Topic: HMAS Melbourne (F05)

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle bound for the Middle East

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author and photographer)

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle port mid-morning on Sunday 15 September, bound for the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: Mr Pup Elliott)

HMAS Melbourne departs Fremantle port mid-morning on Sunday 15 September, bound for the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne readied for its departure from Fremantle Port on Sunday for the Middle East to participate in Operation SLIPPER.

Melbourne’s good to go!

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POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

POEW sailor Shannon Evans closed up as upper deck sentry on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, with an F88 Steyr rifle, loaded with blank ammunition during a force protection assessment.

With a pipe from the Executive Officer it was all over. The ship and its company had passed the final assessment that began with a Mariner Skills Evaluation back in March and culminated in September with a final Force Protection assessment alongside Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling, WA.

Moule takes the helm, sets course for the Middle East

Published on by ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne while in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Albert Moule, RAN, Officer of the Watch is closed up on the Navigation Data System on the bridge of HMAS Melbourne while in transit from Fleet Base East to HMAS Stirling of the coast of Victoria.

At 27 years of age, Lieutenant Albert Moule is responsible for sailing his warship, the Adelaide class Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Melbourne, to the right place, at the right time, in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne sails for SLIPPER

Published on by ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Alee Scarfone farewells her daughter Keira, aged 5, before departing on a six month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne.

Today, the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Melbourne set sail for a six-month operational deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations.

Mail brings big smiles to Newcastle's crew

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author and photographer)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour. (photo: LEUT Sarah West)

(L-R) AB Laura Johnson. LS Chantelle Hughes and LEUT Meghann Walker sorting mail which was received when the ship was at anchor in Djibouti Harbour.

Lollies, home-made biscuits, magazines and photographs of loved ones were just some of the things that made the crew of HMAS Newcastle smile, when the
ship received 460 kilograms of mail in July.

Explosive training on the ocean waves

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Petty Officer Clearance Diver Brenton Walters wears the Explosive Ordinance Disposal 9 (EOD-9) suit during a training exercise. The exercise scenario required POCD Walters to disarm a bomb booby-trapped to a door onboard HMAS Newcastle.

HMAS Newcastle’s specialist Clearance Divers have continued to practice their counter improvised explosive device techniques while at sea in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Wetherill Park man keeping watch over the health of Melbourne’s crew

Published on by ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

AB Frank Ojeda with fiance Lauren Briggs and son Nicholas, spending their last moments together prior to HMAS Melbourne's departure from FBE, Sydney, for a seven month deployment to the MEAO in support of Operation SLIPPER. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

AB Frank Ojeda with fiance Lauren Briggs and son Nicholas, spending their last moments together prior to HMAS Melbourne's departure from FBE, Sydney, for a seven month deployment to the MEAO in support of Operation SLIPPER.

Lauren Briggs had mixed feelings when she proudly bade her partner, Able Seaman Medic Frank Ojeda, farewell when he left the wharf at Fleet Base East (FBE) last week, as he and his shipmates began their journey to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) in HMAS Melbourne.

Middle East deployment gets Western Australian closer to home

Published on by ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Able Seaman Sean Byrne performs valve clearance checks on the number four ship's service diesel generator in Auxiliary Machinery Room number three on board HMAS Melbourne, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Able Seaman Sean Byrne performs valve clearance checks on the number four ship's service diesel generator in Auxiliary Machinery Room number three on board HMAS Melbourne, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Sean Byrne is preparing to deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations tomorrow, in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. But not before ‘dropping in’ to see his Mum and Dad in Western Australia. 

McKean is keen to keep Melbourne’s hunger at bay

Published on by ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Lloyd McKean is about to remove a tray from the galley oven on board HMAS Melbourne at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Lloyd McKean is about to remove a tray from the galley oven on board HMAS Melbourne at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

Grafton man, Able Seaman Lloyd McKean, will deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations on Sunday in the Australian warship HMAS Melbourne. He's tasked with feeding his 240 hungry shipmates three meals a day, seven days a week for more than six months. 

For Fairley it’s Melbourne or bust

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Able Seaman Marine Technician Chris Fairley checks the oil level in Number Four Ship's Service Diesel Generator in HMAS Melbourne's Auxiliary Machine Space 3, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Chris Fairley checks the oil level in Number Four Ship's Service Diesel Generator in HMAS Melbourne's Auxiliary Machine Space 3, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

Able Seaman Chris Fairley will spend the next six month a long way from his hometown of Melbourne - conducting maritime security patrols in the Middle East Area of Operations as part of Operation SLIPPER.