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Platypus history preserved

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Defence pays her respects during the dedication ceremony for HMAS Platypus. (photo: Unknown)

Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Defence pays her respects during the dedication ceremony for HMAS Platypus.

A ceremony to remember lost Australian submariners was held at the former HMAS Platypus submarine base on Sydney Harbour on 18 August.

Defence Bleeds for Australia

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with other members of the Australian Defence Force at the launch of the Red 25 Blood Bank Defence Force Challenge. (photo: CPL Vasilis Bill Solomou)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with other members of the Australian Defence Force at the launch of the Red 25 Blood Bank Defence Force Challenge.

The 2017 Defence Blood Challenge is now underway, with a three-month competition pitting the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defence Public Servants against each other in an effort to strengthen Australia’s blood supplies and support the Australian community. 

Navy's title hopes squashed

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), CPL Drew Riessbeck (author), CPL Nicci Freeman (photographer)

Participants of the 2017 Australian Defence Force Squash Nationals in the RAAF Base Williamtown Gymnasium. (photo: CPL Nicci Freeman)

Participants of the 2017 Australian Defence Force Squash Nationals in the RAAF Base Williamtown Gymnasium.

Navy’s squash players were unable to repeat the success they had last year at this year’s Australian Defence Force National Squash Carnival held at Williamtown in late August.

Sport stimulates sailor's recovery

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Brad Darvill (photographer)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Ian McCracken, here swimming in the HMAS Stirling pool, will be competing in the freestyle and butterfly events at the 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada.   (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Ian McCracken, here swimming in the HMAS Stirling pool, will be competing in the freestyle and butterfly events at the 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada.

Motivation and encouragement from fellow competitors inspired a sailor to be representing Australia in the 2017 Invictus Games.

Super fun super cricket

Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Seaman Josh Kedwell from the Royal Australian Navy Cricket team smashes the ball during a friendly games of cricket.

Energetic batting and high-scoring cricket will now be on the Navy Cricket calendar, with the introduction of the Super 6s format.

Coach ready to unleash the unconquered

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Brad Darvill (photographer)

Ship's Warrant Officer (WO) HMAS Stirling, WO Andrew Bertoncin, OAM, will be one of the ADF Team's support staff at the 2018 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Ship's Warrant Officer (WO) HMAS Stirling, WO Andrew Bertoncin, OAM, will be one of the ADF Team's support staff at the 2018 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada.

As one of the biggest crowd-pullers at the Invictus Games, wheelchair rugby will provide a unique opportunity for people to celebrate and honour ill, wounded and injured servicemen and women and a Navy Warrant Officer is one of the driving forces behind the Australian team.

Invictus fighting spirit rises

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Brad Darvill (photographer)

ADF Invictus team support staff member, Warrant Officer Andrew Bertoncin, Swimming Coach, Lieutenant Amy Beal, and competitor Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Ian McCracken, at the HMAS Stirling Pool before they head off to the 2018 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

ADF Invictus team support staff member, Warrant Officer Andrew Bertoncin, Swimming Coach, Lieutenant Amy Beal, and competitor Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Ian McCracken, at the HMAS Stirling Pool before they head off to the 2018 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada.

Australia’s Invictus Games swimming coach is Navy’s own Lieutenant Amy Beal, who is in Toronto, Canada with the Australian team putting the ‘unconquered’ into the adaptive sports competition concept.

Navy rules the slopes

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Max Bree (author), Sam Birch (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Alpine Slalom Team skier Ben Loftus competes at the National and International Inter-services Alpine Snowsports Championships at Perisher Ski Resort, NSW. (photo: Sam Birch)

Royal Australian Navy Alpine Slalom Team skier Ben Loftus competes at the National and International Inter-services Alpine Snowsports Championships at Perisher Ski Resort, NSW.

It’s not just the vast waters of the high seas Navy is fighting and winning on - the frozen water on the slopes of Mt Perisher was recently carved up by Navy athletes who dominated this year’s Australian Defence Force Alpine Snowsports events.

Minehunters life extends

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West. (photo: Department of Defence)

Huon Class Mine Hunter Coastals HMAS Norman (M 84) and HMAS Yarra (M 87) prepare to enter into Fleet Base West.

The Australian Government has granted first pass approval to extend the service life for Navy’s Huon class minehunter coastal vessels.

Wollongong reaffirms friendships

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Wollongong's Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain James Quinn, presents Shoalhaven Police Local Area Commander, Superintendent Steve Hegarty, with the scroll granting HMAS Wollongong the Freedom of Entry to the city of Wollongong.

For the first time, the crew of HMAS Wollongong have issued a challenge in their namesake city, to exercise the rights of Freedom of Entry.