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Blood Challenge met by Sydney bases

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Commander Ian Campbell, Lieutenant Partridge and ‘Billy the Blood Drop’ wait to greet the HMAS Watson personnel who came across the water by boat to donate. (photo: WO Ian Daley)

Commander Ian Campbell, Lieutenant Partridge and ‘Billy the Blood Drop’ wait to greet the HMAS Watson personnel who came across the water by boat to donate.

The ship’s company of Sydney base, HMAS Penguin and visitors from HMA Ships Watson and Waterhen answered the call from the Red Cross Blood Service for donations on in late November.

Harman delivers a charitable Legacy

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Commander Alison Westwood, accompanied by key executive staff attended the Queanbeyan Legacy Ladies Christmas Luncheon (photo: Unknown)

Commander Alison Westwood, accompanied by key executive staff attended the Queanbeyan Legacy Ladies Christmas Luncheon

On 3 December, the Commanding Officer of Canberra establishment, HMAS Harman, was delighted to be 'across the border' in New South Wales to present a cheque for just over $22,000 to Queanbeyan Legacy.

Tobruk to become dive wreck

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HMAS Tobruk sails out of Sydney Harbour for the last time just days before decommissioning (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Tobruk sails out of Sydney Harbour for the last time just days before decommissioning

Home to many thousands of Australian Defence Force members over the past three and a half decades, the former HMAS Tobruk will now be home to sealife and recreational divers.

Watson targets children’s hospital

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Watson’s Executive Officer, Commander Matthew Shand presented a cheque for $2725.00 which will be used in the treatment of sick children in the hospital’s cardiac ward. (photo: Unknown)

Watson’s Executive Officer, Commander Matthew Shand presented a cheque for $2725.00 which will be used in the treatment of sick children in the hospital’s cardiac ward.

With their motto we find, we fix - HMAS Watson certainly did that when the ship's company rallied to raise funds through raffles and collection tins to support the Sydney Children's Hospital.

Launceston cleans up on Christmas Island

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Crew members from the Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Launceston joined together with students from the Christmas Island District High School to conduct a beach clean up during a recent visit to the remote Australian territory. (photo: Unknown)

Crew members from the Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Launceston joined together with students from the Christmas Island District High School to conduct a beach clean up during a recent visit to the remote Australian territory.

Crew members from the Australian Navy patrol boat, HMAS Launceston, joined together with students from the Christmas Island District High School to conduct a beach clean up during a recent visit to the remote Australian territory. 

Navy bases see red

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Midshipman Liam Humphrey, Midshipman Eleanor Johnston, Midshipman Nicholas Randall prepare to donate blood in Canberra. (photo: Unknown)

Midshipman Liam Humphrey, Midshipman Eleanor Johnston, Midshipman Nicholas Randall prepare to donate blood in Canberra.

Navy members from around the country have been working hard for the last three months saving more than 3,200 lives during the Defence Blood Challenge. Teams from HMA Ships Cairns, Waterhen and Penguin and the Australian Defence Force Academy recently rolled up their sleeves to help protect Australia’s blood supply.

Quilts have deployed personnel covered

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Warrant Offcier of the Air Force, Rob Swanwick,  Ms Jan-Maree Ball, Coordinator Aussie hero Quilts and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight at the HMAS Harman reception for Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) at the Bonshaw Mess. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Offcier of the Air Force, Rob Swanwick, Ms Jan-Maree Ball, Coordinator Aussie hero Quilts and Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight at the HMAS Harman reception for Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags) at the Bonshaw Mess.

Canberra base, HMAS Harman, welcomed representatives from 'Aussie Hero Quilts (and Laundry Bags)' during reception at the Bonshaw Mess recently to thank them for their support to members deployed overseas.

Rankin team treks for health

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Commanding Officer, Commander Doug Theobald (right), and the organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication & Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulman Track Foundation near the Mundaring Weir Hotel in Kalamunda. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Commanding Officer, Commander Doug Theobald (right), and the organiser of the trek, Chief of the Boat, Chief Petty Officer Communication & Information Systems Anthony O'Riley, completing the last section of the Bibbulman Track Foundation near the Mundaring Weir Hotel in Kalamunda.

The submariners in HMAS Rankin have completed a month-long adventure training exercise that took them from Kalamunda to Albany, in Western Australia, and also raised money for a very worthy cause.

HMAS Melbourne tests endurance

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(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Katrina Burkett, Able Seaman Jacob Macgregor, Able Seaman Blake Ridge and Chief Petty Officer Len Harrison take time out for photo on the Oxfam Trail Walk Challenge. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Katrina Burkett, Able Seaman Jacob Macgregor, Able Seaman Blake Ridge and Chief Petty Officer Len Harrison take time out for photo on the Oxfam Trail Walk Challenge.

A four-person team from the ship's company of HMAS Melbourne raised $3,000 when they pushed their personal limits in the Oxfam Australia 100 kilometre Trail Walk Challenge. 

HMAS Darwin giving back

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Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Joshua Scanlon presents a cheque to Mr Alex Green from the Sir David Martin Foundation (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Joshua Scanlon presents a cheque to Mr Alex Green from the Sir David Martin Foundation

More than $36,000 was presented to worthy charities as a result of HMAS Darwin’s fundraising efforts during the frigate's recent Operation MANITOU deployment.