Topic: Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR)

Friendship from tragedy - solemn ceremony in Nias

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

Royal Australian Navy Attaché Captain Nick Hart and his Assistant Chief Petty Officer Rob Pope pay their respects at the memorial to the ‘Shark 02’ Sea King helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Attaché Captain Nick Hart and his Assistant Chief Petty Officer Rob Pope pay their respects at the memorial to the ‘Shark 02’ Sea King helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias.

Australian Defence Force members recently returned to the scene of one of the military's worst disasters to pay tribute to victims and for a heartfelt reunion with locals.

HMAS Darwin completes earthquake relief

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Warfare Ryan Taylor (left) and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nicholas Challinor Stevenson (right) speak with Kaikoura resident Andrew Spencer.  (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Electronics Warfare Ryan Taylor (left) and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Nicholas Challinor Stevenson (right) speak with Kaikoura resident Andrew Spencer.

HMAS Darwin has completed her mission in earthquake ravaged Kaikoura, New Zealand.

NZ relief team complete tasking

This article has photo gallery Published on by New Zealand Department of Defence (author), CPL Amanda McErlich (photographer), LAC Chad Sharman (photographer)

About 120 sailors from Australia, Canada and the US joined colleagues from the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha to form a multinational team that went ashore in Kaikoura to support relief efforts. (photo: LAC Chad Sharman)

About 120 sailors from Australia, Canada and the US joined colleagues from the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha to form a multinational team that went ashore in Kaikoura to support relief efforts.

In an exceptionally Kiwi way, the New Zealand Defence Force thanked a multinational crew of Australian, Canadian and US military personnel for supporting its disaster relief operation during a traditional powhiri at Kaikoura’s local marae.

Canberra returns home to Sydney after Operation Fiji Assist

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMAS Canberra passes her first berthing line to the wharf as she returns to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after providing humanitarian and disaster relief to the people of Fiji. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

HMAS Canberra passes her first berthing line to the wharf as she returns to her home port at Garden Island Sydney, after providing humanitarian and disaster relief to the people of Fiji.

HMAS Canberra has returned to Fleet Base East, Sydney, to the mark the end of her first operational deployment after a month-long commitment to Operation Fiji Assist.

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.