Section: Operations

Democracy at sea

Published on by LEUT Laura Ball (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

LEUT Alisha Withers prepares a postal vote while HMAS Newcastle is berthed at Aqaba, Jordan during the 2013 elections.

Fifteen thousand kilometres away from the polling booths at Australian primary schools and the smell of the fundraising sausage sizzles, members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company had their say in the 2013 Australian Federal Election.

HMAS Choules helps commemorate Manus Provincial Government Day

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

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

Personnel from HMAS Choules take part in a Manus Provincial Government Day march.

Crowds of locals gathered on the shores of Manus Island to watch members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and HMAS Choules march side by side to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Manus Provincial Government Day.

A view from the other side

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Rachel Jones (author), LEUT Suresh Kumar (author), LCDR Ludovic Miller (photographer), POEW Ben White (photographer), ABBM Troy Bennett (photographer)

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria's fueling hose is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a Replenishment at Sea in the Gulf of Aden. (photo: ABBM Troy Bennett)

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria's fueling hose is connected to HMAS Newcastle during a Replenishment at Sea in the Gulf of Aden.

While operating together in the Gulf of Aden, HMAS Newcastle and the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) replenishment ship Fort Victoria, conducted a cross-deck for the day for six lucky sailors.

Friendly footy bolsters bond between Choules and PNGDF

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

LS Morgan Kovo, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and SBLT Samuel Fraser a member of HMAS Choules, during a game of soccer at Tarangau Naval Base. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

LS Morgan Kovo, Papua New Guinea Defence Force, and SBLT Samuel Fraser a member of HMAS Choules, during a game of soccer at Tarangau Naval Base.

It’s not everyday you get to see an international sports competition, but members of HMAS Choules are creating their own, matching up against Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) personnel from the Tarangau Naval Base, Manus Island.

British Lions reunite onboard HMAS Newcastle

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

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMS Kent's Merlin helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle during a ship transfer activity in the Middle East Area of Operations.

A Royal Navy Officer recently ‘hitched a ride’ across the Red Sea onboard HMAS Newcastle, while trying to make his way home to England.

Newcastle and Somme hat-trick captured in time-lapse

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LEUT Sarah West (photographer), POIS Ollie Garside (videographer), POIS Ollie Garside and POIS Paul Berry (video editing)

HMAS Newcastle crosses lines with French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme during a Replenishment at Sea.
 (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

HMAS Newcastle crosses lines with French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme during a Replenishment at Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s third Replenishment at Sea activity in the Middle East Area of Operations was conducted with the French Command and Replenishment Ship FS Somme.

HMAS Newcastle completes counter-terrorism focused operation

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

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

One of HMAS Newcastle's Ridged Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) returning from boarding operations.

In July, HMAS Newcastle completed an intensive counter-terrorism focused operation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden with the multi-national Combined Task Force 150.

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

Published on by ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne while 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 while 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.