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Christmas on operations Christmas on operations
Date Uploaded: 20 Dec 2013

Able Seaman Melissa Gay from Stawell country Victoria is truly into the Christmas spirit onboard HMAS Parramatta. Approximately 500 Defence personnel participate in Operation RESOLUTE, the ADF’s contribution to Australia’s whole of government border security effort. These include Navy, Army and Air Force personnel conducting air, land and sea surveillance and response for approximately 10 per cent of the world’s surface, 365 days a year. A number of sailors, soldiers, airmen and officers will away from home this Christmas as they provide surveillance and response to counter eight distinct maritime threats including; terrorism, people smuggling, illegal fishing, prohibited imports and exports, quarantine risks, pollution and piracy
Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST
Date Uploaded: 20 Dec 2013

Sergeant Emma Franklin from 2nd General Health Battalion applies mosquito control chemicals to the exterior of the buildings at Liloan National High School in Ormoc City. The Environmental Health Team (EHT) from 2nd General Health Battalion conducted water testing and mosquito control at the school on 4 December 2013. The testing control helps reduce the threat of disease to schoolchildren caused by mosquitoes. The risk of disease is an issue due to the large amount of standing water following Typhoon Haiyan. The risk of dengue fever is significant so the EHT applied chemicals to the exterior of the school buildings and standing water to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area. The EHT also tested the water supply to determine how safe the water is for the children to drink. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is responded as part of the Australian Government’s support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) through Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST, to support Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations.
Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST
Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST
Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 Operation RENDER SAFE 2013
Date Uploaded: 15 Nov 2013

A Toll search and rescue helicopter approaches the aft of HMAS Diamantina to begin winching training off the coast of Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe 2013. Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 is an Australian Defence Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) mission in the Solomon Islands. The Operation comprises 200 EOD specialist and support staff from the ADF, New Zealand Defence Force, Canadian Forces, the US Navy and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 runs from 29 October - 7 December this year.
Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 Operation RENDER SAFE 2013
Operation RENDER SAFE 2013
Operation RENDER SAFE 2013
Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST
Date Uploaded: 15 Nov 2013

Sapper Damien Power (right) of the 6th Engineer Support Regiment hammers in a stake to hold a sediment filter in place during Operation NSW Bushfire Assist. Members of the Engineer Remediation Force (ERF) currently assisting with recovery efforts in the Blue Mountains as part of Operation NSW Bushfire Assist, have begun sediment control and pool drainage tasks in the Springwood area. Working alongside members of the community, the ERF is creating filter systems for drainage areas to ensure water systems are not blocked by sediment and leaves that have been blown in from bushfire devastated areas. Personnel are also aiding in draining swimming pools in the area that no longer have adequate fencing to ensure sites are safe, particularly for families with children. The ERF, which has been operating for one week, is made up of approximately 90 reserve and regular Army members drawn from the Sydney-based 5th and 6th Brigades.
Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST
Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST
Operation NSW BUSHFIRE ASSIST
Underwater training in Jordan Underwater training in Jordan
Date Uploaded: 18 Sep 2013

Dive team members from HMAS Newcastle and the Royal Jordanian Naval Force pose under water after defeating a simulated mine threat as part of combined Explosive Ordnance Disposal training in Aqaba, Jordan. HMAS Newcastle hosted members of the Royal Jordan Navy for a training day while alongside in Aqaba.The training consisted of Boarding training, Damage Control training and dive training. Members of HMAS Newcastle's Boarding Team assisted the Royal Jordan Navy members by providing demonstrations on techniques employed by the Royal Australian Navy when conducting boardings.
Navy's 24hr relay swim Navy's 24hr relay swim
Date Uploaded: 18 Sep 2013

Navy personnel participated in the 24 hour swim relay at the Australian Defence Force Academy pool in support of Life Education's Ocsober launch. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral (VADM) Ray Griggs, and Chief Executive Officer for Life Education NSW, Jay Bacik, launched the relay swim on Friday 6 Sep 2013. Navy personnel entered the water at midday for the continuous swim. Navy is in its fourth year of supporting the Ocsober campaign, which encourages Aussies to go "sober" to raise money for Life Education Australia. Life Education is the largest non-government provider of drug and health education to Australian kids.
NRL Captain's Call NRL Captain's Call
Date Uploaded: 18 Sep 2013

Eight sailors from HMAS Leeuwin's crew stand by with footballs representing the eight final's team's colours on the flight deck of HMAS Leeuwin which was in Sydney for the lead up to the International Fleet Review in October. The National Rugby League and Royal Australian Navy joined forces to launch the 2013 Telstra Premiership finals series that will culminate with the joint celebrations of the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final and International Fleet Review in Sydney. The International Fleet Review will commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney from 3-11 October.
Voting in Afghanistan Voting in Afghanistan
Date Uploaded: 18 Sep 2013

Sergeant John Swensen views the Senate voting form for the 2013 Australian federal election. SGT Swensen is deployed to Tarin Kot, Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Task Group. An official from the Australian Electoral Commission travelled to Tarin Kot to facilitate the ballot. In past Australian elections, when troops were spread across Uruzgan province, it was a complicated operation to ensure all personnel could vote. This year, with all Australians in the province working at Multi National Base Tarin Kot, there was a single voting tent that operated for one week. Ballot papers from every Australian electorate were available to ensure all personnel could vote for candidates in their home electorate.
Opening of Avenue of Honour Opening of Avenue of Honour
Date Uploaded: 25 Jun 2013

The Avenue of Honour dedicated to the memory of those men who gave their lives serving their country during the war in Afghanistan has been opened in the small town of Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands, north Queensland. The project was the inspiration of the Chuck family following the loss of their son Ben as a result of a helicopter crash in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2010. From its modest conception, based on a small government grant, it grew through public support, donations and enthusiasm to become a major national monument. It is one of the few monuments of its type outside of Canberra. Family members and friends of those who are honoured travelled from all parts of the country to be there for the dedication of the memorial. The event was attended by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the federal opposition leader Tony Abbott, the Chief of the Australian Defence Force General David Hurley, and a number of senior Defence Force Officers and political representatives. The Memorial Wall was unveiled by General Hurley and Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith.
Exercise Sea Lion under way in Queensland Exercise Sea Lion under way in Queensland
Date Uploaded: 17 Jun 2013

An LCM8 approaches HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013, far north Queensland. Exercise Sea Lion - the first major joint amphibious exercise for the year - is being conducted in and around centres in north Queensland from 10 to 28 June. The exercise is part of the Australian Defence Force's enhanced amphibious capability development as the transition to operations with the Canberra Class Landing Dock (LHD) continues. The exercise will include personnel from the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Choules, Landing Craft Heavy (LCH), a multi-Role Helicopter (MRH-90) and a Royal Australian Air Force AP3-C Orion. The Australian Army will contribute troops from the 3rd, 6th, 16th and 17th Brigades to make the Amphibious Ready Element (ARE) based on 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR).
US Navy trains with HMAS Sydney US Navy trains with HMAS Sydney
Date Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Flight Deck Marshaller, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Shannon Lawler, directs a MH-60R Seahawk from Helicopter Strike Squadron Seven Seven of the US Navy as the helicopter makes a series of landings and departures aboard HMAS Sydney. Helicopter Strike Squadron Seven Seven has been conducting flight deck training with HMAS Sydney off the coast of Japan during the ship's embed with the US Navy 7th Fleet George Washington Carrier Strike Group. The embed with the strike group allows the Royal Australian Navy to increase its knowledge and skills relating to air defence procedures, strike group integration and other high end defence capabilities.
HMAS Bathurst south east Asia deployment HMAS Bathurst south east Asia deployment
Date Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Seaman Boatswains Mate Thomas Fujii connects the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to HMAS Bathurst's boat rope. HMAS Bathurst is on transit from Darwin to conduct a deployment to south-east Asia in May 2013, to ensure continuance of the strong relationships shared by the Australian Navy and its south-east Asian Defence partners, and to promote security and stability in the region. During the deployment Bathurst will take part in several events in Singapore, demonstrating the RAN's patrol boat capabilities.
Battle of the Coral Sea commemorated Battle of the Coral Sea commemorated
Date Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, placed a wreath at the Australian American Memorial during commemorations for the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II.
Training medical personnel for major incidents Training medical personnel for major incidents
Date Uploaded: 15 May 2013

Flying Officer Stuart Benson attends to a mannequin patient during the Major Incident Medical Management and Support course at RAAF Base Richmond. The course is designed to train medical personnel to respond to a major incident such as an aircraft crash. The course teaches a systematic and practical approach to field medical management with the emphasis on scene management and pre-hospital care learned through such activities as structured lectures, scene command and control, casualty triage and radio communication.
Anzac Day 2013  at Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day 2013 at Villers-Bretonneux
Date Uploaded: 26 Apr 2013

