Section: Operations

Operation RENDER SAFE Task Force welcomed to Solomon Islands

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Commander of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, CMDR Doug Griffiths addresses Combined Joint Task Force 663 in an opening brief at the headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Members of an Australian led multi-nation task force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country this week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.

RENDER SAFE 2013 - clearance operations commence

Published on by WOCSMMW Darren Chapman (author), CAPT John Leathley (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and  made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013. (photo: CAPT John Leathley)

21 pieces of World War II ordnance, which were located and made safe near Honiara International Airport in the Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013.

Less than 24 hours after the establishment of the headquarters for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 in Solomon Islands, elements of the JTF 663 Advanced Party partnered with elements of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to locate and make safe explosive remnants of war near Honiara International Airport.

HMAS Choules says thanks and farewell with ceremonial sunset

Published on by SBLT Brittany Smith (author), LSCSO Matthew Limb (photographer)

CO HMAS Choules Commander Ashley Papp presents CO Tarangau Naval Base Commander Peter Tupma with a framed memory. (photo: LSCSO Matthew Limb)

CO HMAS Choules Commander Ashley Papp presents CO Tarangau Naval Base Commander Peter Tupma with a framed memory.

HMAS Choules recently hosted an Official Reception and Ceremonial Sunset to mark the end of their mission as part of Operation LANDSCAPE.

RENDER SAFE arrives in Honiara

Published on by LCDR Richard Caton (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Personnel unload cargo from a Hercules C130 after landing at Honiara Airport for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance mission in the Solomon Islands.

A tri-Service advance party for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 arrived in Honiara via a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules late in the evening of 28 October.

Choules training takes to new heights

Published on by LEUT Sarah Mills (author and photographer)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Brett Duncan starts the descent from HMAS Choules superstructure for a working at heights training course. (photo: LEUT Sarah Mills)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Brett Duncan starts the descent from HMAS Choules superstructure for a working at heights training course.

Sailors and Soldiers of HMAS Choules recently had the chance to undertake Height Safety training while deployed in support of Operation LANDSCAPE.

Navy EOD mission ready for Op SLIPPER

Published on by USN and CPOCD Michael Barnes LTJG John Burkhart (author), CMDR Doug Griffiths (photographer)

LEUT Wall and ABCD Wheeldon. (photo: CMDR Doug Griffiths)

LEUT Wall and ABCD Wheeldon.

Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers from Team Four were recently put through their paces during a complex Mission Readiness Evaluation (MRE), to prepare them for operational deployment.

HMAS Melbourne apprehends alleged pirates

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POA Damian Cox (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.

HMAS Melbourne has apprehended nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia during a maritime security patrol in the region. 

Mission success for first mine-hunter Operation RESOLUTE boarding

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

First lines are passed as HMAS Huon prepares to berth alongside HMAS Waterhen, returning home after four months deployed assisting Operation RESOLUTE in Australia's north. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

First lines are passed as HMAS Huon prepares to berth alongside HMAS Waterhen, returning home after four months deployed assisting Operation RESOLUTE in Australia's north.

In September, just in time to participate in the International Fleet Review, HMAS Huon returned from four months on deployment, including a 12-week stint on Operation RESOLUTE.

Divers take the lead in RENDER SAFE 2013

Published on by LCDR Richard Caton (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

File image: (L-R) PO Max Rivu, CPL Joshua Irvine, LS Medic Crosdale, ABCD Jesse McMichael, PO Daniel Koim and SMNCD Brent McGregor with a collection of WWII Japanese 75mm projectiles found in a cave during Operation RENDER SAFE 2011, in Rabaul, PNG. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

File image: (L-R) PO Max Rivu, CPL Joshua Irvine, LS Medic Crosdale, ABCD Jesse McMichael, PO Daniel Koim and SMNCD Brent McGregor with a collection of WWII Japanese 75mm projectiles found in a cave during Operation RENDER SAFE 2011, in Rabaul, PNG.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is on track to begin next month. The mission is a standing Australian Defence Force operation to help remove the explosive remnants of war from the South Pacific.

Duty first for HMAS Melbourne

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Despite the national excitement surrounding the Fleet Entry and the International Fleet Review, it was a case of duty first for HMAS Melbourne and her dedicated ship’s company.