Section: Operations

Choules crew communicates cooperation

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Able Seaman Benjamin Heron, a Communications and Information Systems sailor aboard HMAS Choules, talks with members of the Papua New Defence Force during an International Visual Morse Code practical exercise at Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

Able Seaman Benjamin Heron, a Communications and Information Systems sailor aboard HMAS Choules, talks with members of the Papua New Defence Force during an International Visual Morse Code practical exercise at Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

HMAS Choules’ Communications and Information Systems team have shown off their instructional skills, conducting visual Morse code training with Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel from Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

Moule takes the helm, sets course for the Middle East

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Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne whilst in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne whilst in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.

At 27 years of age, Lieutenant Albert Moule is responsible for sailing his warship, the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Melbourne, to the right place, at the right time, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne sails for SLIPPER

Published on by ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne.

Today, the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne set sail for a six-month operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

Mail brings big smiles to Newcastle's crew

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour.

Lollies, home-made biscuits, magazines and photographs of loved ones were just some of the things that made the crew of HMAS Newcastle smile, when the
ship received 460 kilograms of mail in July.

Explosive training on the ocean waves

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle.  *** Local Caption (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle. *** Local Caption

HMAS Newcastle’s specialist Clearance Divers have continued to practice their counter improvised explosive device techniques while at sea in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Career progression on operations: stokers look to the future

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Summers mans the Electrical Plant Control Console (EPCC) during a training exercise onboard HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s Marine Engineering Department has raised the bar on professional development during the ship's operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations, with some impressive results.

Newcastle and Rainier dance again

This article has photo gallery Published on by POIS Ollie Garside and LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).   (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle approaches United States Naval Ship Rainier to conduct Replenishment at Sea evolutions in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

HMAS Newcastle has conducted two Replenishment At Sea operations in two weeks with one of the world’s biggest combat supply vessels in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Old Mate Drops in for Tim Tams and Vegemite

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

Lieutenant Mike Forsythe, Lieutenant Commander Duncan Macrae and Lieutenant Phillip Garrett in the operations room onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Lieutenant Mike Forsythe, Lieutenant Commander Duncan Macrae and Lieutenant Phillip Garrett in the operations room onboard HMAS Newcastle.

Lieutenant Commander Duncan Macrae has been away from home for a long time. Recently, he experienced somewhat of a homecoming when he visited HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Area of Operations. 

HMAS Newcastle completes Arabian Gulf patrol

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

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party visits a dhow while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.
 (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party visits a dhow while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf.

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Newcastle has completed a week-long maritime security patrol in the Arabian Gulf.

HMAS Newcastle boards the US Navy's 'Ship in a Box' in Bahrain

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer)

USN Petty Officer Class Two Stephen Bird briefs members of HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party during a training exercise at the US Navy's 'Ship in a Box' in Bahrain. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

USN Petty Officer Class Two Stephen Bird briefs members of HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Party during a training exercise at the US Navy's 'Ship in a Box' in Bahrain.

HMAS Newcastle has conducted mission-focused Visit, Board, Search and Seizure training with the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard in the Kingdom of Bahrain.