Topic: HMAS Darwin (F04)

CTF 150 Commander praises Darwin’s efforts

Published on by Combined Task Force 150 (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Commander Task Force 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, RN addresses members of HMAS Darwin's ship's company during a clear lower deck, while the ship was alongside in Muscat for a logistics visit. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Task Force 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, RN addresses members of HMAS Darwin's ship's company during a clear lower deck, while the ship was alongside in Muscat for a logistics visit.

HMAS Darwin’s contribution to operations in the Middle East was formally recognised during a visit to the ship on 2 July by Commodore Jeremy Blunden Royal Navy, Commander of Combined Task Force 150.

HMAS Darwin strikes again against drug smugglers

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. Hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 x one kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Over six tons of hashish seized during a recent boarding placed on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin, prior to destruction. Hashish was contained in 306 hessian bags each containing approximately 20 x one kilogram coffee bags, a sample of which can be seen on top.

HMAS Darwin has struck again against drug smugglers, intercepting another vessel in the Arabian Sea and seizing more than 6.2 tonnes of narcotics with an estimated street value of almost $250 million.

Air Commodore tastes life at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Boarding Party Officer, Lieutenant Joshua Maher, RAN, right, and Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath, RAN  show Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Commodore Noel Derwort, CSC, ADC, equipment utilised by HMAS Darwin's boarding party when conducting boarding operations. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Boarding Party Officer, Lieutenant Joshua Maher, RAN, right, and Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath, RAN show Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Commodore Noel Derwort, CSC, ADC, equipment utilised by HMAS Darwin's boarding party when conducting boarding operations.

Air Commodore Noel Derwort has tested his sea legs for the first time since taking over as Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East Area of Operations.

HMAS Darwin has eyes in the sky

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Aviation department with the embarked helicopter 'Blackout', an S-70B Seahawk deploying flares in the background.  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Aviation department with the embarked helicopter 'Blackout', an S-70B Seahawk deploying flares in the background.

The men and women of HMAS Darwin are currently working hard conducting operations as part of Australia’s contribution to maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Darwin and Somerset meet up at sea

Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party officers, Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath (right) and Lieutenant Joshua Maher discuss lessons learnt from previous boardings with members of HMS Somerset's boarding party. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party officers, Lieutenant Benjamin McGrath (right) and Lieutenant Joshua Maher discuss lessons learnt from previous boardings with members of HMS Somerset's boarding party.

HMAS Darwin has taken advantage of a cross-deck to exchange ideas with members of the Royal Navy ship HMS Somerset while conducting maritime security patrols in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin strikes another blow against illicit drug trade

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (author)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party conducts an insertion onto a suspicious dhow to search for illegal narcotics during operations in the Arabian Sea.

HMAS Darwin has again intercepted a suspected drug smuggling vessel operating in international waters, seizing 786 kilograms of narcotics with an estimated street value of $30 million.

HMAS Darwin nets $132 million of heroin in Indian Ocean

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), LSA Stephen McGreal (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. (photo: LSA Stephen McGreal)

HMAS Darwin's boarding party, embarked on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, prepare to conduct a boarding on a suspicious vessel, suspected of carrying illegal narcotics.

HMAS Darwin has intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. 

Boarding party getting the job done in the Middle East

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), POB Cameron Devenny (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Norris, left, dressed in full boarding party kit, prepares for a 9mm live shoot off the flight deck of HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin is working hard conducting maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Bowie swaps centre stage for a theatre of operations

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Wilfred Bowie, closed up on the 12.7mm gun. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Wilfred Bowie, closed up on the 12.7mm gun.

Wilfred ‘Bowie’ Bowie is currently serving as an Able Seaman Boatswains Mate onboard HMAS Darwin, deployed on Operation SLIPPER. Having grown up in Injinoo Queensland, Bowie wanted to find a job where he could be an example for his family and friends.

Navy a natural choice for North Queensland sailor

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi.

Growing up in Cairns, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi’s decision to join the Royal Australian Navy was heavily influenced by family members already serving with the Australian Defence Force.