Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman.
The results of the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge are in, with Navy picking up the honours for highest year-on-year growth, increasing blood donations by a massive 38 per cent.
Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin.
A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.
January 25, 2017 by SBLT Timothy Carlin (author), SBLT Timothy Carlin (photographer), RANC SBLT Jarvis TS Endeavour (photographer)
‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin
Early in January HMAS
Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment.
January 20, 2017 by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)
Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay dances to the Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne as they entertain at Larrakeyah Primary School, Darwin, during Navy Week in the Northern Territory.
The Royal Australian Navy’s Community Engagement Program in the Northern Territory achieved a number of key milestones throughout 2016, aimed at bringing Navy people out into the community.
HMAS Anzac's ship's company have a morning tea to talk about domestic violence in support of White Ribbon.
Late in 2016 during a busy Sea Qualification Trial the crew of HMAS
Anzac still found time to join together in support of White Ribbon and the 'stick your neck out' campaign.
Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Steve Bowater, OAM, RAN presented a Young Diggers Dog Squad cheque for $31,306 to Chief Executive Officer of Defence Bank Mr John Linehan and Ms Leanne Kyle, Executive Manager of Defence Bank Foundation. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and his wife, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, also attended the presentation.
Navy personnel at HMAS
Cerberus have presented a cheque for more than $31,000 to the Defence Community Dogs program, which supports the training of therapy dogs to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Larissa Anthony (Year 12 and School Captain), LCDR Chris Maxworthy, and Tysha Suarez (Year 10) following the Long Tan Award ceremony at Ku-ring-gai High School.
In mid-December, naval engineering officer Lieutenant Commander Chris Maxworthy had the pleasure of a trip down memory lane, whilst taking time out to recognise students making memories of their own.
The 2016/17 season of the Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League is well underway with the first events taking place in November and continuing through the summer.
The Commanding Officer HMAS Harman, Commander Alison Westwood, RAN (left) and the Executive Officer HMAS Harman, Lieutenant-Commander Anthony Taylor, RAN pass on gifts donated by Harman personnel, for the Salvation Army, to Chris Maxwell.
Harman hosted its annual Christmas party for Defence families in capital and surrounds - bringing a bit of fun to the start of the holiday season.
Commander Royals presented the Centre with a cheque for $1,200.
Naval aviators on the south coast of New South Wales have donated time and funds to a local Shoalhaven charity with personal links to their own squadron.