On the 14th of February 1942, 22 Australian Army nurses and other survivors waded ashore at Radji Beach, Bangka Island in what is now Indonesia after their ship, the Vyner Brooke succumbed to Japanese air attack, sinking in the Bangka Strait.
A senior sailor from HMAS Stirling was recently recognised for her efforts in helping make Navy one of the major blood donators on the west coast.
At the end of a long and successful deployment, most submariners dream of seeing loved ones, a long hot shower and their own bed - and everyone longs for the luxury of open space. As the only person on board with “room to swing a cat”, HMAS Dechaineux Commanding Officer Commander Dan Sutherland recently decided to share this privilege for one day, for a good cause.
The Royal Australian Navy Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section at HMAS Albatross is relatively small but members of the unit are working hard to make a difference in their community. Their enthusiastic commitment to support a local accommodation and homelessness service will assist vulnerable women and families in the Shoalhaven.
For the tenth year, Team Navy continues its association with surf lifesaving as the naming rights sponsor of the 2017-18 Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) series.
Navy has provided strong support at South Australia’s largest open water swim event as attendees enjoyed a fast and fun day in the sun.
Navy's charity, Keeping Watch owes its very existence to the spirit and generosity of its donors and recently, Keeping Watch was the recipient of a generous donation from a group of ‘old and bold’ steamers.
The Royal Australian Navy’s Thredbo Ski Lodge has recently hosted 34 Tour de Cure cancer charity cyclists in the Snowy Mountains and Jindabyne.
The ship’s company of a Royal Australian Navy base south of Sydney have joined forces with the community to clean up a local national park and maintain its beauty.
HMAS Coonawarra recently joined the chorus of Australian Defence Force voices on White Ribbon Day calling for an end to violence against women.