HMPNGS Lakekamu berthed in the Lakekamu River and traditionally dressed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony as locals take the time to conduct a tour and inspect the ship. (photo: MIDN Poliap M’Buleau, PNGDF)
HMPNGS Lakekamu berthed in the Lakekamu River and traditionally dressed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony as locals take the time to conduct a tour and inspect the ship.

Labuan lives on through Lakekamu

The former HMAS Labuan has proven to be a popular attraction and dedicated workhorse in her new role as part of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

People

People

  • Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Maria Marino-Gomez, at BAE Henderson Dockyard with HMAS Arunta and HMAS Perth in the background. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

    Blue planet globetrotting for Marine Engineer

    The Anzac Frigate Helicopter Support Team’s Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Maria Marino-Gomez is in a prime spot to realise her shipbuilding career aspirations and witness Defence’s future capability evolve at her doorstep.

Fleet

  • Training Commander HMAS Creswell, Commander John Wearne (right) and Lieutenant Commander Mikaila Lasalo with her family on completion of a promotion course at HMAS Creswell. (photo: Unknown)

    Naval College accommodates families

    The Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell has increased its capability to provide accommodation for serving members and their families, with the conversion of an onboard married quarter into fully self-contained live-in accommodation.

People

  • Commander Paul Cottier played the Last Post for the final time at the 75th commemorative service of the sinking of HMAS Armidale I at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: LS Nadav Harel)

    Ending on a high note

    A Navy musician has bookended his career with bugle calls, three and a half decades apart, from Seaman to Commander.

Sport

  • SMN Thomas Hiramatsu of HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: Saa Imaging)

    Rugby teams shine at National 7s Championship

    Two Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Teams are celebrating successful campaigns at the Australian Rugby National Sevens Championships recently, with the women’s team finishing in seventh place and the men’s team an impressive third place.

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Lieutenant Commander David Kingdom (right) and Lieutenant David Janszen (left) help with the clean up effort which was conducted as part of the Keep Booderee Beautiful campaign launched by Parks Australia in December 2017. (photo: Unknown)

Navy helps to keep Booderee beautiful

The ship’s company of a Royal Australian Navy base south of Sydney have joined forces with the community to clean up a local national park and maintain its beauty.

Officers and sailors of HMAS Coonawarra show their support for White Ribbon. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Coonawarra stands united against domestic violence

HMAS Coonawarra recently joined the chorus of Australian Defence Force voices on White Ribbon Day calling for an end to violence against women.

Events

HMPNGS Lakekamu berthed in the Lakekamu River and traditionally dressed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony as locals take the time to conduct a tour and inspect the ship. (photo: MIDN Poliap M’Buleau, PNGDF)

Labuan lives on through Lakekamu

The former HMAS Labuan has proven to be a popular attraction and dedicated workhorse in her new role as part of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Team Navy at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition. (photo: )

Support to surf events no challenge

The rainy weather did nothing to dampen spirits at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition recently as the Royal Australian Navy provided support for the competition where crews used various surf skills in short races that made for thrilling spectating and tight finishes.

Sport

SMN Thomas Hiramatsu of HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: Saa Imaging)

Rugby teams shine at National 7s Championship

Two Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Teams are celebrating successful campaigns at the Australian Rugby National Sevens Championships recently, with the women’s team finishing in seventh place and the men’s team an impressive third place.

STOCK IMAGE: Members of HMAS Cerberus competing in the Spartan Warrior Fitness Challenge. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Defence physical trainers offer fitness advice post-Christmas

The Christmas / New year holiday period has been a time to enjoy sleeping in, visit friends and family and, for many of us, ditch the healthy eating and exercise habits we normally adhere too. If this is the case, a more relaxed approach does not have to send you spiralling down a weight-gain and fitness-loss tunnel of doom.