Section: People

Quiet achievers in safety

Published on by SGT Max Bree (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Cryptologic Systems Nicholas Martin works at the Defence Signals Directorate in Canberra. (photo: SGT Max Bree)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Cryptologic Systems Nicholas Martin works at the Defence Signals Directorate in Canberra.

You might not see the work of cryptologic systems (CTS) sailors on board your ship, but their time immersed in signals and intelligence could be the thing keeping everyone safe.

Search on for unknown sailor

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Sydney (II) at sea during World War II. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Sydney (II) at sea during World War II.

On February 6, 1942 the remains of a sailor in a Carley Raft washed up on Christmas Island, 1500km northwest of Western Australia’s northwest coast.

Enjoying a gap year with overseas travel included

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Gap Year Seaman Bailey Henderson manning ship during HMAS Gascoyne’s departure from Kure Japan. (photo: Unknown)

Gap Year Seaman Bailey Henderson manning ship during HMAS Gascoyne’s departure from Kure Japan.

Compared with others of his generation taking a break after school, Royal Australian Navy Gap Year Sailor, Seaman Bailey Henderson has managed to better them all with his recent overseas trip being ‘all expenses paid’.

Opportunity is a privilege

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Jason Tuffrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Lauren Milburn attended the annual Maritime Surveillance Adviser/Technical Adviser conference at the Rex Hotel in Canberra prior to her promotion to Lieutenant Commander and her posting to Micronesia. (photo: Mr Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Lauren Milburn attended the annual Maritime Surveillance Adviser/Technical Adviser conference at the Rex Hotel in Canberra prior to her promotion to Lieutenant Commander and her posting to Micronesia.

LCDR Lauren Milburn has enjoyed her first year as the Maritime Surveillance Adviser in Micronesia.

Postings provide mutual benefits

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

RAN Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics David Bragg (left), and Samoa Police Service officers Woman Constables Annalieze Taumua, Rosalia Manutulila and Suisui Malu on the bridge of the Samoa Police Maritime Wing patrol boat SPB Nafanua at Apia, Samoa. (photo: SGT Dave Morley)

RAN Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics David Bragg (left), and Samoa Police Service officers Woman Constables Annalieze Taumua, Rosalia Manutulila and Suisui Malu on the bridge of the Samoa Police Maritime Wing patrol boat SPB Nafanua at Apia, Samoa.

The mutual benefits of Australia’s engagement with its Pacific partners are clear to LCDR Andrew Dobb and CPOATV David Bragg. They are posted to Samoa where LCDR Dobb is the Maritime Surveillance Adviser and CPO Bragg is the Technical Adviser.

Language the key to close ties with our northern neighbour

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), Unknown (photographer)

LCDR Ian Jackson (centre right) celebrates with a traditional Indonesian fist pump after graduating with fellow international students from the Indonesian Military Language School in Jakarta. (photo: Unknown)

LCDR Ian Jackson (centre right) celebrates with a traditional Indonesian fist pump after graduating with fellow international students from the Indonesian Military Language School in Jakarta.

Australia’s enduring ties with Indonesia have been further strengthened with the graduation of the latest group of Defence personnel from the Indonesian Military Language School in Jakarta.

Navy to trial dual postings options

Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

File image: Boatswains mates in HMAS Newcastle, Able Seaman Andrew Gill and Seaman Nathaniel Sanders, conduct 12.7mm heavy machine gun drills with Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Jeffrey East, during Exercise Kakadu 2018. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

File image: Boatswains mates in HMAS Newcastle, Able Seaman Andrew Gill and Seaman Nathaniel Sanders, conduct 12.7mm heavy machine gun drills with Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Jeffrey East, during Exercise Kakadu 2018.

The Royal Australian Navy recently released a signal calling for volunteers from the Maritime Logistics, Communications Information Systems and Boatswains Specialisations to undertake a dual posting pilot against selected platforms and Shore Establishments.

New loans announced for long term sailors

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017.

Members who have served 7 years or more will be eligible for interest-free loans of up to $7000 under a new initiative by the RAN’s Relief Trust Fund announced this month.

PO Kevin West wins Bradley Meek award

Published on by LCDR Colin Painter (author)

Captain Craig Powell presents the 2018 Bradley Meek award to Petty Officer Kevin West. (photo: )

Captain Craig Powell presents the 2018 Bradley Meek award to Petty Officer Kevin West.

On 5 May 1998, a fire on HMAS Westralia (II) claimed the lives of four crew members. Leading Seaman Bradley Meek was one of the sailors who perished.

Navy technician has some advice for anyone thinking of returning

Published on by Mrs Rachael Reynolds (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Michael Claessens recommends returning to Navy via some Reserve service for members who have been out for some time. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Chief Petty Officer Michael Claessens recommends returning to Navy via some Reserve service for members who have been out for some time.

A Navy Chief Petty Officer who initially left Navy in 2008 has returned and slotted seamlessly back into service.