Topic: Operation SLIPPER

HMAS Melbourne apprehends alleged pirates

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POA Damian Cox (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.  (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party intercepts a suspected pirate boat.

HMAS Melbourne has apprehended nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia during a maritime security patrol in the region. 

Duty first for HMAS Melbourne

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

CO HMAS Melbourne, CMDR Brian Schlegel during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Despite the national excitement surrounding the Fleet Entry and the International Fleet Review, it was a case of duty first for HMAS Melbourne and her dedicated ship’s company.

HMAS Melbourne's boarding party off to flying start

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SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

SBLT Ivanka Zeko deploys via fast rope after LSET Matt Harper, from the embarked S-70B Seahawk, Dominator, onto the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne, while on patrol in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne is well prepared for the job ahead after practising a fast rope insertion into the ship from an aircraft.

Band of Brothers pass the baton

Published on by LEUT Robert Perry (author), ABIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

(L-R) LEUT Thomas Craig, ABCSO Samuel Ryan, LSCIS Daniel Lewis from HMAS Melbourne and their respective brothers, LSET Chris Lewis, LSBM Shaun Ryan and LEUT Tim Craig, on HMAS Melbourne while in transit to the Middle East Area of Operations.

The prospect of handing over and heading home after a long deployment is reason enough to smile, but for three members of HMAS Newcastle there was an added incentive.

All topped-up and ready to go

Published on by LEUT Mathew Adams (author)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

HMAS Melbourne during a Replenishment at Sea with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Melbourne conducted her first Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria, taking on 300,000 litres of fuel in less than 60 minutes.

Containing dangers in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Vines (author), POCD Joshua Drennan (photographer), LSEW Melissa Girling (photographer)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container. (photo: POCD Joshua Drennan)

(L-R) Able Seaman Clearance Diver Marco Valinsise and Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael McGuinness set the explosive charge to destroy a container.

HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company has combined to remove a dangerous maritime hazard in the Gulf of Oman.

RAN hosts Royal Navy of Oman officers

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LEUT Alec Fieldsend (author), LCDR Ludovic Miller (photographer)

Sub-Lieutenant Al Kharusi and Sub-Lieutenant Al Rasbi from the Royal Omani Navy 'thumbs up' after their first visit to Diego Garcia. (photo: LCDR Ludovic Miller)

Sub-Lieutenant Al Kharusi and Sub-Lieutenant Al Rasbi from the Royal Omani Navy 'thumbs up' after their first visit to Diego Garcia.

Joining HMAS Newcastle for her return voyage to Australia from the Middle East Area of Operations were Royal Navy of Oman Sub-Lieutenants, Zaid Nasser Rashid Al Kharusi and Abdul Rahim Mohammed Khamis Al Rasbi.

HMAS Newcastle steers for home

Published on by POEW Ben White (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle's Commanding Officer CMDR Paul O'Grady waves farewell and good luck to HMAS Melbourne as the two ships pass each other, with Newcastle returning home and Melbourne on her way to the Middle East area of Operations. (photo: POEW Ben White)

HMAS Newcastle's Commanding Officer CMDR Paul O'Grady waves farewell and good luck to HMAS Melbourne as the two ships pass each other, with Newcastle returning home and Melbourne on her way to the Middle East area of Operations.

HMAS Newcastle has handed over security operations for Operation SLIPPER in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Middle East to HMAS Melbourne.

Newcastle's crew finds the lost city of Petra

Published on by LEUT David Osborne (author), ABBM Troy Bennett (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Newcastle took time off to explore the ruins of Petra during a recent visit to Jordan. (photo: ABBM Troy Bennett)

Personnel from HMAS Newcastle took time off to explore the ruins of Petra during a recent visit to Jordan.

At the end of their third Middle Eastern patrol, the crew of HMAS Newcastle visited the Jordanian port of Aqaba for a five-day respite visit.

Newcastle has a last hurrah

Published on by LEUT David Osborne (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme talks to the crew of HMAS Newcastle during a recent port visit to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme talks to the crew of HMAS Newcastle during a recent port visit to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

HMAS Newcastle conducted her last port visit in the Middle East Area of Operations when she pulled into Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on 17 September.