Topic: Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR)

Focus on cooperation and planning

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

 Lieutenant Commander Rob Graham from the Royal Australian Navy and Major Tim Symington from the Royal Canadian Army share ideas during Exercise Cooperation Spirit conducted at the Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown.  (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Lieutenant Commander Rob Graham from the Royal Australian Navy and Major Tim Symington from the Royal Canadian Army share ideas during Exercise Cooperation Spirit conducted at the Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown.

For the first time since its inception in 2010, all four regional partners from across the Asia–Pacific rim gathered recently for Exercise COOPERATION SPIRIT 2015.

Fond farewell to the workhorse of the Fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

The crew of HMAS Tobruk at her decommissioning ceremony held at Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

The crew of HMAS Tobruk at her decommissioning ceremony held at Fleet Base East, Sydney.

After almost 35 years of dedicated service, the Royal Australian Navy’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief ship HMAS Tobruk was decommissioned at her home port of Garden Island, in Sydney, today.

Navy’s ‘Fighting Chance’

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Manoel is treated for a simulated neck injury by the Maritime Operational Health Unit (MOHU) staff Leading Seaman Stephanie Houldsworth, Lieutenant Megan Hoare and Chief Petty Officer Paul Mayer as HMAS Choules conducts a damage control exercise with a simulated fire in the back-up diesel generator and simulated casualties on the forecastle of the ship. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Manoel is treated for a simulated neck injury by the Maritime Operational Health Unit (MOHU) staff Leading Seaman Stephanie Houldsworth, Lieutenant Megan Hoare and Chief Petty Officer Paul Mayer as HMAS Choules conducts a damage control exercise with a simulated fire in the back-up diesel generator and simulated casualties on the forecastle of the ship.

The Officer in Charge of Navy’s Maritime Operational Health Unit, Commander Alison Thomas, projects a passion for her unit and the important capability it is building in support of Australia’s amphibious operations and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief requirements.

New officers embark on first ever sea deployment

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Navy Entry Officers' Course members, from left, Midshipman Jacqui Rhodes, Midshipman Zachary Smith, Lieutenant Adam Bowman, Midshipman Matthew Newman and Midshipman Thomas Fathers in front of HMAS Choules, Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Navy Entry Officers' Course members, from left, Midshipman Jacqui Rhodes, Midshipman Zachary Smith, Lieutenant Adam Bowman, Midshipman Matthew Newman and Midshipman Thomas Fathers in front of HMAS Choules, Fleet Base East, Sydney.

There was an air of excitement mixed with a bit of apprehension as more than a hundred members of New Entry Officers’ Course 50 embarked in HMAS Choules for their sea training deployment - a key milestone in their initial training to become qualified officers in the Royal Australian Navy.

Sun sets on first major amphibious exercise for the year

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Paul Parnell guides a Navy MRH-90 helicopter from 808 Squadron onto the flight deck of HMAS Choules as the ship transits from Sydney to Townsville for Exercise SEA DAWN 2014. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Leading Seaman Aviation Paul Parnell guides a Navy MRH-90 helicopter from 808 Squadron onto the flight deck of HMAS Choules as the ship transits from Sydney to Townsville for Exercise SEA DAWN 2014.

As the sun sets on Exercise SEA DAWN this month, the ship’s company of HMAS Choules reflected on the important milestones they helped the Australian Defence Force (ADF) achieve in training for amphibious operations.

Australian crew strengthens regional partnerships during Indonesian exercise

Published on by Ardent One (author), LSCIS Ellise Holl (photographer), ABCIS Kristi Burgess (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Taylor Burgess of Ardent One with Filipino Officers at the closing ceremony of Exercise KOMODO 2014 in Indonesia.  (photo: LSCIS Ellise Holl, ABCIS Kristi Burgess)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Taylor Burgess of Ardent One with Filipino Officers at the closing ceremony of Exercise KOMODO 2014 in Indonesia.

Ardent One, embarked in HMAS Launceston, participated in the Multilateral Naval Exercise KOMODO from 29 March to 3 April 2014.

Three services hone amphibious capabilities in major joint exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jason Hextell shows Craftsman, Private Tristan Creasy (right) and Craftsman, Private Dylan Rowe (centre) the procedure for securing the rotor blades of the MRH-90 helicopter embarked on HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jason Hextell shows Craftsman, Private Tristan Creasy (right) and Craftsman, Private Dylan Rowe (centre) the procedure for securing the rotor blades of the MRH-90 helicopter embarked on HMAS Choules.

The first major joint amphibious exercise for the year, Exercise SEA DAWN, is now underway in North Queensland.

Tobruk returns from humanitarian mission

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Ben Walters is greeted by his children Millie and Owen on the wharf at Garden Island. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Ben Walters is greeted by his children Millie and Owen on the wharf at Garden Island.

The crew of HMAS Tobruk has returned home just in time for Christmas after helping the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Tobruk brings sailors, soldiers and equipment home

Published on by MAJ Chris Linden (photographer)

A backhoe from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment is loaded for return to Australia on HMAS Tobruk after completing recovery tasks in the Philippines. (photo: MAJ Chris Linden)

A backhoe from 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment is loaded for return to Australia on HMAS Tobruk after completing recovery tasks in the Philippines.

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Tobruk has returned to Townsville to disembark 35 Army personnel and unload equipment following Australian Defence Force Humanitarian Disaster Relief (HADR) operations in the Philippines.

HMAS Tobruk delivers aid to remote Philippines islands

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

A working party from HMAS Tobruk, unloads disaster relief stores from an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft onto the Santa Fe wharf, Bantayan Islands during Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A working party from HMAS Tobruk, unloads disaster relief stores from an Australian Army LCM8 landing craft onto the Santa Fe wharf, Bantayan Islands during Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

HMAS Tobruk has delivered aid to remote islands in the Philippines as part of her involvement in Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST.