HMAS Newcastle has rounded out her busy six-month deployment to the Middle East, completing some ‘firsts’ and ‘lasts’ for Australian Navy ships in the region.
A team from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the Defence Science Technology Group, are preparing to take command of the next rotation for Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East.
Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Leticia Hosking has swapped a rowboat for much larger watercraft, serving overseas with the Royal Australian Navy.
Afghanistan is a long way from the ocean – especially for someone who’s used to serving at sea. Nursing Officer Lieutenant Lauren Keany, currently deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, is based at the NATO hospital in Kabul.
Within one year of joining the Royal Australian Navy, six officers have taken part in a critical humanitarian aid and disaster relief mission in Vanuatu.
HMAS Newcastle recently conducted a three-day port visit to Antsiranana, also known as Diego-Suarez, in Madagascar, deployed as part of Operation MANITOU.
HMAS Choules has delivered a combined force of 150 soldiers and marines from Australia and Tonga to New Zealand as part of Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO.
The Australian Defence Force deployed humanitarian supplies in September to provide relief to communities displaced from Vanuatu’s Ambae Island with the island’s Manaro Volcano threatening to erupt.
HMAS Warramunga and her ship’s company of 190 has departed Fleet Base East at Garden Island, Sydney for maritime security operations in the Middle East.
HMAS Newcastle has conducted the Royal Australian Navy’s first simultaneous operations of manned and unmanned aircraft during its current deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.