastle Replenishes at Sea in the Gulf of Aden

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

A heavy pallet of food stores being transfered via heavy jackstay from USNS Patuxent to HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s Ship’s Company has battled through 35-degree heat and 97-percent humidity to complete multiple replenishment operations with the United States Naval Service ship USNS Patuxent in the Gulf of Aden, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Newcastle in search for missing fishermen in the Indian Ocean

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team inspecting the damage onboard the Chung Ying. (photo: LSEW Melissa Girling)

HMAS Newcastle's boarding team inspecting the damage onboard the Chung Ying.

HMAS Newcastle has combined with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N) warship Mianyang to search for survivors of a damaged fishing trawler in Middle Eastern waters.

Newcastle stops in Dar es Salaam

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Trent Bancroft (author), LSEW Georgina Herdmun (photographer)

Warrant Officer Phil Smit (Ships Warrant Officer)  pays his respects at the World War I and II memorial at Dar es Salaam, Upanga Road, Cemetery. (photo: LSEW Georgina Herdmun)

Warrant Officer Phil Smit (Ships Warrant Officer) pays his respects at the World War I and II memorial at Dar es Salaam, Upanga Road, Cemetery.

HMAS Newcastle visited the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam from 16-20 June 2013 after a busy patrol period in the Somali Basin.

A Day with Somme

Published on by LEUT Suresh Kumar (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jerrad Coomber and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew McKechnie- Cooke heaving in on the hose line with other members of Ship's Company backing them up. (photo: POEW Ben White)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jerrad Coomber and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew McKechnie- Cooke heaving in on the hose line with other members of Ship's Company backing them up.

Since her arrival in May, HMAS Newcastle (CMDR Paul O’Grady, CSM) conducted her third Replenishment at Sea (RAS) evolution in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the French Navy’s FS Somme on 09 Jun 2013.