Topic: HMAS Melbourne (F05)

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.

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party off to flying start

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SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.

Band of Brothers pass the baton

Published on by LEUT Robert Perry (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations.

The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS Newcastle there was an added incentive.

Melbourne ready to run all the way home

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LSPT Ashley Correa during his afternoon training session on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

LSPT Ashley Correa during his afternoon training session on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The officers and sailors of the Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Melbourne, are embracing Ocsober, the annual fundraising initiative that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of October.

All topped-up and ready to go

Published on by LEUT Mathew Adams (author)

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

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

HMAS Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.

HMAS Melbourne makes amend of her magnetic ways

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), CPO Sky McPhee (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne undergoes deperming at the Magnetic Treatment Facility at Fleet Base West, Garden Island, Western Australia. (photo: CPO Sky McPhee)

HMAS Melbourne undergoes deperming at the Magnetic Treatment Facility at Fleet Base West, Garden Island, Western Australia.

The next Royal Australian Navy ship to see service in the Middle East Area of Operations has undergone an important treatment in Western Australia before sailing for foreign seas.