Topic: HMAS Ballarat (F155)

From the Glasshouse Mountains to the Middle East

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn and FLTLT Dion Isaacson (author)

LSPTI Jacob Machen on board HMAS Ballarat. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

LSPTI Jacob Machen on board HMAS Ballarat.

Leading Seaman Jacob Machen was always active growing up in the Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland - his weekends were full of sports.

Four successful drug interdictions by HMAS Ballarat

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Justin Springer, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Colliver remove sacks containing suspected narcotics during a search of a suspicious dhow by HMAS Ballarat's boarding party. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Justin Springer, left, and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Colliver remove sacks containing suspected narcotics during a search of a suspicious dhow by HMAS Ballarat's boarding party.

Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized another four illicit drug shipments in three days while deployed to the Middle East region.

HMAS Ballarat continues illicit drug seizures in the MER

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party closes on a suspicious dhow for a boarding which resulted in the seizure of approximately two and a half tonnes of illicit drugs.

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has intercepted another 2.6 tonnes of illicit drugs while conducting a patrol in international waters in the Arabian Sea.

Tail swaps for Romeo

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Jim Allen works on an MH60R Sea Hawk during a 'tail swap' prior to it flying out to HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East region.

A ‘tail swap’ of HMAS Ballarat’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter was conducted at the main operating base in the Middle East region (MER) recently as part of the scheduled ship’s maintenance period.

From the boat to the brush

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

War artist Bob McRae with his artwork of a sailor from HMAS Ballarat. (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)

War artist Bob McRae with his artwork of a sailor from HMAS Ballarat.

Artist Bob McRae has spent time onboard HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East to capture the Royal Australian Navy on operations.

More illegal drugs seized by HMAS Ballarat

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's Boarding Party conducts a flag verification boarding on a dhow suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics in the Arabian Sea.

Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized two tonnes of hashish worth approximately $100 million in street value during a boarding operation in the Middle East Region.


RAN seizes illegal drug shipments in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler pulls out a sack containing suspected illegal narcotics from the hold in a suspicious dhow.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea.

A flurry of activity sets the tone for a busy 2019

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Fleet units alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

Fleet units alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney.

There’s a flurry of activity at Garden Island in Sydney as Fleet Units and support organisations busily prepare for the year ahead.

Ballarat Boarding Officer confident of a successful deployment

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat Boarding Officer Lieutenant Samuel Hicks, onboard HMAS Ballarat during Operation MANITOU.

Boardings at sea are key to Australian warships achieving counter-piracy, counter terrorism and counter-narcotics missions.

HMAS Ballarat seizes 3.1 tonnes of hashish in the Middle East

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Ballarat's boarding party lays out seized hashish on the ship's flight deck.

Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Ballarat, has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about $155 million* during a boarding operation that took place 8-9 January 2019 in international waters in the Arabian Sea.