Topic: HMAS Newcastle (F06)
Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Paddy McKeag says he has ‘done a lot’ in a Navy career spanning 30 years.
In the middle of the Indian Ocean and a long way from the usual dinner queue, four lucky members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company enjoyed a sumptuous lobster dinner in the Commanding Officer’s (CO) cabin.
Nearly 100 years after France and Australia fought side by side on the Somme battlefields, HMAS Newcastle and FS Somme are united in their security efforts in the Middle East Area of Operation (MEAO).
HMAS Newcastle rendezvoused with ‘Big Ike’ the USS Dwight D Eisenhower in the Arabian Sea for a day of steaming in company on 2 June 2013.
HMAS Newcastle has conducted her first Replenishment at Sea (RAS) serial in the Middle East Area of Operations with RFA Fort Victoria on 29 May 2013.
This RAS was the first such evolution in the MEAO for Newcastle (CMDR P O’Grady, CSM) and added to Newcastle’s growing list of partnerships with international replenishment ships.
Australia’s HMAS Newcastle has provided medical treatment and evacuated two badly burned Filipino merchant seamen from a stricken oil tanker in the Somali Basin.
The crew of HMAS Newcastle (CMDR Paul O’Grady, CSM) has cheered on their teams during the first rugby league State of Origin match of 2013 while on their first patrol in the MEAO.