Since the end of March, Navy has been contributing to Headquarters Joint Task Force 629 as part of the contribution to the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. 28 personnel ranging in rank from Seaman to Commodore are assigned, and their skills and experience are filling crucial roles.
Defending HMAS Toowoomba and deployed for the first time on operations in the Middle East is an element of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Cyber Unit - working across multiple systems and defending networks against cyber attack.
Royal Australian Navy personnel have been working alongside their Australian Army colleagues contributing to the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic across country Queensland - in some cases hundreds of kilometres from the ocean.
As the majority of ship’s company in HMAS Toowoomba woke up to call their mums and partners to wish them a happy Mothers’ Day, the shoe was on the other foot for some women serving aboard Toowoomba in the Middle East.
A rewarding career that provides both job security and an opportunity to travel the world caught the eye of 20-year-old Adelaide local Brodie Blaik.
From the small town of Katanning in Western Australia to interdicting illegal drugs on board HMAS Toowoomba in the Arabian Sea, there is no challenge too big or small for 26 year old local Benjamin Jenkins.
Adelaide’s Stuart Francis grew up hearing about adventures on the high seas from his father, grandfather and uncles. Now he is creating his own experiences.
HMAS Toowoomba’s embarked MH-60R helicopter ‘Nightmare’ was critical in conducting ship-to-shore movement recently in the Southern Arabian Gulf - in the wake of COVID-19 quarantine measures, this resupply was slightly different.
Submarine Force personnel at Fleet Base West are stepping up to do their bit to assist Operation COVID-19 ASSIST, with ten members deployed to support the Task Force throughout Western Australia.
The Navy adage “The Team Works” is in action in HMAS Toowoomba as the ship operates through the southern Arabian Gulf on Operation MANITOU.