Section: Community

Kris 'Blue' Skimmings, 'rider with a cause'

Published on by CPOPT Peter Swift (author), LSBM Jason Westcott (photographer)

Kris 'Blue' Skimmings with Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns CMDR Anthony Powell (left). (photo: LSBM Jason Westcott)

Kris 'Blue' Skimmings with Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns CMDR Anthony Powell (left).

Kris 'Blue' Skimmings from Ravenshoe Tablelands in Far North Queensland is an Ex-Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain who completed 20 years service in the RAN in 1991.

HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters support Jeans for Genes Day

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Jade Lancaster (front left) organised a Jeans for Genes Day morning tea fund raiser attended by staff at HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Jade Lancaster (front left) organised a Jeans for Genes Day morning tea fund raiser attended by staff at HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters, Garden Island, Sydney.

Royal Australian Navy personnel found themselves surrounded by a different sea of blue last week when they took part in the national Jeans for Genes Day to raise funds for research into childhood disease.

HMAS Gascoyne helps out in Tonga

Published on by LCDR Aaron Cox (author)

Commanding Officer HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cox, presents the Tongan Defence Service with sporting equipment. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Gascoyne, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Cox, presents the Tongan Defence Service with sporting equipment.

Mine Hunter HMAS Gascoyne has continued her south west Pacific deployment, arriving in Nuku’alofa, Tonga after a four day transit through unrelenting seas from Vanuatu.

NHQ Tasmania reinforces long association with Royal Hobart Regatta

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author), Mr Geoff Lucas (photographer)

Navy personnel and Royal Hobart Regatta volunteers on the steps of regatta pavilion with the fleshly painted seats in the background.  (photo: Unknown)

Navy personnel and Royal Hobart Regatta volunteers on the steps of regatta pavilion with the fleshly painted seats in the background.

The Royal Hobart Regatta has been staged annually for the past 175 years without a break, apart from 1967 when disastrous bush fires in southern Tasmania caused its last minute cancellation. The Royal Australian Navy and its predecessors has supported this event every year since its inception in 1838.

Busy Ballarat Logistics Management on Display

Published on by LEUT Luke Dsennard (author), SBLT Kerry Adams (author), SBLT John Chipper (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

The SMART Delegate team met with key personnel onboard HMAS Ballarat and were shown logistic challenges that a ship faces compared to being on a shore based establishment. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

The SMART Delegate team met with key personnel onboard HMAS Ballarat and were shown logistic challenges that a ship faces compared to being on a shore based establishment.

A group of Supply Chain and Logistics Management students and professionals attending the biennial Smart Conference and Expo, recently braved the winter rain to participate in a site visit to Fleet Base East and to HMAS Ballarat.

HMAS Creswell Bell Returned

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

The old Royal Australian College Bell, returned back to HMAS Creswell and placed in the museum on base. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

The old Royal Australian College Bell, returned back to HMAS Creswell and placed in the museum on base.

HMAS Creswell recently hosted a meeting of the Shoalhaven Museums and Galleries group. Executive Officer, CMDR Letitia Van Stralen spoke to the group about the history of the Naval training college before inviting them to inspect Creswell’s impressive historical collection.

Fire fighting strengthens community bonds

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), CPO Grant Pilgram (author), Ben Trevathen (photographer)

A junior member of the Singleton Volunteer Fire Brigade works hard to extinguish the simulated helicopter fire at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility - West. (photo: Ben Trevathen)

A junior member of the Singleton Volunteer Fire Brigade works hard to extinguish the simulated helicopter fire at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility - West.

Members of the Singleton Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade visited HMAS Stirling on Sunday 28th July to observe and participate in fire-fighting exercises at the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility West (RANSSSS TF-W).

NHQ Tasmania Cements Navy’s Relationship With Surf Lifesaving

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author)

Navy personnel & Clifton Beach Surf Club members after a hard day’s painting. (photo: Daryl Peebles)

Navy personnel & Clifton Beach Surf Club members after a hard day’s painting.

Nine personnel from Navy Headquarters Tasmania (including the National Domestic Engagement team and some energetic family members) donned their overalls and ‘working clothes’ on Saturday 20 July 2013 to help the local Clifton Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

NUSQN725 provides community support to deployed U.S. military personnel

Published on by LS Chris Hodgkinson (author)

(Left to right): Leading Seaman Aircrew (LSA) Eammon O'Brien, LSA Chris Hodgkinson, Able Seaman Mark Goodwin and LS Scott Roper lend a hand boxing care-packages destined for deployed U.S. military troops in Jacksonville, USA.

 (photo: LSA Chris Hodgkinson)

(Left to right): Leading Seaman Aircrew (LSA) Eammon O'Brien, LSA Chris Hodgkinson, Able Seaman Mark Goodwin and LS Scott Roper lend a hand boxing care-packages destined for deployed U.S. military troops in Jacksonville, USA.

More than 7,500 U.S. military men and women serving overseas will be receiving a care package thanks to the efforts of several hundred Jacksonville and five members from the Royal Australian Navy's New Squadron 725 (NUSQN 275), currently deployed to the USA for accelerated training on the Navy's new maritime combat helicopter - the MH-60R.

Indigenous Student Defence Work Experience Program visits HMAS Kuttabul

Published on by WO Mark Donlan (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Indigenous students from Western NSW and Naval staff visit HMAS Parramatta as part of a work placement programme. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Indigenous students from Western NSW and Naval staff visit HMAS Parramatta as part of a work placement programme.

Sixteen students from rural and remote areas of NSW were treated to a week of activities showcasing Defence careers as part of the Indigenous Student Defence Work Experience Program conducted from July 14-19.