Topic: Operations

Maryborough man fights pirates on the high seas

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

Seaman Aaron Clancy onboard HMAS Newcastle deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Seaman Aaron Clancy onboard HMAS Newcastle deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

Seaman (SMN) Aaron Clancy started his working life as a trolley collector at a Maryborough shopping centre. Now he’s helping HMAS Newcastle fight the threat of piracy on the high seas.

Gosnells local helps keep ADF forces connected

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

Chief Petty Officer Leo Vredenbregt on the weapons training range at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Chief Petty Officer Leo Vredenbregt on the weapons training range at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

Leo Vredenbregt is an essential link in the chain that keeps Australian troops deployed in the Middle East connected with their families back home.

Jindabyne's Gun-Buster

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

Able Seaman Jerrad Coomber on 02 deck during the 76mm gun prefire inspection onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Jerrad Coomber on 02 deck during the 76mm gun prefire inspection onboard HMAS Newcastle.

Jerrad Coomber couldn’t be further from the snow that covers his hometown of Jindabyne in winter. In fact, the 27 year old Able Seaman is braving soaring temperatures and oppressive humidity in the Middle East where he is deployed on the Royal Australian Navy Ship HMAS Newcastle.

Broadmeadows Maritime Logistics sailor performing vital role in Middle East

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

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Logistics Sailor, Able Seaman Saluluelanei 'Lulu' Grey at work at Al Minhad Air Base. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Maritime Logistics Sailor, Able Seaman Saluluelanei 'Lulu' Grey at work at Al Minhad Air Base.

Saluluelanei ‘Lulu’ Gray from Broadmeadows is performing a vital role for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), keeping track of all the weapons used by Australian troops involved in Operation SLIPPER.

Melissa Girling - Mount Druitt

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

Leading Seaman Melissa Girling on the upper decks of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Leading Seaman Melissa Girling on the upper decks of HMAS Newcastle.

Mount Druitt’s Melissa Girling is the eyes and ears of the Australian warship HMAS Newcastle, which is carrying out operations in the Middle East.

How a Navy Officer found his land legs in Afghanistan

Published on by LEUT Kelli Lunt (author)

Lieutenant Commander Paul O'Hara in his full protective kit in Kabul, Afghanistan for Operation SLIPPER. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Paul O'Hara in his full protective kit in Kabul, Afghanistan for Operation SLIPPER.

When LCDR Paul O’Hara was selected for an Operation SLIPPER deployment, little did he know he would end up being land-locked in Afghanistan.

What has Warramunga been up to?

Published on by LCDR David Bettell (author), LEUT Frederik Visser (author)

HMAS Warramunga near Christmas Island. (photo: LEUT Frederik Visser)

HMAS Warramunga near Christmas Island.

HMAS Warramunga sailed from her home port Fleet Base West on 21 May 13 for her final deployment prior to entering the year-long Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade in November this year.

Birdies put on light show for Newcastle’s crew

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

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk releases counter measure flares over the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle’s S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter has lit up the evening sky in the Middle East Area of Operations, while firing its complement of missile counter-measure flares above the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle tackles smuggling in the Red Sea

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

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

HMAS Newcastle's S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter returns after completing numerous sorties in the Red Sea.

HMAS Newcastle has continued the multi-national fight against terrorism in the Middle East Area of Operations with a focused operation targeting weapons and drug smugglers operating in the Red Sea.

Divers remove obstruction to keep HMAS Newcastle on patrol

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

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Able Seaman Marco Valensise and Able Seaman Michael McGuinness remove wire from HMAS Newcastle's main propeller shaft.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s Dive Team has earned a ‘Bravo Zulu’ from the Commander Joint Task Force 633 (CJTF633) while in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), for conducting a complex underwater evolution to remove an obstruction from the Ship’s main propeller shaft.