Topic: Honours, Awards and Trophies

Senior sailor’s star performance

Published on by LCDR Fiona Southwood (author), MAJ Chris Linden (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Chief Petty Officer Paul O'Keefe celebrates his 40th year in the Royal Australian Navy in the Junior Sailors Cafe aboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Forty years of dedicated service by Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Paul ‘Jock’ O’Keefe was recently celebrated by the crew of HMAS Newcastle, deployed to the Middle East region.

Most proficient embarked flight takes trophy

Published on by POA Eamonn O'Brien (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

MH-60R Flight 2 with the 2016 Collins Trophy on the flight deck of HMAS Newcastle.

One of the Australian Navy’s newest aviation teams took out the honours for the coveted Collins Trophy recently with the 2016 ‘most proficient’ embarked helicopter flight going to some of those flying and maintaining the Seahawk Romeo.

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.

Federation Star to Chief Coxswain

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.

In 1973, the Sydney Opera House opened, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was released, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, and the Watergate hearings began in the United States.  It was also the year that Ian Rigby, walked into HMAS Leeuwin as a 15-year-old to start his naval career.

It’s all in the data for Honours List Able Seaman

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABML-SC Craig Walton (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Peters at HMAS Watson, Sydney. (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Peters at HMAS Watson, Sydney.

A former Army radio operator who transferred to the Navy in 2011 to gain sea time, experience, knowledge and skills before he decided his future, received a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.