Section: Operations

Newcastle's crew finds the lost city of Petra

Published on by LEUT David Osborne (author), ABBM Troy Bennett (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Newcastle took time off to explore the ruins of Petra during a recent visit to Jordan. (photo: ABBM Troy Bennett)

Personnel from HMAS Newcastle took time off to explore the ruins of Petra during a recent visit to Jordan.

At the end of their third Middle Eastern patrol, the crew of HMAS Newcastle visited the Jordanian port of Aqaba for a five-day respite visit. It was the first time in 12 months an Australian Naval Ship has ventured into the far north Red Sea.

Newcastle has a last hurrah

Published on by LEUT David Osborne (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme talks to the crew of HMAS Newcastle during a recent port visit to Fujairah. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme talks to the crew of HMAS Newcastle during a recent port visit to Fujairah.

HMAS Newcastle conducted her last port visit in the Middle East Area of Operations when she pulled into Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on 17 September.

HMAS Warramunga refuels at Port Dampier

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), POEW Owen Negus (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga refuelling at Dampier with the assistance of Caltex refueler Bro Nakskov. (photo: POEW Owen Negus)

HMAS Warramunga refuelling at Dampier with the assistance of Caltex refueler Bro Nakskov.

HMAS Warramunga, continued her patrolling in the North West Shelf region and took the opportunity to undertake a modern adaptation of the traditional ships “bunkering”.

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle bound for the Middle East

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), Mr Pup Elliott (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle port mid morning on Sunday, 15 September bound for the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: Mr Pup Elliott)

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle port mid morning on Sunday, 15 September bound for the Middle East Area of Operations.

As HMAS Melbourne readied for its departure from Fremantle Port on Sunday for the Middle East to participate in Operation SLIPPER members of ships company made their last mainland calls to family and friends, others ordered flowers or completed cards or letters to make the last postal service in Australia prior to their departure for the Middle East.

Rendering sea lanes safe - from the air

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Thomas Craig (author), POEW Ben White (photographer), LSA Richard Close (photographer), LSA Corey Wright (photographer), ABCD Michael McGuinness (photographer)

A member of Newcastle's clearance diving team is winched back onboard Newcastle's S70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. (photo: POEW Ben White)

A member of Newcastle's clearance diving team is winched back onboard Newcastle's S70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

HMAS Newcastle has conducted an Airborne Mine Disposal training exercise while patrolling in the Gulf of Aden in support of Operation SLIPPER.

Navy musicians ply trade in the MEAO

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer), CPL Chris Moore (photographer)

Commanding Officer Forces Entertainment LTCOL Ian Robinson with Navy personnel (L-R) LS Robert Flynn, AB Dayne Grindley, PO Raymond Dowler, AB Greg Turner, LEUT Brian O'Kane, LEUT Ben Vandermeer and LEUT Peter Croce.  (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commanding Officer Forces Entertainment LTCOL Ian Robinson with Navy personnel (L-R) LS Robert Flynn, AB Dayne Grindley, PO Raymond Dowler, AB Greg Turner, LEUT Brian O'Kane, LEUT Ben Vandermeer and LEUT Peter Croce.

Five Navy musicians are back in Australia after providing the back bone of support to the Forces Entertainment Tour of Afghanistan.

Up close and personal

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), POEW Owen Negus (photographer)

HMAS Warramunga gets up close and personal with a resource platform in the North West Shelf as it conducts an Intermediate Presence Patrol (IPA) in the region. (photo: POEW Owen Negus)

HMAS Warramunga gets up close and personal with a resource platform in the North West Shelf as it conducts an Intermediate Presence Patrol (IPA) in the region.

HMAS Warramunga, got up close and personal with some of the resource platforms in the North West Shelf as it conducted a Presence Patrol in the region.

Desert Visitor: Newcastle identifies stowaway

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kate Moncrief (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

 (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's new crew member Seaman Hoot.

Personnel onboard HMAS Newcastle have been surprised to find an unexpected sea rider onboard after their recent port visit to Aqaba, Jordan. While patrolling the Red Sea, a small brown owl had taken residence in the starboard hanger and proved to be quite a hit with Newcastle Ship’s Company.

Jordan makes for new friends and new skills

Published on by LEUT David Osborne and SBLT Matthew Stobo (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.  (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan.

The ship's company of HMAS Newcastle has conducted training exercises with the Royal Jordanian Naval Force in Aqaba, Jordan. The Australian warship is in the Middle East Area of Operations for six months, conducting maritime security patrols as part of Operation SLIPPER. 

HMAS Newcastle completes SOUTHERN LOOK in northern oceans

Published on by LCDR Luke Miller (author), POEW Ben White (photographer), HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK. (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Officer, LEUT Dave Osbourne interacts with Yemeni fisherman while conducting an Approach and Assist Visit during Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK.

During recent operations with Commander Task Force 151, HMAS Newcastle planned and conducted Focused Operation SOUTHERN LOOK, an international maritime engagement operation in the Gulf of Aden.