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HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Navy photographer trains Afghan colleagues

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC). (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Andrew Dakin provides photography instruction for Afghan members of the the Kabul Garrison Command (KGC).

A Royal Australian Navy Imagery Specialist has helped the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces promote the important work of its soldiers.

Naval Police on ops in the north

Published on by AB Matthew Dobrincic (author)

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory. (photo: )

PTE Emily Burges and ABNPC Matthew Dobrincic of Transit Security Element 90 undertaking 9mm SLP continuation training at Darwin, Northern Territory.

Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) are gaining valuable operational experience early in their careers serving as members of the joint-enabled Transit Security Element (TSE).

Future focus earns Navy pilot Australia Day award

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Ben Crowther at the Jervis Bay Air Field in 2015, during a demonstration of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Commander Ben Crowther at the Jervis Bay Air Field in 2015, during a demonstration of the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system.

It’s hard to imagine Navy’s future capability without unmanned aerial systems, and the aviator who led the introduction of this technology into the Royal Australian Navy has been recognised with a Conspicuous Service Medal in the 2019 Australia Day Honours and Awards list.

Pouring Hart into bilateral relations earns CSC for Naval Attaché

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Naval Attache Jakarta, Captain Nick Hart and Laksamana Pertama TNI I.G Putu Wijamahadi shake hands at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony for Exercise NEW HORIZON. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Naval Attache Jakarta, Captain Nick Hart and Laksamana Pertama TNI I.G Putu Wijamahadi shake hands at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony for Exercise NEW HORIZON.

Captain Nick Hart poured his heart into enhancing Navy’s Defence bilateral relations with Indonesia during his time as Naval Attaché Jakarta. The commitment has earned him the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2019 Australia Day Honours and Awards list.

Oceanographer earns CSC for maritime drug interdiction ops

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN drives the ship to berth at the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba, Jordan. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN drives the ship to berth at the Royal Jordanian Naval Base in Aqaba, Jordan.

Captain Mark Sirois has been recognised in Saturday's Australia Day Honours and Awards list with the award of the Conspicuous Service Cross for his service in Command of HMAS Newcastle on operations in the Middle East Region. 

Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence awarded to silent service officer

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, is presented the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, is presented the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling.

The former Operations Officer of HMAS Waller has been awarded the 2018 Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence for displaying qualities of outstanding seagoing leadership.

Innovation earns Australia Day CSM for CPO Spencer

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Andrew Spencer in the Weapons Electrical Workshop at Fleet Support Unit-West on HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Andrew Spencer in the Weapons Electrical Workshop at Fleet Support Unit-West on HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

A Senior Sailor at HMAS Stirling has demonstrated significant leadership through innovating how weapons systems are maintained, earning himself a Conspicuous Service Medal in today’s Australia Day Honours and Awards list.

Navy surgeon honoured with AM for exceptional service

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), CPL Christopher Dickson (photographer), LSIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commander and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ian Young, at the office, an operating theatre of the NATO Role 3 Multi National Medical Unit in Kandahar. (photo: CPL Christopher Dickson)

Royal Australian Navy Commander and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Ian Young, at the office, an operating theatre of the NATO Role 3 Multi National Medical Unit in Kandahar.

After a long day of performing surgeries on multiple casualties at the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Air Field in 2012, Royal Australian Navy Orthopaedic Surgeon Ian Young found himself treating an Australian soldier who had been critically wounded by an IED explosion.

Australia Day 2019 Honours List - Royal Australian Navy

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Medals awarded to Navy personnel in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List - Military Division, from left, Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM); Commendation for Distinguished Service; Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC); and Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM). (photo: )

Medals awarded to Navy personnel in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List - Military Division, from left, Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM); Commendation for Distinguished Service; Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC); and Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM).

Twenty three members of the Royal Australian Navy have been recognised in today’s 2019 Australia Day Honours List.