Topic: HMAS Melbourne (F05)

North Rocky local's busy year on operations

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Able Seaman Cryptological Sailor Martin Carroll on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Melbourne during a boarding operation in the Arabian Sea. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Able Seaman Cryptological Sailor Martin Carroll on the Gun Direction Platform of HMAS Melbourne during a boarding operation in the Arabian Sea.

It was a busy year in 2013 for 31-year-old Rockhampton product Martin Carroll and the pace is not slowing down.

HMAS Melbourne intercepts drug dhows in the Middle East Area of Operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Australian Defence Force (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

A suspicious dhow being boarded by members of a boarding party from HMAS Melbourne in the North Arabian Sea. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

A suspicious dhow being boarded by members of a boarding party from HMAS Melbourne in the North Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Melbourne have seized and destroyed amphetamines in the Middle East, valued at approximately $11.3 million.

HMAS Melbourne’s White Ribbon Day

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef James Elliot and Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Ashlee Sherriff with the 'White Ribbon' cake prior to an afternoon tea on HMAS Melbourne in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Taking a break from busy operations in the Middle East, HMAS Melbourne’s ship’s company gathered to reinforce the message that violence against women must end.

Melbourne gets timely reminder of piracy dangers

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne near MV Albedo, a sunken merchant vessel, off the coast of Somalia.

Fresh from their successful interdiction of suspected Somali pirates in October, the crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has experienced a sombre reminder of the consequences of piracy when the ship came across the wreckage of the merchant vessel MV Albedo.

1000 hours milestone onboard HMAS Melbourne

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's flight commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson, returns from a morning patrol to a warm reception from the aviation department after clocking up her 1000th hour in the Seahawk aircraft. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's flight commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson, returns from a morning patrol to a warm reception from the aviation department after clocking up her 1000th hour in the Seahawk aircraft.

Sixty missile counter measure flares erupted from the belly of HMAS Melbourne’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter, marking 1000 hours in the Seahawk cockpit for Flight 3 Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Helen Anderson.

New Zealand’s vital link in catching pirates

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

On attachment from the Royal New Zealand Navy (from left) Able Seaman Combat Specialist Levi Eaton, Leading Seaman Hydrographic Technician Sam Martin and Able Seaman Combat Specialist Samantha Carter.

In a true display of Anzac spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia.

Melbourne in the Middle

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), WO Jeannie Roberts (photographer)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE. (photo: WO Jeannie Roberts)

Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jeannie Roberts (left) and her niece Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Anne Marie Becker on the bridge wing of HMAS Melbourne during a port visit to Dubai, UAE.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has commenced what will be her longest patrol in her Middle East deployment, departing the Port of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Bundaberg boy is proud to serve

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Seaman Electronics Warfare sailor Shane Gorman closed up in the Operations Room of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Seaman Electronics Warfare sailor Shane Gorman closed up in the Operations Room of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The call of the sea and the opportunity to serve his country has lured Shane Gorman away from his family home in Queensland’s Wide Bay and to the Middle East, where he is a sailor serving in the Navy warship HMAS Melbourne.

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. 

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.