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Amphibious veterans return to Borneo in honour of lost mates

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90 year old Royal Australian Navy Second World War Veteran Mr. Bryan Wearne (HMAS Manoora) explains to Australia’s Federation Guardsman, AB Elyse MacPherson how he came ashore on Balikpapan Beach in Borneo, in May 1945.
 (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

90 year old Royal Australian Navy Second World War Veteran Mr. Bryan Wearne (HMAS Manoora) explains to Australia’s Federation Guardsman, AB Elyse MacPherson how he came ashore on Balikpapan Beach in Borneo, in May 1945.

When 90 year old Bryan Wearne last visited Balikpapan beach, he was under enemy fire during one of the most ambitious Australian amphibious operations of the Second World War. 70 years later, Bryan and fellow Royal Australian Navy veteran Pat Curtis have returned to Borneo to relive past adventures and to honour lost mates. 

Toowoomba exercise Freedom of Entry

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Stefan Stuart (author)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company parade the Freedom of Entry certificate through Toowoomba city. (photo: 28SQN AFID AMB)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company parade the Freedom of Entry certificate through Toowoomba city.

HMAS Toowoomba exercised her right and privilege of Freedom of Entry on 6 June, marching with swords drawn, bands playing, drums beating and colours flying through the City of Toowoomba.

Stirling recognises indigenous links

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Austin (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Ms Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern and Whadjuk Noongar custodian, delivers a Welcome to Country address and provides details on the indigenous history of the area. Ingrid's address was given to officers and sailors of HMAS Stirling prior to the National Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Ms Ingrid Cumming, CEO of Kart Koort Wiern and Whadjuk Noongar custodian, delivers a Welcome to Country address and provides details on the indigenous history of the area. Ingrid's address was given to officers and sailors of HMAS Stirling prior to the National Reconciliation Week flag raising ceremony.

National Reconciliation Week was marked across Australia at the end of May and at HMAS Stirling personnel gathered in respect of the traditional custodians of the region and to celebrate Navy's Indigenous serving members.

Remarkable oration a 'must read' for all Australians

Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), LEUT Ben Robinson (author)

The gallant last stand of HMAS Yarra (II) painting by David Marshall- HMAS Creswell. (photo: Unknown)

The gallant last stand of HMAS Yarra (II) painting by David Marshall- HMAS Creswell.

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, delivered the annual Australian Naval Institute's Vernon Parker Oration to a large audience in Canberra on 26 May.

Japanese sailors join the honour roll

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Representing the Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath during the Kuttabul commemorative service. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Representing the Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Peter Leavy, RAN, salutes after laying a wreath during the Kuttabul commemorative service.

Seventy-three years since the sinking of the ferry HMAS Kuttabul during a Japanese midget submarine attack, a commemorative service has been held, to remember the 19 Australians, two British and six Japanese personnel who perished. 

Navy Diver qualifies for Ironman Challenge

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ABCD Alan Bone, of AUSCDT Four, was one of 11 Defence personnel and members of the Australian Defence Triathlon Club (ADTC) who competed in the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run.  
His time of 9 hours and 46 minutes gained him first place in the 18-24 male division and his spot in the world championships to be held in October. (photo: Unknown)

ABCD Alan Bone, of AUSCDT Four, was one of 11 Defence personnel and members of the Australian Defence Triathlon Club (ADTC) who competed in the gruelling 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42.2km run. His time of 9 hours and 46 minutes gained him first place in the 18-24 male division and his spot in the world championships to be held in October.

A committed sailor has qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, by winning his age category at the Australian Ironman Triathlon at Port Macquarie on May 3.

Oar-some result for Navy rowers

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Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Members of the Australian Defence Rowing Association practice at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith in preparation for racing on the weekend.

Navy rowers helped the Australian Defence Rowing Association achieve its best result at a national event at the 2015 Australian Masters Rowing Championships held in Sydney from May 28-31.

Ice Hockey gets the nod

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), FLTLT Eamon Hamilton (author)

Leading Seaman Scott Tunnard during the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association training camp held in Sydney, NSW. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Scott Tunnard during the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association training camp held in Sydney, NSW.

Sailors and officers are hip-checking and taking slap-shots with impunity as ice hockey joins the ranks of officially recognised sports within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Cross fitness at Cerberus

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Holger van Geelan (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Paticipants and judges of the 2015 Cerberus Cross Fit Championship, held at Cross Fit Dromana, Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Paticipants and judges of the 2015 Cerberus Cross Fit Championship, held at Cross Fit Dromana, Victoria.

Cross fitness enthusiasts from HMAS Cerberus have created their own cross fitness club and held their first championship at the end of May, at local facility Dromana CrossFit.

Navy bowls - nail biting stuff

Published on by CPO Noleen Brennan (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic Robert Dixon posted to HMAS Cerberus delivers the winning bowl to win the RAN Lawn Bowls Association Singles Final at Forster Bowling Club, NSW, 28th May 2015. (photo: POIS Phillip

Leading Seaman Medic Robert Dixon posted to HMAS Cerberus delivers the winning bowl to win the RAN Lawn Bowls Association Singles Final at Forster Bowling Club, NSW, 28th May 2015.

The Royal Australian Navy Lawn Bowls Association held their annual championships at the Forster Bowls Club, New South Wales, in the last week of May. Members came from all ships and establishments to compete, and although numbers were low in comparison to previous years it didn’t hinder the fierce competition.