Topic: HMAS Melville (A246)

Survey skills strengthened through Aus-Tonga exchange

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Nicholas Rubendra (author and photographer), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer)

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: MIDN Nicholas Rubendra )

HMAS Melville, left, and HMAS Larrakia berthed at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The ship’s company of the Leeuwin-class survey ship HMAS Melville provided assistance to the maritime branch of His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga during a recent task group visit to Nuku’alofa.

Pacific mates make friendly rivals on the sporting field

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Max Logan (author), CPL Jessica de Rouw (photographer), SGT Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. (photo: CPL Jessica de Rouw)

Personnel from His Majesty's Armed Forces of Tonga and the ADF play a game of touch football at Tonga Navy establishment HMNB Masefield in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The islands of Tonga set the scene for some friendly competition during Joint Task Group 637.3’s recent visit to the Pacific nation’s capital Nuku’alofa. HMAF members joined personnel from HMA Ships Adelaide, Melville and Larrakia for touch football.

Melville delivers police boat to Loh Island

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Cooper Woods (author), ABHSO Rebecca Churches (photographer), LCDR Sara Barnett (photographer), LCDR Neil Davenport (photographer), CMDR Michael Kumpis (photographer)

HMAS Melville’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett presents Corporal Joe Meto, Vanuatu Police Force with an HMAS Melville plaque on the safe delivery of the Vanuatu Police Boat to Loh Island. (photo: ABHSO Rebecca Churches)

HMAS Melville’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Sara Barnett presents Corporal Joe Meto, Vanuatu Police Force with an HMAS Melville plaque on the safe delivery of the Vanuatu Police Boat to Loh Island.

HMAS Melville has delivered a watercraft from Port Vila to Vanuatu police in the vicinity of Loh Island, enabling the Ni-Vanuatu people to patrol the area, something that was previously not possible.

Gliding into the Coral Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Emily Kolokotas (author)

The Slocum Glider launch onboard HMAS Melville in the Coral Sea. (photo: )

The Slocum Glider launch onboard HMAS Melville in the Coral Sea.

HMAS Melville has deployed three Slocum Gliders in vicinity of the Coral Sea, as part of the SEA2400 trials and Australia’s continued efforts to test new technology to enhance the hydrographic surveying capabilities of the Navy and the Nation.

 

Surveying Dampier Strait ‘with determination’

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Matthew Rodert (author)

HMAS Melville conducts survey operations in Papua New Guinean waters.

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HMAS Melville conducts survey operations in Papua New Guinean waters.

As part of the Royal Australian Navy’s ongoing commitment to its historically strong partnership with its regional neighbour Papua New Guinea, a number of Hydrographic Surveying vessels have been deployed to improve charting accuracy in the region.

Blue Crew shines in Cairns

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales speaks to Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Jessica Parsons onboard HMAS Leeuwin in Cairns. (photo: LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales speaks to Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Jessica Parsons onboard HMAS Leeuwin in Cairns.

Personnel of Hydrographic Ship Blue Crew have become the first hydrographic unit to be awarded The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup.

Mateship recognised as Australians honoured by US Marine Corps

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

The Commanding General, Marine Forces Pacific, Lieutenant General David Berger, USMC presented a US Meritorious Unit Commendation to Australian Defence Force personnel involved in the recovery efforts following the crash of a USMC MV-22 Osprey aircraft, onboard HMAS Adelaide, Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)

The Commanding General, Marine Forces Pacific, Lieutenant General David Berger, USMC presented a US Meritorious Unit Commendation to Australian Defence Force personnel involved in the recovery efforts following the crash of a USMC MV-22 Osprey aircraft, onboard HMAS Adelaide, Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The United States Marine Corps has awarded a rare honour to 107 Australian Defence Force members who helped recover a US Marine aircraft off the north Queensland coast late last year.

View from the top for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

The Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight flight located in Cairns, Queensland.

Regularly flying over the Great Barrier Reef is one of the perks of the job for Able Seaman Hydrographic System Operator Scott Thomas, who is part of the small but highly-skilled Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder or LADS, Flight based in Cairns.

Stalwart on the line in Sabre

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Daniel Kay (author), Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy frigate helicopter HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) steams through the water as part of a large-scale amphibious assault during Talisman Saber 17. (photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch)

The Royal Australian Navy frigate helicopter HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) steams through the water as part of a large-scale amphibious assault during Talisman Saber 17.

With a potent mix of sophisticated sensors and human ingenuity, HMAS Anzac has ‘protected’ a maritime advance force consisting of hydrographic ships, coastal mine hunters and clearance divers at Freshwater Beach in Central Queensland as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE.

Gearing up for TALISMAN SABRE

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

HMAS Darwin, ESPS Cristobal Colon, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Melbourne enter  in line astern formation, in Sydney Harbour New South Wales, Australia. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

HMAS Darwin, ESPS Cristobal Colon, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Melbourne enter in line astern formation, in Sydney Harbour New South Wales, Australia.

Australian and US forces are gearing up for mid- to high-intensity warfare against ‘near-peer’ adversaries on the month-long Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, which begins at the end of June. HMA Ships Canberra, Choules, Anzac, Toowoomba, Ballarat, Darwin, Melbourne, Success, Diamantina, Huon, Gascoyne and Melville will all take part.