Topic: HMAS Newcastle (F06)

Newcastle fighting fit for challenges ahead

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Jason Tuffrey (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mandy Collie exercises on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle while Japanese Navy Ship, JS Fuyuzuki follows behind during Exercise KAKADU 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mandy Collie exercises on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle while Japanese Navy Ship, JS Fuyuzuki follows behind during Exercise KAKADU 2016.

The win at the Exercise KAKADU sports day, beating teams from 19 nations, was no accident for HMAS Newcastle.

Busy time for Newcastle testing UAV capability

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Flight Trials Unit and the Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit teams who joined HMAS Newcastle to conduct first-of-class flight trials - flight operations to assess the operability of the ScanEagle system from a guided missile frigate. (photo: Unknown)

Flight Trials Unit and the Navy Unmanned Aviation Systems Unit teams who joined HMAS Newcastle to conduct first-of-class flight trials - flight operations to assess the operability of the ScanEagle system from a guided missile frigate.

The crew of HMAS Newcastle found their recent Sea Qualification Trials demanding, testing weapons and engineering systems after a lengthy maintenance period.

Sea Training Group embraces innovation and technology

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (author)

Sea Training Group's Warrant Officer Marcus Bent enters performance information into an electronic tablet during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Arunta as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Sea Training Group's Warrant Officer Marcus Bent enters performance information into an electronic tablet during a damage control exercise onboard HMAS Arunta as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM.

Pads and pens may soon be a thing of the past for Sea Training Group as Navy’s primary collective training provider embraces technology and innovation to ensure ships are ready for operational deployment.

Exercise STRONGBACK SIM heralds new approach to deployment readiness training

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Aaron Symons mans a console as the crew of HMAS Parramatta runs through multi-unit warfare simulations as part of Exercise STRONGBACK SIM conducted out of Systems Training School, HMAS Watson.

A new era in working towards unit readiness was introduced recently when Exercise STRONGBACK SIM was conducted at Fleet Base West in Western Australia and HMAS Watson in Sydney.


Warm hugs on operations

Published on by CAPT Fiona Bickerstaff (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), POET Olivia Usback (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.
 (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company line the upper decks to show off their quilts that had been hand crafted by volunteers from Aussie Hero Quilts as a way of thanking the men and women of HMAS Newcastle for the service to their country.

Every deployment has its certainties - the absence from family and friends and long hours seven days a week are guaranteed. Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers there is now another certainty for Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment - a quilt or laundry bag from Aussie Hero Quilts.

HMAS Newcastle returns home

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

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Warwick Douglas stands with his fiancée and children after proposing to his partner on the wharf of Fleet Base East upon his return home from Operation MANITOU aboard HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Warwick Douglas stands with his fiancée and children after proposing to his partner on the wharf of Fleet Base East upon his return home from Operation MANITOU aboard HMAS Newcastle.

After 180 days deployed, HMAS Newcastle returned triumphantly from the Middle East region to Garden Island, Sydney today.

Parliamentartian visits HMAS Newcastle on deployment

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Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Dominic MacNamara, presents a ship's cap to The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, onboard HMAS Newcastle as the ship and crew conduct a port visit to Muscat, Oman, during Operation MANITOU.

A port visit in Oman in early September has proved the perfect conclusion HMAS Newcastle’s fifth and final patrol for Operation MANITOU in the Middle East Region. 

HMAS Newcastle heads home after Middle East success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

HMAS Newcastle carries out a break-away from the French Replenishment Ship, FS Var, after conducting RASAPS (Replenishment at Sea Approach's) in which to hone their joint mariner skills as both ships carry out maritime security patrols in the Indian Ocean.

HMAS Newcastle is heading home to Sydney after a highly successful deployment to the Middle East Region, where she seized the second-biggest illegal drug haul in Combined Maritime Forces history.

HMAS Newcastle – One Ship, One Culture, One Family

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Vaughn Heath (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea.
From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

Indigenous members of HMAS Newcastle ship’s company proudly show off the evening meal that they helped to create in the galley onboard HMAS Newcastle prior to serving to their ship mates for NAIDOC week at sea. From left; Able Seaman Boatswains Mate (ABBM) Desmond Taylor, ABBM Kaleb Cohen, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Khory Beezely, ABBM Alan Patterson and ABBM Kyh Mye.

As HMAS Newcastle patrolled the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU, the sound of the didgeridoo and singing from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ quartet rang out from the galley.

Drugs seized top $2.3 billion in two years

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138 kgs of heroin, worth an estimated street value of around $108 million, siezed on 03 July 2014 by HMAS Newcastle off the East coast of Africa.
 (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

138 kgs of heroin, worth an estimated street value of around $108 million, siezed on 03 July 2014 by HMAS Newcastle off the East coast of Africa.

In its sixth successful haul in eight weeks, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has seized 139kg of heroin, with an estimated street value of around $AUD 41 million, off the East coast of Africa.