Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)
Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Australia Day 2015 Honours - Diversity recognised

Chief of Navy's Strategic Adviser on Indigenous Cultural Affairs, Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, said being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List was a great honour and not one he would take lightly.


  • Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nathan Kane (left) launches an ARGO Float from HMAS Success while sailing toward the Middle East. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

    HMAS Success assist CSIRO with robotic floats

    During their transit to the Middle East in November and December 2014, the crew of HMAS Success assisted the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with their global Argo program. This innovative project aims to gather up ocean data using robotic floats.


  • Petty Officer Boatswain Simon Yates at the Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

    Australia Day 2015 Honours - A 'conspicuous' Australia Day

    Many mark Australia Day with family and friends, feasting at barbeques and picnics and filling the day with relaxation or celebration. For Petty Officer Boatswain Simon Yates, this Australia Day will be forever remembered as he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious achievement in Boatswain training implementation as the Boatswain's Faculty Program Assistant at HMAS Cerberus.



  • Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen salutes after laying a wreath at the HMAS Canberra memorial service at Kings Park, Canberra. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

    Australia Day 2015 Honours - Deputy Chief leads the way

    Distinguished service in a variety of challenging command and leadership positions has earned Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Military Division of the 2015 Australia Day Honours List.


  • Commanding Officer of STS Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe OAM RAN (front, centre), and World Voyage Passage One Youth Crew celebrate rounding Cape Horn on Australia Day 2015. (photo: Ms Olivia Franke)

    Young Endeavour rounds Cape Horn

    The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour rounded Cape Horn on Australia Day, 36 days into a twelve month circumnavigation of the world.


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Able Seaman Marine Technician Katrina Harris (right) presents an ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award to year ten student, Danielle Brennan, at Tomaree High School. (photo: Unknown)

Returning the favour

Growing up on the water in Nelson Bay, a beach side town 40 minutes north of Newcastle, Katrina Harris was unsure of her future career path.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Rhys Keen gives a fire fighting lesson to Cadet Seamen Aladil Ali (front) and Noah Mokahal on the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne during a tour of the ship by cadets from the Sydney area. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Cadets get hands-on experience

Staff and cadets from Australian Navy Cadet units Australia, Hawkesbury and Sirius joined HMAS Melbourne in December for a day of fun and education about life at sea.


Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Leigh McDonald stands on the quarterdeck as HMAS Canberra sails from Sydney Harbour. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Navy centre stage for Australia Day 2015

After a well earned Christmas break the ship’s company of HMAS Canberra have taken the newly commissioned Landing Helicopter Dock to sea for the first time this year. In the lead up to Australia Day where the ship will take centre stage on Sydney Harbour, the crew have been put through a range of scenarios to ensure the ship’s safety.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN speaks at the announcement of the 2015 Australia Day program onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Australia Day comes to Canberra This article has photo gallery

HMAS Canberra hosted the launch of the Australia Day Council of New South Wales' 2015 Australia Day Program this week in spectacular style.


Australian Defence Force personnel participate in the Inter-Service Yachting Championships held on Sydney Harbour. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

Smooth sailing for Navy team

Navy yachtsmen dominated the Interservice Yachting Championships, winning the overall competition held on Sydney Harbour from 8-12 December.

United Kingdom Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) (blue and white) came out in the lead in a Boxing Day cricket match against Combined Task Force (CTF 150) Canadian and Australian personnel. 
 (photo: PO1 Todd Stevenson, RCN)

Cricket the ticket to cooperation

Operational tasking was put on hold for some of Combined Task Force 150 on Boxing Day, and the gloves were on for a showdown of epic proportions.