Section: Operations

From Katanning to the Middle East

Published on by MAJ Bradley Richardson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Benjamin Jenkins checks stock levels in the store room onboard HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Benjamin Jenkins checks stock levels in the store room onboard HMAS Toowoomba.

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.

Third time around the buoy

Published on by FLTLT Chloe Stevenson (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Stuart Francis keeps an eye on the tactical picture in the operations room onboard HMAS Toowoomba as the ship patrols the Gulf of Oman in support of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Stuart Francis keeps an eye on the tactical picture in the operations room onboard HMAS Toowoomba as the ship patrols the Gulf of Oman in support of the International Maritime Security Construct.

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.

Nightmare delivers the goods in the Southern Arabian Gulf

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dean Williams (author), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH-60R helicopter is secured on the flight deck after delivering priority stores and mail during a patrol in the Southern Arabian Gulf. (photo: LSIS Craig Walton)

HMAS Toowoomba's embarked MH-60R helicopter is secured on the flight deck after delivering priority stores and mail during a patrol in the Southern Arabian Gulf.

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.

Submariners step up in Operation COVID-19 ASSIST

Published on by CMDR Chris Forward (author), CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe (photographer)

Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth. (photo: CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN)

Sailors from HMAS Stirling naval base assist WA Police to slow the spread of coronavirus this Easter at traffic control points along main highways south of Perth.

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.

Toowoomba MTs prove ‘cam-do’ attitude on operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Filiberto Hernandez (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Greg Gonzalez, front, and Able Seaman Marine Technician Jesse Jansen reassemble the final pieces onto HMAS Toowoomba's propulsion diesel engine after a camshaft replacement. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Greg Gonzalez, front, and Able Seaman Marine Technician Jesse Jansen reassemble the final pieces onto HMAS Toowoomba's propulsion diesel engine after a camshaft replacement.

The Navy adage “The Team Works” is in action in HMAS Toowoomba as the ship operates through the southern Arabian Gulf on Operation MANITOU.

Toowoomba interdicts thousands of kilos of narcotics

This article has photo gallery Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

150 parcels of illicit drugs including hashish and heroin are made ready for destruction on the flight deck of HMAS Toowoomba after a successful boarding as part of Operation MANITOU on 19 March 2020. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

150 parcels of illicit drugs including hashish and heroin are made ready for destruction on the flight deck of HMAS Toowoomba after a successful boarding as part of Operation MANITOU on 19 March 2020.

HMAS Toowoomba has interdicted over 3000 kilograms of illegal narcotics including hashish and heroin in the Gulf of Aden.

Toowoomba and FS Guépratte exercise in Gulf of Aden

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts manoeuvres with French Navy frigate FS Guépratte in the Arabian Sea while on patrol in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.  (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts manoeuvres with French Navy frigate FS Guépratte in the Arabian Sea while on patrol in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.

HMAS Toowoomba exercised with French Ship Guépratte in vicinity of the Gulf of Aden recently as part of the Australian warship’s support to Combined Task Force 150.

From the Gong to Afghanistan

This article has photo gallery Published on by Army CAPT Jarrad Baldwin (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Guy McKinnon, left, and LSMED Paul Fleith at the NATO Role 2 Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, February 2020. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Guy McKinnon, left, and LSMED Paul Fleith at the NATO Role 2 Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, February 2020.

From a recruiting centre in Wollongong to the mountains of Afghanistan, the careers of two Royal Australian Navy medics have provided the experience of practising medicine on the frontline.

CTF 150 Commander conducts key leadership engagement in India and Sri Lanka

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony Wright (Royal Canadian Navy) (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Ray Leggatt (second from right) and Australian Defence Attaché to Colombo, Group Captain Sean Unwin (right) discuss maritime security during a meeting with the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva (centre). (photo: Unknown)

Commander Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Ray Leggatt (second from right) and Australian Defence Attaché to Colombo, Group Captain Sean Unwin (right) discuss maritime security during a meeting with the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva (centre).

Commodore Ray Leggatt, current Commander of the international Combined Maritime Forces’ CTF 150 travelled to Mumbai, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka recently to discuss maritime security in the Indian Ocean with key leaders.

Toowoomba provides overwatch in Strait of Hormuz

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason Grivas (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba maintains a watch on shipping traffic in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Toowoomba maintains a watch on shipping traffic in the Gulf of Oman as part of the International Maritime Security Construct.

HMAS Toowoomba has completed the first patrol of her six month deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.