Section: People

Bravo retirement a family affair

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

The Craig family, from left, Captain Shane, RAN, Lieutenant Tom, Chief Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Airframes Jamie and Lieutenant Tim in front of an S-70B-2 Seahawk after HMAS Albatross divisions parade for the retirement of the Seahawk and AS-350B Squirrel helicopters. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

The Craig family, from left, Captain Shane, RAN, Lieutenant Tom, Chief Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Airframes Jamie and Lieutenant Tim in front of an S-70B-2 Seahawk after HMAS Albatross divisions parade for the retirement of the Seahawk and AS-350B Squirrel helicopters.

The retirement of the S-70B-2, colloquially known as the Bravo, on 1 December was an emotional day for at least four men, over two generations, of the Craig family.

 

Survey reinforces family focus

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Former RN officer and wife of LCDR John Campbell, Susie Campbell with their sons Patrick age 4 and Thomas age 7 at Baringa Bush Garden, Seaforth. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Former RN officer and wife of LCDR John Campbell, Susie Campbell with their sons Patrick age 4 and Thomas age 7 at Baringa Bush Garden, Seaforth.

The data gathered from a survey of more than 4,600 Defence families will be used to better inform personnel policy for Navy people.

 

Shipmates rally around deceased sailor’s daughter

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Steve Dunning (author and photographer)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia,  Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. (photo: CMDR Steve Dunning)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

It’s been 30 years since Adelaide woman Chloe Humphreys lost her father Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae to a tragic motor vehicle accident shortly after drafting to his first ship, but the Navy family hasn’t forgotten his service to the nation.

 

From hard-hats to high-tech

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Electronic Warfare Davina Hughes at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Electronic Warfare Davina Hughes at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

A former civil construction labourer’s career has evolved from reconstructing roads to identifying hostile or friendly ships over the horizon.

 

Silent service secrets revealed

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Lieutenant Craig Paterson shows Ms Jade King (right), Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Natasja Toser (left) and his wife, Mrs Deb Paterson, the workings of HMAS Waller's periscope during a families day at sea. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Lieutenant Craig Paterson shows Ms Jade King (right), Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Natasja Toser (left) and his wife, Mrs Deb Paterson, the workings of HMAS Waller's periscope during a families day at sea.

The crew of HMAS Waller had the unique opportunity to show their family members what they do when they go to sea on a recent sea ride from HMAS Stirling at Rockingham to the Port of Fremantle.

Reserves recognition and adventure

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC, presents Leading Seaman Alexandrea Torrens a Western Australia Reserve Service Excellence Award at the 2017 Western Australian Employer Support Awards & Reserve Service Excellence presentations at the Fremantle Sailing Club. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC, presents Leading Seaman Alexandrea Torrens a Western Australia Reserve Service Excellence Award at the 2017 Western Australian Employer Support Awards & Reserve Service Excellence presentations at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Defence has formally recognised a Navy Reservist that ‘punches above her weight’ while sharing in the pride of giving something back to Australia.

 

From property to port

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Photographing houses for a living to manning a ship’s operations room is a massive career leap, and has been achieved through chasing a career with multiple opportunities.

Expectations meet capability in support role

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Acquiring the skills to provide ports services to over half of the Navy's major warships and submarines was a rapid learning experience for one sailor at HMAS Stirling.

 

Proud to secure for the future

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

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling.

Maintaining and improving HMAS Stirling’s security measures is a moving target that requires a ‘firm-grip and clear mind’ as base occupants increase to support future capabilities, and protect the nation's elite servicemen and women.

 

Don't mind the Gap Year

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Zachary Davis at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Zachary Davis at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Navy’s 'try before you buy' program provided experiences a lifetime which are now the basis for a career in electronic warfare for one sailor.