Topic: Search and Rescue (SAR)

'Forever indebted for your efforts’ - solo sailor thanks HMAS Ballarat after daunting rescue

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

2018 Golden Globe Race competitor Gregor McGuckin smiles as he prepares to disembark HMAS Ballarat after the ship returns safely home to Fleet Base West from a search and rescue operation in the Indian Ocean. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

2018 Golden Globe Race competitor Gregor McGuckin smiles as he prepares to disembark HMAS Ballarat after the ship returns safely home to Fleet Base West from a search and rescue operation in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Ballarat has returned to port after participating in a search and rescue mission for two solo round-the-world yachtsmen.

HMAS Ballarat on her way home after search and rescue mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Rebecca Ainsworth, RAN (right), MH-60R Aviation Warfare Officer Lieutenant Christopher Evill, RAN (left), and Able Seaman Medic Renne Simmons, rehearse assembling a casualty stretcher as HMAS Ballarat answers a call to assist a maritime emergency in the Indian Ocean. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Medical Officer Lieutenant Rebecca Ainsworth, RAN (right), MH-60R Aviation Warfare Officer Lieutenant Christopher Evill, RAN (left), and Able Seaman Medic Renne Simmons, rehearse assembling a casualty stretcher as HMAS Ballarat answers a call to assist a maritime emergency in the Indian Ocean.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat has praised the proficiency of his ship’s company after the frigate was ordered to crash sail to reach two participants in a global sailing event whose yachts had been de-masted in the Indian Ocean south of Perth.

HMAS Ballarat supports search and rescue for injured Golden Globe race sailors

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HMAS Ballarat steams toward Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean as part of efforts to rescue injured Indian solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Ballarat steams toward Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean as part of efforts to rescue injured Indian solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy.

HMAS Ballarat will reach Amsterdam Island tomorrow, ready to provide medical assistance to Indian Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy, injured in rough seas approximately 1800 nautical miles off the West Australian coast.

ADF assists in recovery of injured solo yachtsman

Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat ship's company prepare to cast off lines ahead of departure from  Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

HMAS Ballarat ship's company prepare to cast off lines ahead of departure from Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is assisting in the search and rescue effort for an injured solo yachtsman, approximately 1800 nautical miles off the West Australian coast.

Remembering Tony Bullimore

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), Kerry Berrington (News Limited) (photographer)

Solo round-the-world sailor Tony Bullimore (right) embraces Chief Petty Officer Peter Wicker, one of his rescuers from HMAS Adelaide (II) in January 1997. (photo: Kerry Berrington (News Limited))

Solo round-the-world sailor Tony Bullimore (right) embraces Chief Petty Officer Peter Wicker, one of his rescuers from HMAS Adelaide (II) in January 1997.

The Royal Australian Navy has paid tribute to solo sailor Tony Bullimore, who has passed away aged 79.

HMAS Toowoomba assists stricken yacht during RIMPAC

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), Fireman Jonathan Crawford (US Coast Guard) (photographer), Fireman Tristan Otto (US Coast Guard) (photographer), LSEW Matthew Jeffery (photographer)

Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) crew from HMAS Toowoomba and US Coast Guard Station Honolulu Response Boat-Medium crew respond to stricken yacht Gypsy, in distress off Hawaii. The vessel was towed back to port by the RB-M. (photo: Fireman Jonathan Crawford (US Coast Guard))

Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) crew from HMAS Toowoomba and US Coast Guard Station Honolulu Response Boat-Medium crew respond to stricken yacht Gypsy, in distress off Hawaii. The vessel was towed back to port by the RB-M.

HMAS Toowoomba was temporarily diverted from large-scale war games last weekend to assist in a real emergency off the coast of Hawaii.

A time of reconnaissance and rescues

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Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough from HMAS Sydney. (photo: )

Imagery Scanned from Navy Historic Archive of HMAS Queenborough from HMAS Sydney.

Amateur naval historians might suggest the early 1960s, before the Borneo Confrontation and the Vietnam War, was a quiet time for Australia’s Navy, but crew members in the Q-class fast anti-submarine frigates would disagree. 

Parramatta saves yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

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HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety. (photo: unknown)

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety.

Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia.

First search and rescue for MH-60R

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HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night. (photo: LEUT Richard Morris)

HMAS Perth's MH-60R leaves the flight deck while the ship is in Victoria, Seychelles, to assist the Seychelles' Coast Guard in a search and rescue mission after a civilian boat capsized during the night.

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. 

HMAS Broome assists in civilian search and rescue

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Lieutenant Commander Alicia Harrison, Commanding Officer HMAS Broome (centre) with Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Jake Mewett (left) and Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray, in Cairns to conduct maintenance on the ship.

Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Broome has assisted in a search and rescue of 12 people stuck in unfavourable sea conditions during a patrol in the Torres Strait recently.