'The tower at the Australian National Memorial is lit up for the 2013 Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France. From 21 to 29 April 2013, soldiers, sailors and airmen of Australia’s Federation Guard and Defence Force bands participated in ceremonial activities in France and Belgium for the commemoration of Anzac Day and the World War I battles on the Western Front. Providing Catafalque Parties and musical support, the contingent participated in the Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux Town Service, Bullecourt Town Service, Bullecourt Digger Memorial Service, Toronto Avenue Memorial Service and a ceremony at the Menin Gate. In the lead up to Anzac Day, the contingent rehearsed in the Villers-Bretonneux area and were given cultural and battlefield tours. Australia's Federation Guard is based in Canberra and provides a tri-service ceremonial capability that promotes the standards, values, traditions and ethos of Australia and the Australian Defence Force.
Anzac Day in Afghanistan Anzac Day in Afghanistan
Date Uploaded: 25 Apr 2013

Bugler Corporal James Duquemin from the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon plays the Last Post during the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Multi National Base – Tarin Kot. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and women at Multi National Base – Tarin Kot gathered for a dawn service marking the last Anzac Day ADF personnel will experience in Uruzgan province. Several hundred personnel from the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, Combined Team Uruzgan, Force Support Unit 7, the Counter Rocket Artillery Mortar detachment, Force Communications Unit 8, Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Group 2, Multi National Base Command Tarin Kot, Special Operations Task Group, Provincial Reconstruction Team and Defence and Government civilians attended the dawn service. They paid a solemn tribute to personnel who had died on operations, including the 39 Australian soldiers who had fallen in Afghanistan since 2002.
Thousands gather for 2013 Gallipoli commemorations Thousands gather for 2013 Gallipoli commemorations
Date Uploaded: 25 Apr 2013

A crowd of approximately 10,000 people gathered for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli, Turkey. As the sun began to rise over the shores of Anzac Cove, Australians and New Zealanders remembered all those who have been lost in the service of their nation. Australia’s Federation Guard provided a catafalque party with New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) members, while music was provided by the Royal Australian Navy Band, an Australian Army Piper and Air Force Bugler. At the conclusion of the service, attendees made their way up the slopes of Gallipoli to attend the Australian Memorial Service at the Lone Pine Memorial.
HMAS Cerberus Dawn Service 2013 HMAS Cerberus Dawn Service 2013
Date Uploaded: 25 Apr 2013

Chaplain Jason Wright and HMAS Cerberus Catafalque Party at General Salute during the Dawn Service held at the Memorial Gardens of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. Australian Defence Force members, veterans, families and locals gathered at HMAS Cerberus Memorial Gardens in Victoria, to take part in a moving Anzac Day Dawn Service. Anzac Day 2013 marks the 98th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shore of Gallipoli and the remarkable efforts of the crew of AE2 in the Sea of Marmara. Each year we reflect on the sacrifice of those brave men and women who have served this country so proudly in uniform not only in combat, but in peace-keeping, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions.
Anzac Day at Greenwell Point, NSW Anzac Day at Greenwell Point, NSW
Date Uploaded: 25 Apr 2013

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Kara Knezevic raises the Australian National Flag during the Dawn Service at Greenwell Point, NSW. On Anzac Day we remember the original Anzacs who died on 25 April 1915, and we also remember the service men and women who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions. Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made our service men and women, past and present, who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.
HMAS Choules Unit Readiness Evaluation    HMAS Choules Unit Readiness Evaluation
Date Uploaded: 12 Apr 2013

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems, Benjamin Heron, looks through the Operation Manual with Officer of the Watch, Lieutenant Michael St Clair, onboard HMAS Choules Bridge. HMAS Choules has returned to sea following assurance testing of the ships six propulsion and power distribution transformers.
HMAS Choules Mariner Skills Evaluation    HMAS Choules Mariner Skills Evaluation
Date Uploaded: 12 Apr 2013

Ship's Flight Deck Team and Ship's Standing Sea, Fire and Emergency Party respond to a simulated helicopter crash on HMAS Choules Flight Deck as Sea Training Group look on. HMAS Choules has returned to sea following assurance testing of the ships six propulsion and power distribution transformers.
Uruzgan Lines Inauguration Parade Uruzgan Lines Inauguration Parade
Date Uploaded: 05 Apr 2013

