Topic: Deployment

HMAS Arunta small weapons go technical

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: UNKNOWN)

Lance Corporal Andrew Smith (from left), Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Brian Wilson and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Patrick Birch conduct weapon maintenance and technical inspection onboard HMAS Arunta.

Navy’s deployed ship in the Middle East, HMAS Arunta, has had its small arms weapons inspected, serviced and certified during a recent port visit.

Skeletor retires after sterling service

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East.

Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter 'Skeletor' has flown its last operational flight after a career logging 6,200 airframe hours and spanning more than 28 years of service.

Operational officer of the watch in Arunta

This article has photo gallery Published on by Corporal Sebastian Beurich (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Lieutenant Patrick Velu observing Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) operating with HMAS Arunta during a recent PASSEX off the coast of Goa, India. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lieutenant Patrick Velu observing Indian Talwar Class INS Teg (F45) operating with HMAS Arunta during a recent PASSEX off the coast of Goa, India.

Lieutenant Patrick Velu is relishing being part of Navy’s team in the Middle East – putting training into action as an officer-of-the-watch in HMAS Arunta.

Arunta conquering the drug trade

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta personnel account for the illegal narcotics seized while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta personnel account for the illegal narcotics seized while on patrol in the Middle East region.

HMAS Arunta has continued her tradition of successful deployments to the Middle East by seizing more than 800kg of hashish during maritime security operations.

Mission possible for Navy pilot

Published on by LCDR Stewart Mathies (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Helicopter pilot Lieutenant Caleb Muggeridge stands on the flight deck before HMAS Arunta's S-70B Seahawk while on patrol in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Helicopter pilot Lieutenant Caleb Muggeridge stands on the flight deck before HMAS Arunta's S-70B Seahawk while on patrol in the Middle East Region.

Getting the best out of working with metals needed a new perspective when a professional tradesman swapped his tools for the controls of a Navy helicopter.

Fast-track to Operational Service

This article has photo gallery Published on by POML-P Brendon Davies (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan farewells to her family before boarding HMAS Arunta to sail for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan farewells to her family before boarding HMAS Arunta to sail for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.

Less than six months out of basic training, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Jasmine Lortan is already on the front line of a multi-national operation to counter terrorism and promote maritime security in the Middle East. 

Naval 'Ashes' return

Published on by POML-SC Gary Cooper (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta's cricket team gather on the flight deck with their newly-won trophy, the 'Naval Ashes', following a friendly match against crew members from HMS Daring at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Pakistan. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta's cricket team gather on the flight deck with their newly-won trophy, the 'Naval Ashes', following a friendly match against crew members from HMS Daring at the Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi, Pakistan.

The ship's company of HMAS Arunta has restored national sporting pride with a commanding victory over England in an epic battle in Karachi to reclaim the 'Ashes'.

Long wait over for friends and family of Melbourne

Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler is reunited with his family at HMAS Melbourne's welcome home ceremony.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler is reunited with his family at HMAS Melbourne's welcome home ceremony.

Seven long months away from home ended with an ecstatic family reunion for HMAS Melbourne sailor Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Craig Fowler, after returning from Operation MANITOU in the Middle East.

Australian Navy keeps the helm

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (photographer), CPL Mark Doran (author)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australian leadership in a key Middle East role has been passed between two Royal Australian Navy officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.

Melbourne's fourth drug haul

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Over 118 kilograms of heroin with a street value of AUD $114 million was confisicated by HMAS Melbourne while on operations in the Middle East region. These drugs were discovered onboard a fishing vessel intercepted by HMAS Melbourne in the Indian Ocean. After being seized the illegal narcotics were transferred to HMAS Melbourne for analysis and disposal at sea.

HMAS Melbourne personnel have completed a fourth successful drug seizure after seizing more than 100 kilograms of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean.