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A year of opportunity

Published on by SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Recruit Matthew Masiero is one of the Gap Year Recruits in Rogers Division undertaking his initial sailor training at Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Recruit Matthew Masiero is one of the Gap Year Recruits in Rogers Division undertaking his initial sailor training at Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Taking a gap year is often a popular way to take time out from study or work with a chance to rest, travel, volunteer abroad or decide a future career path. For Recruit Matthew Masiero of Morwell, Victoria, joining the Navy under the Gap Year program fit all of those needs - except resting.

Helping the home front during First Gulf War

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Angella Hillis pictured reciting the 'Naval Ode' during the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service held at HMAS Harman. (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)

Lieutenant Commander Angella Hillis pictured reciting the 'Naval Ode' during the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service held at HMAS Harman.

In the days before Skype and Facebook, deployed members and their families kept in touch by such primitive means as airmail letters and video tapes.

Admiral’s valet keeps Chief on task

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Miah Hammond-Errey (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operation Kim Matthews works as the Personal Assistant to the Chief of Navy. Driving the NAVY1 car is just part of the duties involved with this position. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operation Kim Matthews works as the Personal Assistant to the Chief of Navy. Driving the NAVY1 car is just part of the duties involved with this position.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Kim Matthews is one of the few people who can tell Chief of Navy where to be and what to wear.

Promotion a gift for birthday Warrant Officer

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Warrant Officer Dion Blair opposite HMAS Melbourne at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Warrant Officer Dion Blair opposite HMAS Melbourne at Garden Island, Sydney.

Senior Sailor Dion Blair has been elated to celebrate his birthday with a key event - promotion to Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Fitness - Now and Into the Future

Published on by SBLT Katherine Mulheron (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Executive Officer of HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho presents Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Dion McCrabb with a Navy Silver Commendation. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Executive Officer of HMAS Cerberus Commander Melanie Verho presents Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Dion McCrabb with a Navy Silver Commendation.

The life of a Navy Physical Trainer isn’t all about weight lifting, mirrors and cardio workouts, there’s a lot of work that goes into how to improve not just a person’s quality of life through fitness, but also in making sure facilities and training are top line.

Diversity the key to 42 year career

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Robert 'Bob' Dokter attained compulsory retiring age on 09 Feb 16 after 42 years service in the Permanent Navy. This occasion was marked with a small ceremony in the offices of Deputy Chief - Navy Rear Admiral Michael Van Balen, AO, RAN, at Russell Offices Canberra. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Commander Robert 'Bob' Dokter attained compulsory retiring age on 09 Feb 16 after 42 years service in the Permanent Navy. This occasion was marked with a small ceremony in the offices of Deputy Chief - Navy Rear Admiral Michael Van Balen, AO, RAN, at Russell Offices Canberra.

From Radar Plotter to Navy Copper, Lieutenant Commander Bob Dokter reflects on a wealth of experience with almost 42 years service.

Young leaders visit Penguin

Published on by WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

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Senior high school students and their teachers from Sydney’s north recently had an up close look at Navy when they visited HMAS Penguin for a Youth Leadership Forum.

Penguin on hand at Balmoral Swim

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell, following the presentation of the Penguin Shield to the winners, the Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club. (photo: WO John O'Brien)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell, following the presentation of the Penguin Shield to the winners, the Castle Hill RSL Dolphins Swim Club.

HMAS Penguin personnel have again provided support to the annual Balmoral Swim community fundraiser at Balmoral Beach held on 13 March.

Navy continues to roll up sleeves to save lives

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

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, donates blood to the Australian Red Cross at the Navy Indoor Sports Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, donates blood to the Australian Red Cross at the Navy Indoor Sports Centre, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Commodore Training Michael Rothwell joined 60 other Navy people of all ranks at the Fleet Gym at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney, to donate blood on 8 March.

Defence Indigenous Development Program - a graduates perspective

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Trainee Seaman Caleb Ober is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. He is currently undertaking the Initial Boatswains Course at the Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Trainee Seaman Caleb Ober is a graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program. He is currently undertaking the Initial Boatswains Course at the Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

An innovative program that provides a pathway for Indigenous people from remote communities into Defence is getting top marks from its participants.