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  • 24 February 2014

    The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has ended a highly successful deployment to the Middle East, handing over to HMAS Darwin responsibility for security operations for Operation SLIPPER.   During her five months on station, HMAS Melbourne carried out multiple operations, seizing narcotics with an estimated Australian street value of $1.214 billion, the largest […]

  • 10 February 2014

    On 7 February 2014, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) frigate HMAS Melbourne conducted a second drug bust during a boarding operation on a vessel suspected of transporting illicit cargo off the coast of Tanzania. During the operation the frigate’s crew seized 190 kilograms of heroin of around $AU380 million dollars of estimated street value.   […]

  • 21 October 2013

    Royal Australian Navy ship, HMAS Melbourne, has intercepted suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia as part of maritime security patrols in Middle Eastern waters for Operation SLIPPER. The suspected pirates were intercepted on 15 October 2013 after the Combined Maritime Forces received two reports of attempted acts of piracy against two separate merchant vessels during the […]

  • 4 December 2015

    Australian HMAS Melbourne seized 151 kilograms of heroin worth an estimated $AUD44.5 ($32.6) million from a fishing dhow off the east coast of Africa November 30. HMAS Melbourne’s Commanding Officer Commander Bill Waters said the ship’s crew boarded a suspicious fishing vessel following surveillance which suggested the dhow might be engaged in illegal activity. Commander […]

  • 24 September 2013
    Training & Education

    As HMAS Melbourne readied for its departure from Fremantle Port on Sunday for the Middle East to participate in Operation SLIPPER members of ships company made their last mainland calls to family and friends, others ordered flowers or completed cards or letters to make the last postal service in Australia prior to their departure for the Middle […]

  • 21 September 2015

    Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne, working for Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, came to the aid of a critically ill merchant seaman in the southern Arabian Sea. The vessel was responding to a Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) call from the Merchant Vessel (MV) City of Beijing, which required life-saving aid for a critically […]

  • 1 August 2012
    Training & Education

    HMAS Melbourne has departed the Middle East Area of Operations after a successful six-month deployment as part of Operation SLIPPER. Melbourne heads home to Fleet Base East in Sydney, NSW, after conducting maritime security patrols, counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations from the Red and Arabian Seas to the Gulfs of Aden, Oman, Aqaba and the Straits […]

  • 17 February 2011

    The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, will return to Garden Island, Sydney, on Friday 18 February following a six-month deployment to the Middle East. HMAS Melbourne departed Fleet Base East for the Middle East on 16 August 2010, carrying 230 men and women, for a six-month deployment, as part of Operation Slipper: […]

  • 7 September 2015

    Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne has arrived in the Middle East and commenced her first patrol as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which conducts maritime security patrols across the region. Assigned to CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, Melbourne will conduct a 5 month rotation that will see her sail over 32,000 […]

  • 21 February 2014
    Training & Education

    The Australian Naval Ship HMAS “Melbourne” arrived at the port of Colombo on 21st February 2014 on a goodwill visit. It was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.   Ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander BJ Schligel a courtesy call on Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe […]

  • 7 October 2015

    HMAS Melbourne’s crew has seized 427 kilograms of heroin hidden in a fishing dhow carrying the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean. The intercept occurred during Melbourne’s first patrol of her current Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East region. The crew of HMAS Melbourne observed the dhow operating suspiciously and a boarding party via […]

  • 3 April 2015
    Training & Education

    Following a very successful Unit Readiness work up, HMAS Melbourne was back in action recently supporting the warfare assessment week – a critical point in the career continuum for both maritime warfare officers and combat system sailors. The warfare students spent considerable time honing their maritime war-fighting skills in a simulated environment at the HMAS […]

  • 28 March 2019

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Melbourne got underway from her Sydney homeport to start a two-month deployment to the Pacific and South East Asia. “It’s sad to think about those at home when we sail from Sydney on deployment, but I’m excited about what the ship and crew will achieve on this trip,” the […]

  • 4 November 2015

    United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) took a chance to bring a special brand of law enforcement to Her Majesty’s Australian Ship (HMAS) Melbourne while on patrol in the Arabian Sea. Special Agent Patrick Price, of the NCIS, was assigned to Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) and acted as a law enforcement advisor to HMAS Melbourne’s Commanding […]

