Topic: Operations

Launceston celebrates 12 years of service and miles to the moon and back

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Launceston, CMDR Matt Richardson, and youngest member of the crew Gunner Emily Robertson cut the patrol boat’s birthday cake. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Launceston, CMDR Matt Richardson, and youngest member of the crew Gunner Emily Robertson cut the patrol boat’s birthday cake.

The crew of HMAS Launceston celebrated the vessel’s twelfth birthday in a manner that testified to the work ethic of the Royal Australian Navy’s patrol boats: at sea, on operation, protecting Australia’s northern maritime borders.

Navy officer balancing the books in Kabul

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Task Group Afghanistan (TGAFG) Finance Advisor, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Katrina Burkett (left) and TGAFG Finance Officer, Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Brian Donnelly prior to going on a task in Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Task Group Afghanistan (TGAFG) Finance Advisor, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Katrina Burkett (left) and TGAFG Finance Officer, Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Brian Donnelly prior to going on a task in Afghanistan.

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Katrina Burkett swapped the ocean for a view of mountains in Afghanistan during a recent deployment.

Captain Andrews leading the way

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer, Captain Anne Andrews is the Senior Gender Advisor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy officer, Captain Anne Andrews is the Senior Gender Advisor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Captain Anne Andrews knows improvements have been made to the lives of Afghan women and girls, which includes a tenfold increase in school enrolments since 2001.

Aussie sailor does his best to prepare for the worst

Published on by CAPT Taylor Lynch (author), LSIS Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

L-R: Vanuatu Police Force member Sergeant Wutwut Smith; Technical Advisor Vanuatu, Royal Australian Navy sailor Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Troy Pedersen; Vanuatu Police Force Constable Rachel Amkori; and Vanuatu Police Force Constable Johnny Hopkins in Port Vila during Exercise VANUATU ALLIANCE 2019. (photo: LSIS Kieren Whiteley)

L-R: Vanuatu Police Force member Sergeant Wutwut Smith; Technical Advisor Vanuatu, Royal Australian Navy sailor Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Troy Pedersen; Vanuatu Police Force Constable Rachel Amkori; and Vanuatu Police Force Constable Johnny Hopkins in Port Vila during Exercise VANUATU ALLIANCE 2019.

Seaworthy support vessels are essential for natural disaster relief in Pacific nations like Vanuatu, and Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Troy Pederson was integral in getting the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) Maritime Wing vessels operating at their best in case the worst occurs.

Navy photographer remembers Timor deployment two decades on

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Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko during the INTERFET deployment. (photo: )

Chief Petty Officer Damian Pawlenko during the INTERFET deployment.

As the Australian Defence Force participates in activities to mark the anniversary of the INTERFET (International Force East Timor) deployment 20 years ago, one Navy photographer still receives requests for the imagery he captured on the deployment.

Mine Warfare and Divers in deep

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer)

File image: Navy Clearance Divers from HMAS Diamantina prepare to dive beneath the ship during training while deployed in the Indian Ocean. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

File image: Navy Clearance Divers from HMAS Diamantina prepare to dive beneath the ship during training while deployed in the Indian Ocean.

The successes of Navy’s Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Community over the past 12 months is set to continue with support to multiple deployments throughout the region underway.

Ceremonial sunset finale for INTERFET 20th anniversary commemorations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

The HMAS Choules' Ceremonial Guard performs a Ceremonial Sunset at the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules during the ship's visit to Dili, Timor-Leste as part of the 20th Anniversary INTERFET Commemorations. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

The HMAS Choules' Ceremonial Guard performs a Ceremonial Sunset at the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules during the ship's visit to Dili, Timor-Leste as part of the 20th Anniversary INTERFET Commemorations.

A traditional naval ceremony held with the backdrop of a peaceful Timor-Leste sunset was a fitting finale to a program of cooperation, commemoration and celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Australian-led International Force East Timor (INTERFET) deployment.

Choules INTERFET veterans reflect after 20 years

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

L-R: Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Tyrone Mason-Powell; HMAS Choules Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Arron Convery, RAN; Petty Officer Electronics Technician Steven Mackenzie; and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Darren Johnson stand on the flight deck during the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules as part of the ship’s port visit to Dili in Timor-Leste during the 20th Anniversary of  INTERFET Commemorations. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

L-R: Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Tyrone Mason-Powell; HMAS Choules Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Arron Convery, RAN; Petty Officer Electronics Technician Steven Mackenzie; and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Darren Johnson stand on the flight deck during the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules as part of the ship’s port visit to Dili in Timor-Leste during the 20th Anniversary of INTERFET Commemorations.

Among the 227 crew members from HMAS Choules supporting INTERFET anniversary events in Timor-Leste were four members of the ship’s company who were INTERFET veterans themselves.

Submarine Farncomb home after busy deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)

A casing party member casts a heaving line to members of HMAS Stirling Port Services as HMAS Farncomb prepares to berth alongside its home port of Fleet Base West, WA.

After busy and demanding Asian and Australian deployments, HMAS Farncomb returned to Fleet Base West at Rockingham, Western Australia last week.

Submarine Sheean home after busy deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSIS Ernesto Sanchez (photographer)

HMAS Sheean returns alongside to family and friends at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, after a four-month deployment. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Sheean returns alongside to family and friends at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, after a four-month deployment.

After departing from Fleet Base West in April, HMAS Sheean returned to her homeport to the delight of waiting families and friends - among those was Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, and Commander Submarine Force, Captain Doug Theobald.