Section: People

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.

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.

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.

Gympie man's sea change in the Middle East

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew Shultz onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Matthew Shultz onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

After growing up in land-locked Gympie, Navy’s Leading Seaman Matthew Schultz made a sea change that pays.

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.

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.

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.

Continuing his Hobart tradition

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author and photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Brendan Smart on the bridge of HMAS Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Chief Petty Officer Brendan Smart on the bridge of HMAS Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.

Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Brenden Smart followed his older brother into the Navy is now one of the seasoned veterans helping bring Navy’s newest ship into service.

Resilience program proves positive

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer), ABEW Bryce Watson (photographer)

Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin.

Every day onboard HMAS Darwin you will see a large number of ship’s company sweating it out on the flight deck or focsle under the watchful eye of Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton.