Section: Community

NAIDOC Week in the west

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Newcastle’s Crew Called to the Captain’s Table

Published on by WO Phil Smith (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Samuel Curtis, Able Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Nurzenski, Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Alix Smith, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Muller (Executive Officer) and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks enjoy receiv (photo: POEW Ben White)

(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Samuel Curtis, Able Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Nurzenski, Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Alix Smith, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Muller (Executive Officer) and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks enjoy receiv

In the middle of the Indian Ocean and a long way from the usual dinner queue, four lucky members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company enjoyed a sumptuous Lobster dinner in the Commanding Officer’s (CO) cabin.

Stirling donates the gift of life

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling.

Close to 100 defence personnel rolled up their sleeves and donated the gift of life, when the Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Service visited HMAS Stirling recently.

Strong partnerships help improve conditions in Island nations

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background.

Australian Defence Force personnel are playing a vital role as key contributors to Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, a United States-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission to help improve the lives of people in the Pacific Region.

West Head Gunnery Range Flinders Community Visit and PWO50 Course

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Members of the Flinders Community Organisation in front of the 72mm gun at West Head Gunnery Range. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Members of the Flinders Community Organisation in front of the 72mm gun at West Head Gunnery Range.

West Head Gunnery Range (WHGR), an outstation of HMAS Cerberus located in Flinders, Victoria, welcomed residents of the Flinders community to tour their training facilities and witness a firing exercise by the Principle Warfare Officers Course 50 (PWO 50).

CMDR Ben Favelle 'went to gaol' for a night as part of the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Darwin

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

CMDR Ben Favelle settles in for the night at the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Darwin. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)

CMDR Ben Favelle settles in for the night at the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Darwin.

CMDR Ben Favelle - The Senior Naval Officer NT and Commanding Officer of patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra - "went to gaol" for a night recently.

Participating in the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Darwin, CMDR Favelle self admitted to the old Fannie Bay Gaol to help raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in the Darwin area.

SBLT Terron Kelly hoping to raise $5000 in the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer

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Sub Lieutenant Terron Kelly RAN, poses in her Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling shirt with her bicycle, in preparation for The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer for 2013 at Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Sub Lieutenant Terron Kelly RAN, poses in her Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling shirt with her bicycle, in preparation for The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer for 2013 at Fleet Base East, Sydney.

SBLT Terron Kelly is participating in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer this October 12-13 riding 200kms through scenic New South Wales countryside.

She has so far raised $3112.80 towards her goal of $5000 through a mufti day last week at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul.

Aussie sailors bring joy to Korean orphans

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author)

The children and staff of the Saebit Christian Nursery School take time to pose for a group photograph with the 15-man 'working bee' party from HMAS Sydney. (photo: LEUT Grant McDuling)

The children and staff of the Saebit Christian Nursery School take time to pose for a group photograph with the 15-man 'working bee' party from HMAS Sydney.

In a time-honoured tradition, sailors of the Royal Australian Navy guided missile frigate HMAS Sydney recently paid a visit to an orphanage in Busan, Republic of Korea, and got to work painting, repairing and carrying out odd jobs to help brighten up the children’s day.

HQ Northern Command’s Bigger Morning Tea

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, Able Seaman Tiffany White and Commander Northern Command Air Commodore Ken Watson at Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin enjoy a brew to raise money for the Cancer Council. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, Able Seaman Tiffany White and Commander Northern Command Air Commodore Ken Watson at Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin enjoy a brew to raise money for the Cancer Council.

A fierce family rivalry has lead to the Headquarters Northern Command raising more than $650 for the Cancer Council in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser last month.

World Hydrography Day

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The Australian Hydrographic Service Notices to Mariners team: Manager Nautical Assessment Mark Bolger (centre) and Nautical Assessment Officers Miss Sarah Conelius and Mr Peter Naumovski. (photo: )

The Australian Hydrographic Service Notices to Mariners team: Manager Nautical Assessment Mark Bolger (centre) and Nautical Assessment Officers Miss Sarah Conelius and Mr Peter Naumovski.

Today is UN World Hydrography Day and this year’s theme is how hydrography supports the Blue Economy. The ‘blue economy’ refers the sum of all economic activity associated with the oceans, seas, harbours, ports, and coastal zones. The seas and oceans take up 71% of the Earths’ surface area, and more than 90% of Australia’s trade is by sea.