Topic: Operation SLIPPER

HMAS Darwin strikes another blow against illicit drug trade

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HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin has again intercepted a suspected drug smuggling vessel operating in international waters, seizing 786 kilograms of narcotics with an estimated street value of $30 million.

HMAS Darwin nets $132 million of heroin in Indian Ocean

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HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. (photo: LSA Stephen McGreal)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics.

HMAS Darwin has intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. 

Boarding party getting the job done in the Middle East

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), POB Cameron Devenny (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin is working hard conducting maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Navy pilot plays key role in Coalition team

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Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies in front of an AH-64 Apache helicopter at Kandahar Airfield. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies in front of an AH-64 Apache helicopter at Kandahar Airfield.

Inspecting United States attack helicopters in the middle of a dusty airfield in Afghanistan is the last place Navy pilot Natalie Davies thought she would ply her aviation trade.

Bowie swaps centre stage for a theatre of operations

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Wilfred Bowie, closed up on the 12.7mm gun. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Wilfred Bowie, closed up on the 12.7mm gun.

Wilfred ‘Bowie’ Bowie is currently serving as an Able Seaman Boatswains Mate onboard HMAS Darwin, deployed on Operation SLIPPER. Having grown up in Injinoo Queensland, Bowie wanted to find a job where he could be an example for his family and friends.

Navy a natural choice for North Queensland sailor

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi.

Growing up in Cairns, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi’s decision to join the Royal Australian Navy was heavily influenced by family members already serving with the Australian Defence Force.

Torres Straits doctor enjoying Navy career

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HMAS Darwin's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Beimop Tapim, RAN, conducts a medical check of a member of ship's company. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Beimop Tapim, RAN, conducts a medical check of a member of ship's company.

At the age of 18, Lieutenant Beimop ‘BJ’ Tapim joined the Royal Australian Navy from Mer Island, Torres Straits as a Medical Assistant. He followed in the footsteps of his parents both of whom served with the Navy.

Australian Navy ship provides emergency assistance to French fishing vessel

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HMAS Darwin's embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter 'Blackout' winches Leading Seaman Medic Tracey Kearns onto the forecastle of the French vessel Cape Saint Vincent, in response to a distress signal sent from the boat. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter 'Blackout' winches Leading Seaman Medic Tracey Kearns onto the forecastle of the French vessel Cape Saint Vincent, in response to a distress signal sent from the boat.

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin has provided emergency medical assistance to a heart attack victim from a French fishing vessel in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Navy officer plies trade in Afghanistan

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alwyn Johnson on deployment at Headquarters 633-A in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger             )

Lieutenant Commander Alwyn Johnson on deployment at Headquarters 633-A in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Exeter’s Alwyn Johnson is the sole Navy officer working in the Australian headquarters of landlocked Afghanistan for Operation SLIPPER.

School mates serve together in the Middle East

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Lieutenant Commander Kent Browning and Lieutenant Jamie Imlay Gillespie at the entrance to the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Kent Browning and Lieutenant Jamie Imlay Gillespie at the entrance to the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain.

Two school mates are currently deployed together in the Middle East Area of Operations on maritime security operations, 20 years since they met on their first day at Blue Mountains Grammar.