During his visit to 7th Brigade at Gallipoli Barracks the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO officially opened new accommodation facilities for the 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment. The new lines will be known as the Uruzgan Lines in recognition of the work and sacrifice of Australian Troops in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province where they have been deployed over recent years.
Easter Celebrations in the MEAO Easter Celebrations in the MEAO
Date Uploaded: 05 Apr 2013

Coalition personnel of different religious faiths celebrated Easter by attending church services at Multi National Base Tarin Kot. They participated in a Bible reading at the Tarin Kot cenotaph during the stations of the cross Easter service

Air Force Cadets Parade Air Force Cadets Parade
Date Uploaded: 05 Apr 2013

Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and staff from around the country converged on Point Cook in Melbourne for the annual Air Force Trophy parade. The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, attended the parade as the guest of honour and Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Davies CSC, presented the award on behalf of Air Force. The Air Force Trophy is awarded each year to the most proficient AAFC Wing. This year’s winners were the Victorian based No. 4 Wing (4WG).

Submarine manouevres Submarine manouevres
Date Uploaded: 05 Apr 2013

Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham Western Australia was busier than usual as three submarines on a variety of activities were in close proximity for a short time. HMAS Dechaineux was departing for deployment, HMAS Waller was undertaking post maintenance trials after recently completing a scheduled maintenance period while HMAS Sheean was departing to conduct a variety of activities off the coast.
Vietnamese Minister of Defense official call    Vietnamese Minister of Defense official call
Date Uploaded: 20 Mar 2013

The Vietnamese Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, recently visited Australia. His visit included a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and talks with his Australian counterpart, Hon Stephen Smith. The General also visited Sydney where toured Fleet Headquarters and the Australian Frigate HMAS ANZAC. Commander Surface Force, Commodore Jonathan Mead, briefed the Minister and his delegation on how the Royal Australian Navy manages its major bases and Fleet Units. The visit also provided an opportunity for the General to meet a variety of Royal Australian Navy personnel who work at Garden Island and Fleet Headquarters and highlighted the importance of maritime engagement to the bilateral Vietnamese and Australian relationship.
Up and away for Canberra's centenary Up and away for Canberra's centenary
Date Uploaded: 19 Mar 2013

As the Air Force balloon prepares for launch, balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the sky during the 2013 Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Members of Central Flying School's Balloon Flight joined a host of national and international balloonists taking part in the Balloon Spectacular held between 9 and 17 March as the National Capital celebrated its centenary. Listed as one of the top three hot air ballooning events in the world, this year's spectacular has given the Balloon Flight the opportunity to interact with the public, provide tethered flights and take part in the mass flying display.
Aero medical evacuations during Queensland floods Aero medical evacuations during Queensland floods
Date Uploaded: 01 Feb 2013

Ambulances line up behind a No. 37 Squadron C-130J Hercules to receive hospital patients evacuated from Bundaberg during an Aero Medical Evacuation. Rising floodwaters in Queensland have forced local health services in the city of Bundaberg to aeromedically evacuate 90 patients from a local hospital. To assist this, Air Force has dispatched a pair of C-130J Hercules, carrying aeromedical evacuation personnel from RAAF Bases Richmond and Williamtown, to transport patients to Brisbane. These efforts are part of wider support being provided by Defence to state emergency services in across Queensland in response to dangerous floodwaters across the state.
HMAS Parramatta departs HMAS Parramatta departs
Date Uploaded: 16 Jan 2013

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Parramatta was farewelled by family and friends as she sailed for a four-month deployment. The Anzac Class Frigate will start the year supporting border protection operations as part of Operation RESOLUTE before visiting ports in south-east Asia and northern Australia.
School benefits from Navy fundraising School benefits from Navy fundraising
Date Uploaded: 17 Dec 2012

HMAS Stirling Executive Officer Commander Rudi Overmeyer presents Malibu School Principal Noelene Mason with a cheque for $45,338.48 during the HMAS Stirling and Malibu Special School Christmas Party. HMAS Stirling hosted a Christmas Party for the kids of the Malibu Special School at the HMAS Stirling Gym. Santa made an appearance at the party, which celebrated the relationship shared between the Navy and the school, which is one of Stirling's official charities. Navy personnel from the base presented the school with a cheque for $45,338.48 which had been raised at various fundraising events throughout the year. The money will go towards making improvements at the school.