Topic: Federation Star

Senior sailor’s star performance

Published on by LCDR Fiona Southwood (author), MAJ Chris Linden (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Forty years of dedicated service by Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Paul ‘Jock’ O’Keefe was recently celebrated by the crew of HMAS Newcastle, deployed to the Middle East region.

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.

Federation Star to Chief Coxswain

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.

In 1973, the Sydney Opera House opened, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was released, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, and the Watergate hearings began in the United States.  It was also the year that Ian Rigby, walked into HMAS Leeuwin as a 15-year-old to start his naval career.

Serving the nation for more than half a century

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, presents Commander Mick Brice with his 3rd Federation Star and certificate at Russell Offices, Canberra.  (photo: Lauren Larking)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, presents Commander Mick Brice with his 3rd Federation Star and certificate at Russell Offices, Canberra.

After 52 years in the Royal Australian Navy, Commander Mick Brice has received a third Federation Star, and seventh clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal, to recognise his continuing long service to the Navy and Australia.

Depth of character and commitment recognised in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), Mr Richard Catt (photographer)

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.  (photo: Mr Richard Catt)

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.

Navy Headquartes – Tasmania’s Commanding Officer, Commander Lewis Gaha is an exemplar of personal character and professional commitment.