Section: Community

Sailors support Legacy Week

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seamen Aviation Daniel May and Shannon O'Brien of HMAS Albatross sell Legacy badges in Martin Place, Sydney during Legacy Week. 
 (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seamen Aviation Daniel May and Shannon O'Brien of HMAS Albatross sell Legacy badges in Martin Place, Sydney during Legacy Week.

Sailors from Sydney and the New South Wales South Coast have been throwing their support behind Legacy this week, raising money and awareness for the organisation that supports Defence families.

Long Tan remembered in the West

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Leading Seaman Musician Nigel Barrett from the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia plays the Last Post during the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Commemorative Service at the Memorial of Remembrance in Rockingham, W.A.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Leading Seaman Musician Nigel Barrett from the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia plays the Last Post during the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Commemorative Service at the Memorial of Remembrance in Rockingham, W.A.

Current and former Australian Defence Force members gathered recently at the Memorial of Remembrance in Rockingham and the Mandurah War Memorial, Western Australia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Wiggles and Navy unite to launch Legacy Week

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LEUT Andrew Ragless (photographer)

The Wiggles; Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy and Captain Feathersword joined with Sunrise weather  presenter Sam Mac, Legacy families and the ships company of HMAS Choules this morning for the launch of Legacy Week. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)

The Wiggles; Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy and Captain Feathersword joined with Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac, Legacy families and the ships company of HMAS Choules this morning for the launch of Legacy Week.

The Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, and a small but enthusiastic group of young fans took over the flight deck of HMAS Choules to launch Legacy Week this morning.

Navy blood-letting a life saver

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Australian Army Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, Royal Australian Air Force Blood Ambassador Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman and Defence Civilian Blood Ambassador Mr Adam Friederich at the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge launch, held at Red Cross Canberra Donor Centre on the 22 August, 2016. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Australian Army Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, Royal Australian Air Force Blood Ambassador Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman and Defence Civilian Blood Ambassador Mr Adam Friederich at the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge launch, held at Red Cross Canberra Donor Centre on the 22 August, 2016.

The gloves are off and sleeves are rolled up within Defence with the launch of the annual Defence Blood Challenge in support of the Red Cross Blood Service.

New-look canteen for Albatross

Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

 Navy Canteens chair Commodore Ian Murray, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn and Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman were on hand to conduct the official opening. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Navy Canteens chair Commodore Ian Murray, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn and Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman were on hand to conduct the official opening.

HMAS Albatross is sporting a first-class recreational and meeting space with the opening of the Navy Canteens facility in the newly constructed base support precinct.

Success visits centre for rescued children

Published on by WO Justin Moore (author), Unknown (photographer)

Some of the crew of HMAS Success and kids from the Child Protection and Development Centre aftera friendly game of soccer. (photo: Unknown)

Some of the crew of HMAS Success and kids from the Child Protection and Development Centre aftera friendly game of soccer.

The crew of replenishment ship, HMAS Success had a break from military routine recently, sharing smiles with local kids during their south-east Asian deployment.


Indigenous youth set sail in STS Young Endeavour

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mrs Erin McAuley (author), Unknown (photographer)

STS Young Endeavour Youth Crew Member Jessica Lowth receives her Certificate of Completion from LEUT Adam Farley RAN, Commanding Officer STS Young Endeavour (photo: Unknown )

STS Young Endeavour Youth Crew Member Jessica Lowth receives her Certificate of Completion from LEUT Adam Farley RAN, Commanding Officer STS Young Endeavour

A recent graduate of the Defence Indigenous Development Program and a Navy Cadet from Esperance in Western Australia were amongst the excited young crew who embarked on an 11 day adventure at sea when Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour departed Cairns on 25 July.

Contributions recognised

This article has photo gallery Published on by Alex DeValentin (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Cleary is presented a Recognition Award by Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN (Left) and the Area Manager Defence Community Organisation (DCO) Sydney and Liverpool, Ms Kate Ambler (right) for his dedication to the Defence Community Organisation at a morning tea to celebrate its 20th Anniversary at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Cleary is presented a Recognition Award by Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN (Left) and the Area Manager Defence Community Organisation (DCO) Sydney and Liverpool, Ms Kate Ambler (right) for his dedication to the Defence Community Organisation at a morning tea to celebrate its 20th Anniversary at HMAS Kuttabul.

For the past 20 years, the Defence Community Organisation has worked with Command, families and community organisations to develop a strong, connected and resilient Defence community that supports Australian Defence Force members and their families.

Watson Chapel gets an organ transplant

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), SMNML-SC Craig Walton (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

The new organ at the HMAS Watson Memorial Naval Chapel of St George the Martyr, replacing the old organ that had blessed the chapel with its music for the previous decade. (photo: SMNML-SC Craig Walton)

The new organ at the HMAS Watson Memorial Naval Chapel of St George the Martyr, replacing the old organ that had blessed the chapel with its music for the previous decade.

The electronic organ at HMAS Watson Chapel has played at many of the 3000 weddings, baptisms and funerals held at the historic building, but it played its final note this month.

Gascoyne visit to Newcastle a booming success

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LCDR Alan Parton (author)

Fort Scratchley fires off four blank rounds during a traditional farewell ceremony for HMAS Gascoyne as she leaves Newcastle. (photo: Unknown)

Fort Scratchley fires off four blank rounds during a traditional farewell ceremony for HMAS Gascoyne as she leaves Newcastle.

HMAS Gascoyne’s departure from the port of Newcastle was met with a boom of excitement - four booms, in fact!