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Excited for an executive challenge

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Petty Officer Boatswains Mate Daniel Mercer saluting while the National Anthem is being played as part of NUSHIP Hobart's rehearsal for her commissioning ceremony.   (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)

Petty Officer Boatswains Mate Daniel Mercer saluting while the National Anthem is being played as part of NUSHIP Hobart's rehearsal for her commissioning ceremony.

As destroyer HMAS Hobart headed out on her first sea time as a commissioned warship, there was an atmosphere of anticipation in the salty air – as the ship’s company got to see what she can do.

Soaring with Eagles

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

ScanEagle Mission Commander Lieutenant Simon Jeffery assists Able Seaman Brad Elliot (right) with assembling ScanEagle on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

ScanEagle Mission Commander Lieutenant Simon Jeffery assists Able Seaman Brad Elliot (right) with assembling ScanEagle on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Launching a complex unmanned aerial system from stable ground is one thing, but Navy’s Lieutenant Simon Jeffery has made it his mission to launch them from a ship – a moving roller coaster at times.

Farewell from Navy family as Warramunga sails

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Fiona Eggins (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Warramunga, LCDR Warren Bechly, RAN (left) passes on his condolences to LSMT James Phillips during a Commitment of Ashes Ceremony for his Grandfather, Able Seaman (Gunnery) Douglas Reginald Phillips (Rtd). (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Executive Officer HMAS Warramunga, LCDR Warren Bechly, RAN (left) passes on his condolences to LSMT James Phillips during a Commitment of Ashes Ceremony for his Grandfather, Able Seaman (Gunnery) Douglas Reginald Phillips (Rtd).

Despite being keen to commence her Middle East mission, as HMAS Warramunga departed for her deployment recently the crew took a special moment on the flight deck to commit the ashes of Able Seaman Douglas Reginald Phillips to the sea.

Fighting fit technician in Darwin

Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author and photographer)

 Able Seaman Electronics Technician Daniel Hines from Two Wells, South Australia is a Weapons Systems Maintainer onboard HMAS Darwin on deployment to SE Asia as part of Operation Indo-Pacific Endeavour. (photo: LCDR Jason O'Gorman)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Daniel Hines from Two Wells, South Australia is a Weapons Systems Maintainer onboard HMAS Darwin on deployment to SE Asia as part of Operation Indo-Pacific Endeavour.

A sailor originally from Two Wells in South Australia is a vital cog in the wheel that keeps HMAS Darwin in fighting shape.

Chance reunion after 37 years

Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glen Farrawell of HMAS Adelaide were reunited with fellow graduates of former RAN Apprentice Training Establishment, HMAS Nirimba, when the ex-serving members of the Malaysian Armed Forces attended a reception aboard HMAS Adelaide. L-R: Ruzaimi, John de Suza, Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne, Riz, Aman, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glen Farrawell, Dahlan and Hamid. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glen Farrawell of HMAS Adelaide were reunited with fellow graduates of former RAN Apprentice Training Establishment, HMAS Nirimba, when the ex-serving members of the Malaysian Armed Forces attended a reception aboard HMAS Adelaide. L-R: Ruzaimi, John de Suza, Lieutenant Commander Al Byrne, Riz, Aman, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glen Farrawell, Dahlan and Hamid.

During HMAS Adelaide’s recent visit to Port Klang in Malaysia, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glen Farrawell was asked a question which took him back nearly four decades.

Keeping Navy moving in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Katrina Harris wears her Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Katrina Harris wears her Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

One of Katrina Harris’s favourite childhood memories is being in a boat out on the water with her family, so it is no surprise the Nelson Bay local was destined to end up in the Navy.

Operational logistics - a combined effort

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Nicole Francis at Combined Maritime Forces, Navy Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Nicole Francis at Combined Maritime Forces, Navy Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.

Nicole Francis left her beloved hometown of Windorah and its 60 residents at the young age of 12 to go to boarding school, starting a journey that would take her around the world.

Resilience and reassurance – chaplaincy at sea

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

The Chaplain of HMAS Adelaide, Lieutenant Commander Richard Quadrio is seen in before a MRH90 helicopter during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

The Chaplain of HMAS Adelaide, Lieutenant Commander Richard Quadrio is seen in before a MRH90 helicopter during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

There is something reassuring about a smiling face or someone who asks how you are going when you feel a little overwhelmed, and in HMAS Adelaide there is one man who makes reassurance his business.

Putting training into practice on nine month deployment

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Seaman Medic Benjamin Smith conducts a medical check-up in the medical centre in HMAS Warramunga. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Seaman Medic Benjamin Smith conducts a medical check-up in the medical centre in HMAS Warramunga.

Dealing with simulated fire, flood and casualties is all part of the daily routine for Able Seaman Benjamin Smith.

Philippines homecoming for Australian Navy officer

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Lucito Irlandez is seen aboard HMAS Adelaide during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Lieutenant Commander Lucito Irlandez is seen aboard HMAS Adelaide during Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017.

One crew member onboard HMAS Adelaide was keener than most to get ashore when the ship recently visited Manila, Philippines, because it was the first chance to see his mother and brother in more than five years.