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Royal Australian Navy seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow as part of Operation MANITOU.

The Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 900 kilos of heroin worth approximately $279 million during two boarding operations that took place 21-23 December 2018 as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Ballarat first patrol off to a strong start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat (centre), with the United States Coast Guard vessels USCGS Maui (distant) and Adak conduct a combined patrol in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of the Combined Task Force 152's mission to promote regional stability and security.

HMAS Ballarat has completed a successful first patrol in the Middle East. Over seven days, the Australian warship conducted joint operations with the US Coast Guard and the Iraqi and Kuwaiti navies, and carried out almost 90 vessel boardings and approaches.

Deployed Ballarat crew able to video chat with home

Published on by LEUT Kane Stuart (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

ABML-P Ellen Storie-Gregory (left) and LSCSO Kaitlin Shaw (second left) keep in contact with family and friends via social media from the Junior Sailors' Mess, using HMAS Ballarat's Wi-Fi network.

Ship's Company onboard HMAS Ballarat, deployed on operations to the Middle East, have access to the very best communication with family and friends while they are away.

Navy to trial dual postings options

Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

File image: Boatswains mates in HMAS Newcastle, Able Seaman Andrew Gill and Seaman Nathaniel Sanders, conduct 12.7mm heavy machine gun drills with Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Jeffrey East, during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

File image: Boatswains mates in HMAS Newcastle, Able Seaman Andrew Gill and Seaman Nathaniel Sanders, conduct 12.7mm heavy machine gun drills with Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Jeffrey East, during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

The Royal Australian Navy recently released a signal calling for volunteers from the Maritime Logistics, Communications Information Systems and Boatswains Specialisations to undertake a dual posting pilot against selected platforms and Shore Establishments.

New loans announced for long term sailors

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017.

Members who have served 7 years or more will be eligible for interest-free loans of up to $7000 under a new initiative by the RAN’s Relief Trust Fund announced this month.

PO Kevin West wins Bradley Meek award

Published on by LCDR Colin Painter (author)

Captain Craig Powell presents the 2018 Bradley Meek award to Petty Officer Kevin West. (photo: )

Captain Craig Powell presents the 2018 Bradley Meek award to Petty Officer Kevin West.

On 5 May 1998, a fire on HMAS Westralia (II) claimed the lives of four crew members. Leading Seaman Bradley Meek was one of the sailors who perished.

Navy technician has some advice for anyone thinking of returning

Published on by Mrs Rachael Reynolds (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Michael Claessens recommends returning to Navy via some Reserve service for members who have been out for some time. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Chief Petty Officer Michael Claessens recommends returning to Navy via some Reserve service for members who have been out for some time.

A Navy Chief Petty Officer who initially left Navy in 2008 has returned and slotted seamlessly back into service.

Recognising technical skills and knowledge of Navy’s engineering community

Published on by Ms Kerrie Moore (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Director General Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, CSC, RAN, at a Navy Engineering Career Continuum Go-Live event held at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Director General Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, CSC, RAN, at a Navy Engineering Career Continuum Go-Live event held at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

The first Mastery assessment cycle has started for the Navy Engineering community.

Busy from go to WO

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight inspects graduating members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, May 2016. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight inspects graduating members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, May 2016.

On the 25th anniversary of the creation of the position of Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), the incumbent, WO-N Gary Wight reflects on the role.

Principal Chaplain's end of year message

Published on by PCHA Collin Acton (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

File image: Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017.  (photo: Jay Cronan)

File image: Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017.

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