Section: Operations

Toowoomba steadfast at sea throughout operational deployment

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East.

For the past six months, HMAS Toowoomba has been in the Middle East on Operation MANITOU supporting the International Maritime Security Construct to maintain freedom of navigation, international law and free flow of commerce.

HMAS Toowoomba departs Middle East after successful mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ Brad Richardson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba patrols the Southern Arabian Gulf in support of the International Maritime Security Construct as part of her six month deployment to the Middle East.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba is returning home to Australia after completing a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

HMAS Toowoomba proves interoperability in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by POA Sean Byrne (author and photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH60-R helicopter 'Nightmare' lands on the ship's flight deck after conducting a patrol in the Straits of Hormuz as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH60-R helicopter 'Nightmare' lands on the ship's flight deck after conducting a patrol in the Straits of Hormuz as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.

HMAS Toowoomba’s embarked MH-60R Seahawk ‘Nightmare’ is a valuable contribution to the International Maritime Security Construct in the Middle East that includes Albania, Bahrain, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA.

Rockingham sailor assists WA police

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Leigh Smith (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Seaman Boatswains Mate Kade Fitzsimmons, from Port Services at HMAS Stirling, at a police check point on Brand Highway in Hill River, Western Australia during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

Seaman Boatswains Mate Kade Fitzsimmons, from Port Services at HMAS Stirling, at a police check point on Brand Highway in Hill River, Western Australia during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

While deployed on Operation COVID-19 Assist in Western Australia, Rockingham resident Seaman Boatswains Mate Kade Fitzsimmons feels honoured to be helping stop the spread in his state.

Personnel mitigate pandemic’s spread on operations

Published on by LEUT Elliott Bannan (author), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer)

Australian medical staff at the medical facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: LSIS Craig Walton)

Australian medical staff at the medical facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Task Group Afghanistan’s medical contingent at the coalition medical facility at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is at the front line of efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Family support enables deployment

Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Kristy Bates deployed on Operation MAZURKA as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). (photo: UNKNOWN)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Kristy Bates deployed on Operation MAZURKA as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO).

Mother of two from Beenleigh in Brisbane, Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Kristy Bates is embracing the experience of leadership and communications on operations in Egypt.

Contact tracing support a success

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy doctor, Lieutenant Commander Anthony Carpenter, and the Commander of Department of Health and Human Services Victoria operations, Merrin Benert, at the State Control Centre in Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Royal Australian Navy doctor, Lieutenant Commander Anthony Carpenter, and the Commander of Department of Health and Human Services Victoria operations, Merrin Benert, at the State Control Centre in Victoria.

ADF personnel in Victoria have completed their supporting role as part of the contact tracing team with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, by by follow-up calling members of the community diagnosed with COVID-19 and people with whom they had been in close contact.

Commander thanks personnel for support during pandemic

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Commander Shore Forces, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, centre, speaks with Able Seaman Lincoln Matahau, left, and Able Seaman Daniel Sawaqed at Sydney International Airport during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Commander Shore Forces, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, centre, speaks with Able Seaman Lincoln Matahau, left, and Able Seaman Daniel Sawaqed at Sydney International Airport during Operation COVID-19 ASSIST.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy working in unique roles at Sydney International Airport and hotels to assist returning overseas passengers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have been thanked personally by Commander Shore Force Captain Stephen Bowater.

Navy provides a helping hand

Published on by LEUT Alex Hetherington (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Logistics Operator Jessica Gould is part of the Navy contingent at the JTF 629 Headquarters element in Sydney, Australia.  (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Logistics Operator Jessica Gould is part of the Navy contingent at the JTF 629 Headquarters element in Sydney, Australia.

Since the end of March, Navy has been contributing to Headquarters Joint Task Force 629 as part of the contribution to the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. 28 personnel ranging in rank from Seaman to Commodore are assigned, and their skills and experience are filling crucial roles.

Fleet Cyber Unit deploys in support of Op MANITOU

Published on by LCDR Simon Kelly (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Cryptologic Networks Jackson Cronin explains the results of a test to Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Brittany Ely while onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

Defending HMAS Toowoomba and deployed for the first time on operations in the Middle East is an element of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Cyber Unit - working across multiple systems and defending networks against cyber attack.