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Announcement of Bravery Awards for rescues involving SIEV 221

Published on by Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (author)



 (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

As Chief of Navy, I welcome the group bravery citation for those Navy, Army and Customs personnel involved in the rescue of survivors from SIEV 221 at Rocky Point, Christmas Island.

Redcliffe girl recognised for operational service

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL David Cotton (author)

Royal Australian Navy Midshipman Rene Van Rooyen from the Australian Defence Force Academy visits the Wall of Remembrance inside the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  (photo: CPL David Cotton)

Royal Australian Navy Midshipman Rene Van Rooyen from the Australian Defence Force Academy visits the Wall of Remembrance inside the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Queenslander Rene Van Rooyen was recently awarded the Operational Service Medal for Border Protection at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. 

Rodgers clan keeps it in the family

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

R-L: Lieutenant (LEUT) Chris Rodgers, RAN; Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician (CPOMT) Nicole Rodgers; and CPOMT Scott Rodgers in front of HMAS Sirius at Fleet Base West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

R-L: Lieutenant (LEUT) Chris Rodgers, RAN; Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician (CPOMT) Nicole Rodgers; and CPOMT Scott Rodgers in front of HMAS Sirius at Fleet Base West.

We often hear about the Australian Defence Force being referred to as ‘a big family’, but for three engineering sailors the Navy really is an extension of their own family.

Women’s group welcomes senior naval officer

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author)

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, with Soroptimist International members at a recent event to celebrate International Women’s Day. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, with Soroptimist International members at a recent event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond was recently invited to be guest speaker at a meeting of Soroptimist International in Rockingham, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Success acknowledges International Women’s Day

Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author and photographer)

International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. Front, from left: Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart
Rear, from left: LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.
 (photo: LEUT Vishal Bhakoo)

International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. Front, from left: Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart Rear, from left: LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.

Living Navy Values is a clear and consistent message in HMAS Success, and it was in that spirit that the ship’s company gathered for a special morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day.

NHQ Tasmania farewells long-serving member

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.  (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania and Navy Reserve Dive Team 10 farewelled Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof this week after he completed a 40-year association with the Australian Defence Force.

International Women’s Day prompts reflection at NHQ Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author), LS Brooke Oram (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey. (photo: LS Brooke Oram)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey.

International Women’s Day was celebrated last Friday at Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks with a barbecue organised by Navy Headquarters Tasmania.

Royal Australian Navy mourns the passing of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Ret'd) (photo: Unknown)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Ret'd)

The life and service of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Ret’d) was commemorated at his funeral service, held at the Garden Island (Sydney) chapel on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Naval Officer leads the way for women, peace and security in Afghanistan

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, was recognised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, was recognised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra.

Captain Jennifer Wittwer, originally from Sydney, has marked her 33rd anniversary since joining the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service with a presentation at Monash University this week, in the lead up to International Women’s Day on Saturday.

Sydney's Marine Technicians awarded for excellence

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

Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul. L-R: Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul. L-R: Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett.

The Marine Technician Champions of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge were awarded their prize last week, during a presentation at Fleet Support Unit - South East.