Topic: Operations

HMAS Choules central to Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, is seen at anchor off the coast of Bougainville during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

The Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, HMAS Choules, is seen at anchor off the coast of Bougainville during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

At anchor two kilometres off the coast of Bougainville sits HMAS Choules, the Royal Australian Navy's Landing Ship Dock, a 180 metre long, 16,000 tonne vessel, currently providing significant life support to almost 450 Australian and international defence force personnel deployed on Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Church bell to ring again following assistance from Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Now a clear space with spire and altar repositioned, the former Catholic Mission Church site in Torokina, Bougainville, was cleared of structural debris following two days of work by members of HMAS CHOULES ship's company during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Now a clear space with spire and altar repositioned, the former Catholic Mission Church site in Torokina, Bougainville, was cleared of structural debris following two days of work by members of HMAS CHOULES ship's company during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Operation RENDER SAFE 2014, currently underway in the Torokina district of Bougainville, is not just about disposing of Explosive Remnants of War.

HMAS Choules ready to 'Render Safe'

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

A sailor keeps watch from HMAS Choules bridge at sunset in Jervis Bay.

HMAS Choules has just completed major preparations in Jervis Bay south of Sydney to prepare the ship for deployment to Bougainville for Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Australia lends a hand in Bougainville with Operation RENDER SAFE

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Australian Defence Force personnel have arrived in Bougainville to address a potentially deadly legacy posed by unexploded ordnance from past conflicts as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

HMAS Toowoomba departs for duty

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Family and friends line the wharf at Fleet Base West to farewell HMAS Toowoomba for an Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Family and friends line the wharf at Fleet Base West to farewell HMAS Toowoomba for an Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region.

Friends and family lined the wharf as HMAS Toowoomba departed Fleet Base West for their Operation MANITOU deployment over the weekend. The 191-strong ship’s company enjoyed their last few hours on Australian soil with their loved ones before the ship’s horn sounded and the order was given to ‘man ship’.

Some hard Yarra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy personnel from coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their dive expertise to recover an anchor and shackles belonging to HMAS Bundaberg from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

Personnel in the coastal mine hunter HMAS Yarra have used their diving expertise to recover an anchor and shackles weighing one tonne from the seabed near Ashmore Island.

HMAS Launceston in the right place, at the right time

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

File image: HMAS Launceston makes an approach to HMAS Benalla for a light line transfer off the coast of Cairns during the Minor War Vessel Concentration Period. (photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin)

File image: HMAS Launceston makes an approach to HMAS Benalla for a light line transfer off the coast of Cairns during the Minor War Vessel Concentration Period.

Three recreational fishermen are grateful for the crew of HMAS Launceston who came to their aid off the Northern Territory coast this month.

Ulladulla’s peace monitor in Egypt

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

File image: Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Rob Hardwick establishes headquarters at Honiara for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Ordnance Disposal mission in Solomon Islands.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

File image: Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Rob Hardwick establishes headquarters at Honiara for Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, an Australian Defence Force Ordnance Disposal mission in Solomon Islands.

Ulladulla’s Rob Hardwick is no fish out of water as a sailor in the Sinai desert, where his role as a peace-monitor has made him the toast of his local community.

HMAS Darwin completes Middle East region deployment

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), LSA Stephen McGreal (photographer)

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship's company as part of their medal presentation. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General Craig Orme, AM, CSC, addresses HMAS Darwin ship's company as part of their medal presentation.

HMAS Darwin has completed a highly successful maritime security deployment to the Middle East and is now heading home to Sydney after being deployed under tasking to the US-led Combined Maritime Forces and Combined Task Force 150.

Specialist Health Group - Kandahar Airfield

Published on by CPL Nick Wiseman (author and photographer)

Australian Specialist Health Group personnel (from left) Wing Commander Andrew Rosengarten, Wing Commander Bruce Paix, Squadron Leader Michael Rudd, Captain Timothy Hughes, Lieutenant Jen Evans and Flying Officer Louise Cole. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Australian Specialist Health Group personnel (from left) Wing Commander Andrew Rosengarten, Wing Commander Bruce Paix, Squadron Leader Michael Rudd, Captain Timothy Hughes, Lieutenant Jen Evans and Flying Officer Louise Cole.

Seven Australian specialist medical officers at the forefront of their chosen fields are continuing Australia’s contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.