Section: People

Navy Officer awarded National Emergency Medal

Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), Mr Sean Lang (photographer)

CMDR Lewis Gaha (right) is awarded the National Emergency Medal for service during the Victorian fires in 2009 by Mr Brian Murphy, Manager Membership for the ACT Rural Fire Service.
 (photo: Mr Sean Lang)

CMDR Lewis Gaha (right) is awarded the National Emergency Medal for service during the Victorian fires in 2009 by Mr Brian Murphy, Manager Membership for the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Rural Fire Service volunteer, Canberra based Commander Lewis Gaha has been awarded the National Emergency Medal in recognition of his service during the devastating Victorian Bushfires in 2009.

A glimpse of life at sea reaffirms Broderick’s beliefs

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, talks with Leading Seaman Medic (Underwater) Samone Black. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination, Ms Elizabeth Broderick, talks with Leading Seaman Medic (Underwater) Samone Black.

It was an inspiring visit for Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner Responsible for Age Discrimination, when she joined HMAS Choules for a short visit during Exercise TALISMAN SABER 2013.

Old friends meet up at sea

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author)

HMAS Sydney Commanding Officer, Commander Karl Brinckmann (right), with U.S. Navy Sonar Technician, Senior Chief Greg Eardley of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble during Exercise Talisman Saber 2013.  (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

HMAS Sydney Commanding Officer, Commander Karl Brinckmann (right), with U.S. Navy Sonar Technician, Senior Chief Greg Eardley of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble during Exercise Talisman Saber 2013.

After welcoming a United States Navy Anti Submarine Warfare Specialist onboard HMAS Sydney during her recent embed with the U.S Navy's 7th Fleet, the ship is now hoping to use the friendly advantage during  the joint Australian - U.S  Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13)

40 years of service to Underwater Medicine

Published on by LCDR Joel Hissink (author)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Doble, RAN makes a presentation to Mr John Pennefather, honouring his forty years of service to underwater medicine. (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Doble, RAN makes a presentation to Mr John Pennefather, honouring his forty years of service to underwater medicine.

Forty years of service to Navy’s submarine community by Scientist Officer Mr John Pennefather, BSc (Hons), was commemorated at a function at HMAS Penguin last week.

Chief of Navy appoints an Advisor on Islamic Cultural Affairs

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Captain Mona Shindy, RAN, director of the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Officer (FFG SPO) and Islamic Cultural Adviser to Chief of Navy inspecting work being carried out in Auxiliary Machine Room number Two, onboard HMAS Melbourne. (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

Captain Mona Shindy, RAN, director of the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Officer (FFG SPO) and Islamic Cultural Adviser to Chief of Navy inspecting work being carried out in Auxiliary Machine Room number Two, onboard HMAS Melbourne.

Ensuring that Navy remains focused on all aspects of diversity is a key priority for the Chief of Navy, which is why he has recently appointed a Strategic Advisor on Islamic Cultural Affairs.

An Enduring Tradition - HMAS Cerberus Divisions

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author)

Ships Company of HMAS CCerberus on parade during HMAS Cerberus Winter Ceremonial Divisions. (photo: ABIS Dove Smithett)

Ships Company of HMAS CCerberus on parade during HMAS Cerberus Winter Ceremonial Divisions.

More than 500 sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen of HMAS Cerberus formed up on the Main Parade Ground for inspection by Commanding Officer, Captain Katherine Richards, RAN. In doing so, they carried out a time honoured tradition of showing pride in themselves and their service through their dress and bearing.

Esther Williams trophy retired

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(Right) Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Jason Hunter RAN, hands over the Esther Williams Trophy to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM, CSC, RAN, for retirement at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

(Right) Commanding Officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Jason Hunter RAN, hands over the Esther Williams Trophy to Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett AM, CSC, RAN, for retirement at the Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

The final chapter in a naval tradition was closed with a low key yet dignified ceremony at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island with the decommissioning of the legendary Esther Williams trophy.

Bundaberg unites family in the Torres Strait

Published on by SBLT R. Austin-Eames (author)

Able Seaman Godfrey Bero and his family onboard HMAS Bundaberg in the Torres Strait Islands. (photo: )

Able Seaman Godfrey Bero and his family onboard HMAS Bundaberg in the Torres Strait Islands.

Patrol boat sailor and Torres Strait Islander, Godfrey Bero took a rare opportunity to visit family and friends enroute to border protection operations in Australia’s northern waters.

Maryborough lad long way from the ocean

Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Lieutenant Scott MacPherson is a Maritime Logistics Officer currently posted to Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 - Afghanistan. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Lieutenant Scott MacPherson is a Maritime Logistics Officer currently posted to Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 - Afghanistan.

Navy Lieutenant and Maryborough resident, Scott MacPherson is a long way from the ocean. The 34-year-old Maritime Logistics Officer is currently posted to land locked Afghanistan.

Marine Technician builds a future for his family

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ricky Garner performs routine maintenance on the starboard sea boat of HMAS Albany during Operation Resolute. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Ricky Garner performs routine maintenance on the starboard sea boat of HMAS Albany during Operation Resolute.

Ricky Garner loves working on Armidale Class Patrol Boats but it’s nothing compared to the love of his family which the Royal Australian Navy helped him build.