December 30, 2015 by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)
Family and friends wave goodbye as HMAS Darwin pulls away from the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney.
It was a perfect Sydney day on 30 December as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, friends and family at Garden Island, to farewell HMAS
Darwin as the ship sailed for the Middle East region.
December 29, 2015 by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)
Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.
Melbourne personnel have completed a fourth successful drug seizure after seizing more than 100 kilograms of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean.
Over 216 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD$64 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East Region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne. After being siezed the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.
Melbourne has struck a third time against the trafficking of narcotics in the Middle East confiscating another 216 kilograms of high-grade heroin worth an estimated $64 million.
(R-L) Royal Australian Navy officer Commodore Jaimie Hatcher, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), accepts the ‘weight of command’ from Pakistan Navy officer Rear Admiral Muhammad Moazzam Ilyas under the watchful eye of Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan (Centre), Commander United States Fifth Fleet, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command and Commander Combined Maritime Forces during the CTF 150 Change of Command ceremony at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain on 8 December, 2015.
Australia has assumed command of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) as part of Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region after a Transition of Authority from the Pakistan Navy.
Members of the Ship's Company in HMAS Melbourne inspect 151 kilograms of heroin discovered in a fishing dhow off the east African coast.
Melbourne has seized another 151 kilograms of heroin, worth an estimated $AUD44.5 million, from a dhow off the east coast of Africa.
Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Lisa Nevell is working with the Combined Maritime Forces Maritime Operations Support Group based at the Naval Support Activity is Manama, Bahrain.
Leading Seaman Lisa Nevell made it to the wedding, but her honeymoon is on hold while she contributes to Australia's fight against terrorism.
Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Communications Information Systems Blake Ridge breaks HMAS Melbourne's International Callsign aboard the warship.
Seaman Ridge is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling the Middle East Region as part of Operation Manitou.
The suburbs of Brisbane couldn't contain Blake Ridge's desire for adventure.
Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Haggland provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East Region. Seaman Haggland is on his first sea trip and his first operational deployment.
A Western Sydney lad from Glenwood has just started his new life in the Navy and is already committed to a life at sea.
Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Support Operations Georgia Watson prepares for another watch at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation MANITOU.
A Newcastle local has taken her hospitality career to a new level by working in a venue with a moving floor and an ocean view.
Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman (LS) Communication Information Systems April Sadler is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. LS Sadler's morale is high as she was only married in January, but it is her mother who makes sure Melbourne's crew get a taste of home with the freshly baked cookies she regularly sends from home.
Melbourne's Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems April Sadler is patrolling Middle Eastern waters with a full stomach and smile on her face.