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Blood Challenge accepted

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Sailors and Officers gather with Red Cross staff and Red Cross mascot Billy the Blood Drop at HMAS Stirling to mark the launch of the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge, Red25. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Sailors and Officers gather with Red Cross staff and Red Cross mascot Billy the Blood Drop at HMAS Stirling to mark the launch of the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge, Red25.

Officers, sailors, civilian personnel and family members from HMAS Stirling have once again accepted the challenge to compete against the Army and Air Force to take part in the 2019 Australian Red Cross Blood Service Defence Blood Challenge. 

Navy bands from across the seas unite to bring the beat to Martin Place

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Ronnie Baltoft)

The Japanese Self-Defence Force Training Squadron Band performs with the Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as part of a Joint Forces concert held at Martin Place in Sydney, NSW.

Last week, the Royal Australian Navy Band - Sydney hosted a public concert in the amphitheatre at Martin Place, Sydney, with the visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Training Squadron Band.

NSW Governor made honorary Commodore in the Royal Australian Navy

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, right, award Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO, QC, with the honorary rank of Commodore, RAN onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, RAN, right, award Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO, QC, with the honorary rank of Commodore, RAN onboard HMAS Canberra.

New South Wales Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley was appointed an honorary Commodore in the Royal Australian Navy today in a ceremony aboard HMAS Canberra.

Ceremonial sunset finale for INTERFET 20th anniversary commemorations

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The HMAS Choules' Ceremonial Guard performs a Ceremonial Sunset at the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules during the ship's visit to Dili, Timor-Leste as part of the 20th Anniversary INTERFET Commemorations. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

The HMAS Choules' Ceremonial Guard performs a Ceremonial Sunset at the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules during the ship's visit to Dili, Timor-Leste as part of the 20th Anniversary INTERFET Commemorations.

A traditional naval ceremony held with the backdrop of a peaceful Timor-Leste sunset was a fitting finale to a program of cooperation, commemoration and celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Australian-led International Force East Timor (INTERFET) deployment.

Choules INTERFET veterans reflect after 20 years

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

L-R: Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Tyrone Mason-Powell; HMAS Choules Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Arron Convery, RAN; Petty Officer Electronics Technician Steven Mackenzie; and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Darren Johnson stand on the flight deck during the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules as part of the ship’s port visit to Dili in Timor-Leste during the 20th Anniversary of  INTERFET Commemorations. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)

L-R: Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Tyrone Mason-Powell; HMAS Choules Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Arron Convery, RAN; Petty Officer Electronics Technician Steven Mackenzie; and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Darren Johnson stand on the flight deck during the official reception held onboard HMAS Choules as part of the ship’s port visit to Dili in Timor-Leste during the 20th Anniversary of INTERFET Commemorations.

Among the 227 crew members from HMAS Choules supporting INTERFET anniversary events in Timor-Leste were four members of the ship’s company who were INTERFET veterans themselves.

Australian War Memorial commemorates 105 years since the loss of AE1

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Director General Submarines, Commodore Timothy Brown RAN, and Lieutenant Commander (Ret'd) Jim Smail with a photograph of Lieutenant Commander Smail's uncle, Petty Officer Robert Smail, who was lost when the submarine HMAS AE1 sank. (photo: CPO Cameron Martin)

Director General Submarines, Commodore Timothy Brown RAN, and Lieutenant Commander (Ret'd) Jim Smail with a photograph of Lieutenant Commander Smail's uncle, Petty Officer Robert Smail, who was lost when the submarine HMAS AE1 sank.

The Australian War Memorial hosted a solemn service last week to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the loss of 35 officers and sailors in HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine.

Sailors urged to embrace Sea Power

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File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, inspects graduating members of General Entry 355 Emms Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, inspects graduating members of General Entry 355 Emms Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Enlisted personnel will play a major role at Sea Power Conference for the first time, with a specific program developed to discuss the future of the modern sailor. Hosted by Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, the gathering will bring together sailors from across the service.

Runway run takes off at HMAS Albatross

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Participants of the ‘Tour the T’ begin the race at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Participants of the ‘Tour the T’ begin the race at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

More than 200 Navy personnel and Shoalhaven community members have taken to ‘treading the tarmac’ in HMAS Albatross’ 10th annual ‘Tour the T’ to raise more than $1000 for the perpetual charitable fund, Keeping Watch.

HMAS Melbourne exercises Freedom of Entry one last time

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The crew of HMAS Melbourne conduct a Freedom of Entry march into the City of Melbourne. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

The crew of HMAS Melbourne conduct a Freedom of Entry march into the City of Melbourne.

The bonds between HMAS Melbourne (III) and her namesake city were reaffirmed today with the ship’s company exercising their Freedom of Entry for the final time before the ship decommissions later this year.

Parramatta given rite of passage

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LACW Jacqueline Forrester (photographer), SIG Robert Whitmore (photographer), PTE Rodrigo Villablanca (photographer), LAC John Solomon (photographer), LCPL Brodie Cross (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officers from HMAS Parramatta march in front of a large turnout, during their Freedom of Entry parade down the main street of Parramatta, NSW. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forrester)

Royal Australian Navy officers from HMAS Parramatta march in front of a large turnout, during their Freedom of Entry parade down the main street of Parramatta, NSW.

The ship’s company of HMAS Parramatta has reaffirmed the bonds between the ship and her namesake city by exercising their right to Freedom of Entry.