  • 18 February 2014

    The Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Melbourne is on a winning streak in its battle against illicit drug-trafficking, this time in partnership with the Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Alamgir. Both ships are deployed on patrol in the Indian Ocean under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).   The crews of the two navies have seized […]

  • 16 November 2018

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has wrapped up six months of operations in the Pacific and Nort East Asian regions and has returned to her homeport at Garden Island Sydney. According to the ship’s commanding officer, Commander Marcus Buttler, the deployment was a great success as the ship fulfilled all of its assigned tasks […]

  • 16 September 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class frigate HMAS Melbourne has arrived in the City of Melbourne for her final port visit before she is decommissioned next month. The 138-meter-long warship berthed alongside Station Pier on September 13, ahead of a four-day port visit to say goodbye to the city where she was built. Melbourne’s crew of more […]

  • 29 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Melbourne departed her home port of Fleet Base East bound to start a seven month deployment to the South West Pacific and North East Asia. Melbourne’s deployment will include participation in the second iteration of Indo-Pacific Endeavour, exercise Kakadu in Australia’s north and a variety of port visits and community […]

  • 29 June 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Following a 10 week maintenance period, Australian Navy’s HMAS Melbourne is back in action, preparing for a Middle East deployment. Melbourne has been conducting intensive training to refine mariner and warfighting skills, and at the mid point, a well earned break was taken in Melbourne’s home city of Melbourne. It has been six years since […]

  • 14 November 2013
    Training & Education

    In a true display of ANZAC spirit, three Royal New Zealand Navy sailors on board HMAS Melbourne, have been instrumental in an operation involving the interception of nine suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia. The three sailors played a vital role manning Melbourne’s Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB); intercepting the skiffs and inserting an […]

  • 4 February 2016

    The crew of the Royal Australian Navy’s guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne made their fifth drug seizure in Operation Manitou as they seized around 65kg of heroin from a dhow in the Indian Ocean. The hidden drugs were discovered when Melbourne’s boarding party searched a suspect vessel during Melbourne’s last maritime security patrol with the multinational Combined Maritime Forces […]

  • 28 October 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne retired in a ceremony at her home port of Garden Island in Sydney after 27 years of service. The 138m-long ship was decommissioned on October 26 as the last remaining of six built for the Australian Navy. Melbourne has steamed more than 900,000 nautical miles, […]

  • 12 March 2014
    Training & Education

    The Warrnambool community were granted a rare opportunity to see a warship on Tuesday, when HMAS Melbourne conducted a close proximity transit during her return voyage to her homeport Garden Island, Sydney.   As dusk set in, Melbourne launched her embarked S-70B Seahawk helicopter, affectionately known as Dominator, which released a short volley of flares. […]

  • 16 January 2014

    New Zealand and Australian Anzac-class frigates HMNZS TE MANA and HMAS MELBOURNE met up recently in the Arabian Sea.   Both being assigned to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) task forces conducing counter-piracy operations, the rendezvous was an opportunity for the ships’ crews to exchange visits and get a taste of home at sea. Three Royal […]

  • 4 November 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) successfully launched an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) in a test off the east coast of Australia. The navy shared a video of the event and added that the missile firing was the first conducted in Automatic Self Defence (ASD) mode from one of three guided […]

  • 7 February 2014

     HMAS Melbourne has intercepted a shipment of 353 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin during a boarding operation on a suspected drug smuggling dhow off the coast of Tanzania on Wednesday, 5 February 2014.   The drugs are said to be worth $706 million Australian dollars, circa USD 626 million. The ship received […]

  • 29 December 2015

    The Royal Australian Navy’s frigate HMAS Melbourne pulled off the fourth drug seizure since September 2015. Melbourne’s crew seized more than 100 kilograms of heroin from a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s boarding party conducted a search of a vessel on December 26 and discovered 118kg of drugs hidden inside which was […]

  • 18 December 2013

    Australian personnel onboard HMAS Melbourne have seized and destroyed amphetamines valued at approximately $11.3 million during two separate boardings over the past week in the Arabian Sea as part of the Combined Maritime Forces.E Approximately $6.2 million of amphetamines was discovered during the first boarding on 13 December 2013 and a further quantity valued at […]

  • 23 September 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Australian Navy’s HMAS Melbourne is hard at work on her first Operation MANITOU patrol of her current deployment with the multi-national Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East and northern Indian Ocean. This is Melbourne’s eighth deployment to the Middle East and her second deployment with the Combined Maritime Forces in the past two years. […]