Topic: Drug interdiction

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'.

Christmas duty for Adelaide sailor

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin.

Not many young Australians can say they’ve busted drug and weapon smugglers, supported earthquake recovery efforts and visited nine countries on three continents.

Anti-drug operations form bond

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Richard Morris (author and photographer)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth. (photo: LEUT Morris)

Members from Seychelles National Drug Enforcement Agency enjoy a damage control display during a tour of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the Indian Ocean region, under the command of Combined Task Force 150. 

Australian-led Maritime Counter-Terrorism Task Force home from successful deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by MAJ B Maddock (author), MC2 Ryan D. McLearnon (photographer)

Commander CMF, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, US Navy (centre) witnesses Royal Navy Commodore Robinson (right) assume command of CTF 150 from Royal Australian Navy Commodore Jaimie Hatcher. (photo: MC2 Ryan D. McLearnon)

Commander CMF, Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan, US Navy (centre) witnesses Royal Navy Commodore Robinson (right) assume command of CTF 150 from Royal Australian Navy Commodore Jaimie Hatcher.

An Australian-led Maritime Command team has been hailed for their success against the illegal trade of drugs and weapons in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.