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Navy crew receive Group Bravery Citation for Queensland flood rescue

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

From Left, Recipients of a Group Citation for Bravery, Petty Officer Nicholas Anderson, Lieutenant Simon Driessen, RAN, Commander Scott Palmer, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Kerwyn Ballico, after an award ceremony at Government House, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

From Left, Recipients of a Group Citation for Bravery, Petty Officer Nicholas Anderson, Lieutenant Simon Driessen, RAN, Commander Scott Palmer, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Kerwyn Ballico, after an award ceremony at Government House, Sydney.

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, last week presented the crew of a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter with the Group Bravery Citation at Government House, Sydney, in recognition of their exemplary rescue efforts during the 2011 Queensland floods.

Ashes scattered from HMAS Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Stacey Butson (right) scatters the ashes of her grandfather, John Mortimer Butson, with the help of close friend, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bonny Hood, on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Stacey Butson (right) scatters the ashes of her grandfather, John Mortimer Butson, with the help of close friend, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bonny Hood, on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin.

A sailor has honoured the memory of her grandfather, who served in the Navy during World War II (WWII), with the scattering of his ashes off the east coast of Tanzania from HMAS Darwin.

It was a good Friday for Sub Lieutenant McCluskey

Published on by LEUT Natasha Gavriel (author), ABEW Daniel Rane (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann, presents Sub-Lieutenant Paul McCluskey his Bridge Warfare Certificate for a Guided Missile Frigate on the bridge of HMAS Sydney (IV). (photo: ABEW Daniel Rane)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann, presents Sub-Lieutenant Paul McCluskey his Bridge Warfare Certificate for a Guided Missile Frigate on the bridge of HMAS Sydney (IV).

There are many memorable moments in an officer’s naval career, but few come close to the day that a Maritime Warfare Officer receives their Primary Qualification.

HMAS Choules hits new records with ‘Super SAVO’s’ 1000

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Choules' Ships Aviation Officer (SAVO) Lieutenant Commander John Sime RAN, reached the milestone of over 1000 Deck Landing Practice (DLPs) flights during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Choules' Ships Aviation Officer (SAVO) Lieutenant Commander John Sime RAN, reached the milestone of over 1000 Deck Landing Practice (DLPs) flights during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014.

Thursday night, 10 April 2014, Lieutenant Commander John Sime achieved the milestone of over 1000 deck landings and launches in one year onboard HMAS Choules.

Rain fails to dampen Anzac Day commemorations in Cairns

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, inspects his ship's company before stepping off for the Anzac Day March in Cairns. (photo: ABHSO Kate Jolley)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, inspects his ship's company before stepping off for the Anzac Day March in Cairns.

Braving the cold and rain, Navy members hailing from HMAS Cairns commemorated Anzac Day this year with a Dawn Service at the Esplanade Cenotaph followed by a parade through the city of Cairns last week.

Warrant Officer Di Cross retires after 43 years in Navy

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the  Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN.

The year 1971 was a big year. Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match. John Lennon released ‘Imagine’. John Newcombe won Wimbledon. Apollo 15 landed on the moon. It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Navy mentors future leaders in Western Sydney

Published on by POANC Adam Moukahal (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Prospective Australian Navy Cadets plan to become members of a new Australian Navy Cadet Unit in the Western Sydney region. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Prospective Australian Navy Cadets plan to become members of a new Australian Navy Cadet Unit in the Western Sydney region.

On Friday evenings during school terms, the normally sleepy suburb of Lidcombe in Western Sydney now comes alive with Navy traditions, multi-cultural cuisines and excited teenagers navigating their way to adulthood.

Remembering submariners on eternal patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA.

As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia.

Popcorn, ice cream, movies - a recipe for family fun at Cerberus

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Defence families at 'A Day at the Movies' hosted by Defence Community Organisation (DCO) out the front of the HMAS Cerberus cinema at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Defence families at 'A Day at the Movies' hosted by Defence Community Organisation (DCO) out the front of the HMAS Cerberus cinema at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus and the Cerberus Defence Community Organisation hosted a day of movies, popcorn and fantastic face painting for Defence families as part of National Families Week in May.

New leash on life for Albatross Dog Squad

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA.

The Albatross Dog Squad recently reformed in preparation for the most important event on the RSPCA calendar, the Million Paws Walk.