LTC Matthew Emborski, Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN, Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday, 19th of February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
LTC Matthew Emborski, Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN, Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday, 19th of February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

Darwin's war - remembered

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Events

  • Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

    Emotional ceremony at Bangka

    Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy. 

People

  • The new Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, CMDR Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita, father LCDR David Sutherland, and brother CHAP James Sutherland, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

    Keeping it in the Navy family

    They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.

Community

  • Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

    Darwin’s submarine commemorated

    A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

Fleet

  • Officer of the Watch Lieutenant Robert McRae wears the new Bluetooth wireless headset on the bridge of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

    New headphones music to the ears

    Bluetooth headsets could soon be introduced onto the bridges of Australian frigates thanks to the enterprise and innovation of two young engineers onboard HMAS Newcastle.

People

  • (L-R) CPL Chris May, MAJGEN Mark Kelly (Retd) of the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, AVM Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Michael Strong, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne on the 3rd of February, 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

    Ongoing health support continues

    The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year – one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.

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Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Darwin’s submarine commemorated This article has photo gallery

A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin (photo: RANC SBLT Jarvis TS Endeavour)

Along for the ride on Leeuwin This article has photo gallery

Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment.

Events

LTC Matthew Emborski, Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN, Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday, 19th of February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Darwin's war - remembered This article has photo gallery

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Emotional ceremony at Bangka This article has photo gallery

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy. 

Sport

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Natasha Wilson puts members of the Hobart based Lauderdale Football Club through a pre-season training session on the flight deck of HMAS Choules while alongside in Hobart. (photo: Unknown)

Teamwork that transcends This article has photo gallery

On a quiet Saturday morning in Hobart recently there was no shortage of high intensity effort on HMAS Choules, as a local football team was put through their paces by a Navy physical trainer.

The first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class held at HMAS Kuttabul, with instructor Ash Noble (front, middle). (photo: LSPTI Zac Stanley)

Classes prove a hit for Navy

The recent acceptance of martial arts into the list of approved sports by the Australian Defence Force Sports Council, and subsequent introduction of classes at HMAS Kuttabul, has proven a real 'hit' - keeping Navy members 'fit to fight'.