Topic: Federation Star

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Award of second Federation Star to Navy veteran

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Lieutenant Commander Alan Willmore was presented his second Federation Star by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC during a small ceremony held in Canberra. (photo: CPOCSM Kim Green)

Lieutenant Commander Alan Willmore was presented his second Federation Star by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC during a small ceremony held in Canberra.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has presented a second Federation Star to a Navy officer who has undertaken over 45 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Decades of service recognised

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Commander Phillip Bell, RAN, from FFG Capability, Frigate Group, with his wife Wendy, after being presented his Federation Star for his exceptional achievement of 40 years service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commander Phillip Bell, RAN, from FFG Capability, Frigate Group, with his wife Wendy, after being presented his Federation Star for his exceptional achievement of 40 years service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Commander Phillip Wayne Bell's exceptional achievement of forty years dedicated service to the Royal Australian Navy was recently recognised when Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN presented CMDR Bell with the Federation Star.