Section: Community

At home on the range

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

76mmn Proof Firing at West Head Gunnery Range.
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76mmn Proof Firing at West Head Gunnery Range.

Occupying an area of about 16 hectares on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, West Head Gunnery Range is one of the world’s few remaining shore-to-sea live firing training sites. With its location comes some difficulty in accessing services that most Navy personnel have at hand – the answer, taking them to the Range.

Lucky number 13,000 on Young Endeavour

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe with the 13,000th young Australian to sail on STS Young Endeavour, Mr Grant Crowley.  (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe with the 13,000th young Australian to sail on STS Young Endeavour, Mr Grant Crowley.

Almost 30 years on from her arrival in Australia, Navy’s sail training ship Young Endeavour has welcomed her 13,000th youth crew member, with 20-year-old Grant Cowley from Margate in Queensland the young Australian to benefit from the milestone voyage.

Donating blood – a powerful gift

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, and Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, RAN, with (L-R) Ms Susan Mungwana, Ms Daniela Niv, and Ms Gina Tracy from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at the Chaplain's BBQ and Australian Red Cross Blood Drive information session held at the Off Watch Centre, HMAS Stirling.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, and Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, RAN, with (L-R) Ms Susan Mungwana, Ms Daniela Niv, and Ms Gina Tracy from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at the Chaplain's BBQ and Australian Red Cross Blood Drive information session held at the Off Watch Centre, HMAS Stirling.

HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, used the aroma from a sausage sizzle to lure potential blood donors to the local launch of the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge.

Penguin meets namesake

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

L-R Leading Seaman Medic Sarah Mclaughlan, Leading Seaman Medic Olivia Mortlock and Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell ADC, RAN, inspect the penguins living at Sydney Aquarium.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

L-R Leading Seaman Medic Sarah Mclaughlan, Leading Seaman Medic Olivia Mortlock and Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell ADC, RAN, inspect the penguins living at Sydney Aquarium.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin came face-to-face with a ‘waddle’ of penguins in Sydney, as part of celebrations for the base’s 75th anniversary.

A turtle-y awesome rescue

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Couch (author), LSCIS Fane Cokanauto (photographer)

Franklin the Turtle and HMAS Childers Executive Officer Lieutenant Danielle Couch on their way back to Darwin.  (photo: LSCIS Fane Cokanauto)

Franklin the Turtle and HMAS Childers Executive Officer Lieutenant Danielle Couch on their way back to Darwin.

The crew of patrol boat, HMAS Childers stuck their necks out for a marine friend when they rescued an injured green sea turtle off the coast of the Tiwi Islands recently.

Community contributes to survey success

Published on by SBLT Dean Gilbert (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.

Survey operations near the Goulburn Islands, 300 kilometres east of Darwin, has provided an opportunity to engage with a remote local community.

Navy walkers support community

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Dawes (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017 (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017

Adelaide-based Royal Australian Navy personnel were out in force on a cold winter’s morning in support of the Hutt Street Centre’s ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ campaign.

Navy 'Boss' stays the course

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ainsley Slattery (author), SGT Murray Staff (photographer)

Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia Commander Andrew Burnett and the Legacy Navy bear at the Boot Camp held in Adelaide. (photo: SGT Murray Staff)

Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia Commander Andrew Burnett and the Legacy Navy bear at the Boot Camp held in Adelaide.

The ‘boss’ of Navy’s South Australian-based personnel has all but walked over hot coals in an effort to raise money for Legacy.

Promoting pumping plasma

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), Unknown (photographer)

Robert Bateman (photo: UNKNOWn)

Robert Bateman

A desire to help others and a history of donating blood products made Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Chef Rob Bateman a stand-out choice for Navy’s Defence Blood Challenge Ambassador in 2017.

Oath for the environment in Palau

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer)

Laura Clarke, co-founder of the Palau Legacy Project and spouse of Lieutenant Commander Ben Fennell (photo: C.B.Fennell)

Laura Clarke, co-founder of the Palau Legacy Project and spouse of Lieutenant Commander Ben Fennell

The spouse of a Navy Maritime Surveillance Adviser posted to the island nation of Palau has put her own skills to good use during the posting and co-founded a project intended to protect the country’s fragile environment.