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Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

HMAS Albatross' bell was formally presented to the Fleet Air Arm Museum by HMAS Albatross' Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, to the Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Mr Terry Hetherington, where it will be displayed alongside other Albatross artefacts.

For centuries ship’s bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of Navy vessels and their crews. They are routinely used to signal the hour on board a ship and to regulate sailors’ watches but one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ship's bell as a baptismal font for christenings.

USS Kidd arrives in Sydney for Australian first

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

United States Navy ship USS Kidd arrived into Sydney Harbour this week to conduct training with HMAS Sydney and experience Australia during a three day port visit.

Channel 7 gets a close look at Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock ship

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author)

Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra, Captain Jonathan Sadleir is interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Nick Etchells on the bridge of the first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), NUSHIP Canberra berthed at BAE Systems – Maritime Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria.  (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer of NUSHIP Canberra, Captain Jonathan Sadleir is interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Nick Etchells on the bridge of the first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), NUSHIP Canberra berthed at BAE Systems – Maritime Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria.

The Australian public will get a look inside Navy’s newest ship when Channel 7 airs a news story on their one-hour national news bulletin between 6pm and 7pm tonight (4 February 2014).

HMAS Darwin visits Muscat

Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

Special Sea Dutymen fall in on the forecastle of HMAS Darwin as the ship prepares to berth in Muscat, Oman. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Special Sea Dutymen fall in on the forecastle of HMAS Darwin as the ship prepares to berth in Muscat, Oman.

HMAS Darwin made the first port call of her Operation SLIPPER deployment at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat, Oman, earlier this week.

Melbourne masters Damage Control in the Middle East Area of Operations

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A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

A crew member in intermediate fire fighting rig prosecutes an incident, with a portable appliance, during a Combat Survivability exercise on board HMAS Melbourne.

"Missile closing starboard side, time on top one minute, disperse to port!" blares over the main broadcast speaker system. Fortunately for the Captain and ship's company of HMAS Melbourne, this is just a combat survivability training incident.

HMAS Melbourne turns toward home after successful Middle East deployment

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

"Piped-on!" Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, pays his respects while boarding HMAS Melbourne in Port Sultan Qaboos, Oman.

On the eve of her departure from the Middle East Area of Operations, the sailors and officers of HMAS Melbourne have been congratulated for their efforts while deployed as part of Operation SLIPPER.

Australian and Pakistani warships work together to seize large quantity of cannabis resin

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party gather around nearly two tonnes of hashish that lays piled on the ship's flight deck following a successful narcotics inderdiction operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party gather around nearly two tonnes of hashish that lays piled on the ship's flight deck following a successful narcotics inderdiction operation in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Melbourne and Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Alamgir have worked together to seize and destroy almost 2-tonnes of suspected cannabis resin with an estimated Australian street value of approximately $AUD 113 million.

Nursing Officer brings home lessons from Kandahar Airfield

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), LEUT Kate Mathias (author), CPL Chris Moore (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Kylie Storen is a member of the Australian Specialist Health Group based at the NATO Role 3 facility at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Moore)

Lieutenant Commander Kylie Storen is a member of the Australian Specialist Health Group based at the NATO Role 3 facility at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Kandahar Airfield is, for all intents and purposes, a sprawling city, home to thousands of coalition troops, civilian contractors and locally engaged employees. Tucked alongside one of the main runways you will find a NATO Multinational Medical Unit that is every bit a modern, first-world hospital and given its location inside a war zone.

HMAS Melbourne seizes estimated $AUS706 million of drugs in Middle East

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AUD$706 million dollars of drugs seized by the crew of HMAS Melbourne prior to being destroyed. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

AUD$706 million dollars of drugs seized by the crew of HMAS Melbourne prior to being destroyed.

HMAS Melbourne has seized and destroyed hundreds of kilograms of what is believed to be heroin with an estimated street value of $706 million Australian dollars.

Assail Two celebrates Australia Day

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSMT Alan Rickard (photographer)

Sunrise on Australia Day 2014 as seen from the bridge of Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Broome, north of the Tiwi Islands.
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Sunrise on Australia Day 2014 as seen from the bridge of Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Broome, north of the Tiwi Islands.

Far away from backyard barbies, beach cricket and fireworks, up to 800 Defence Force personnel, on land, at sea, and in the air, kept a diligent watch over northern waters during the Australia Day long weekend, 2014.