Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)
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.
Lauren Briggs had mixed feelings when she proudly bade her partner, Able Seaman Medic Frank Ojeda, farewell when he left the wharf at Fleet Base East (FBE) last week, as he and his shipmates began their journey to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) in HMAS Melbourne.
Able Seaman Marine Technician Sean Byrne is preparing to deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations tomorrow, in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. But not before ‘dropping in’ to see his Mum and Dad in Western Australia.
Grafton man, Able Seaman Lloyd McKean, will deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations on Sunday in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. He's tasked with feeding his 240 hungry shipmates three meals a day, seven days a week for more than six months.
Able Seaman Chris Fairley will spend the next six month a long way from his hometown of Melbourne - conducting maritime security patrols in the Middle East Area of Operations as part of Operation SLIPPER.