Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer (left) is presented with HMAS Bundaberg's Australian White Ensign by Commanding Officer HMAS Bundaberg, Lieutenant Commander James Edmondson during the ship's decommissioning ceremony at HMAS Cairns.

HMAS Bundaberg decommissioned

HMAS Bundaberg was decommissioned from Royal Australian Navy service at a small ceremony in HMAS Cairns on 18 December.

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  • The Director of General Navy People, Commodore Peter Laver (standing) with members of the 'Keeping Watch' Grants Committee in Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)

    Keeping Watch gives at the right time

    As Christmas approaches, four families in need have been provided with some welcome relief to ease the hardships of caring for seriously ill loved ones. Operating as an arm of the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Keeping Watch, the Navy’s own charity, has celebrated its first birthday by meeting its prime objective - giving to those in need.

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  • A shark is about to be freed from an illegal longline by Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked on HMAS Huon on November 25th 2014. (photo: ABCIS Philippa Smith)

    Long line of duty for HMAS Huon

    Navy personnel have come to the rescue of sharks trapped in abandoned longlines recently, whilst on patrol east of Ashmore Island.

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  • Members from the New Generation Navy, Sydney and Defence Community Organisation volunteering at 'Our Big Kitchen' in Bondi, Sydney. (photo: AB Matthew Murphy)

    Cooking for the community

    Navy and Defence Community Organisation have strengthened relationships across and beyond Navy, by getting messy in the kitchen.

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  • HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick marshals in a S-70B-2 Seahawk for a helicopter in-flight refuelling evolution. (photo: ABEW Anthony Bergman)

    Melbourne takes to the skies

    HMAS Melbourne ship's motto, 'vires aquirit eundo', translates as 'she gathers strength as she goes'. Commissioned on 15 February 1992, she is one of the Royal Australian Navy's four Adelaide class guided missile frigates and constantly continues to impress.

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The Director of General Navy People, Commodore Peter Laver (standing) with members of the 'Keeping Watch' Grants Committee in Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)

Keeping Watch gives at the right time This article has photo gallery

As Christmas approaches, four families in need have been provided with some welcome relief to ease the hardships of caring for seriously ill loved ones. Operating as an arm of the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF), Keeping Watch, the Navy’s own charity, has celebrated its first birthday by meeting its prime objective - giving to those in need.

Members from the New Generation Navy, Sydney and Defence Community Organisation volunteering at 'Our Big Kitchen' in Bondi, Sydney. (photo: AB Matthew Murphy)

Cooking for the community

Navy and Defence Community Organisation have strengthened relationships across and beyond Navy, by getting messy in the kitchen.

Events

Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems, Stewart Thurlow raises the Australian White Ensign during the commissioning ceremony onboard HMAS Canberra at Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

HMAS Canberra's White Ensign is raised for the first time This article has photo gallery

As guests arrived for the commissioning of the Royal Australian Navy’s newest ship on 28 November, they began to appreciate the size of the Landing Helicopter Dock.

Lieutenant Shane Boulden hands Navy merchandise to Mrs Sam Alchin during the Queanbeyan City Family Fun Day. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Harman joins in Queanbeyan family fun

Last weekend, members from HMAS Harman joined in a day of festivities at the Queanbeyan City Council family fun day and the Gift. For 35 years the event has brought together people from the region.

Sport

Able Seaman Boatswain's Mate Brent Stafford playing for the Establishments team dives to score during a game of Touch Football. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

Establishments continue winning run in the west

The 2014 Fleet Commander’s Challenge Sports Day was hotly contested between fleet and establishment teams at HMAS Stirling on 26 November.

Team Navy Offshore Superboat racing at the Australian Championships held in Hervey Bay, Queensland.  (photo: EMB Photographics)

Team Navy takes out the Australian Extreme Supercat title

Brendan and Chris Frier were back in winning form in their Team Navy Offshore Superboat in the final round of the Australian Championships held on 30 November in Hervey Bay, Queensland.