Section: Events

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author and photographer), CPL Colin Dadd (photographer)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy. 

Darwin's war - remembered

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

LTC Matthew Emborski, Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN, Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday, 19th of February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

LTC Matthew Emborski, Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN, Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday, 19th of February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Initiative brings rewards in Navy Safety Awards

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L to R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; Commander Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, Commander Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform  Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L to R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; Commander Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, Commander Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea.

Training Authority-Submarines was recently recognised in the 2016 Navy Safety Awards.

Friendship from tragedy – solemn ceremony in Nias

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The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias.

Australian Defence Force members recently returned to the scene of one of the military's worst disasters to pay tribute to victims and for a heartfelt reunion with locals.

Defence Chief launches ‘Navy and the Nation’

Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author)

Director Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson,  Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, at the launch of the book 'The Navy and the Nation', held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: Unknown)

Director Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson, Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Retd), Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, and Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, at the launch of the book 'The Navy and the Nation', held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Despite the oft sung words in the national anthem, Australians live often detached from the reality that “…our home is girt by sea”. In Canberra on 30 January, senior Defence leaders gathered at the Australian War Memorial to help launch a book that highlights Australia’s reliance on sea trade and a formidable Navy to protect sea lanes and prosperity.

Stirling Families Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (author)

Able Seaman Medic Shunsuke Takahashi checks the blood pressure of Ella Cordell (6) while sister Lily (8) watches closely at the ambulance display during the HMAS Stirling Families Day. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Medic Shunsuke Takahashi checks the blood pressure of Ella Cordell (6) while sister Lily (8) watches closely at the ambulance display during the HMAS Stirling Families Day.

The gates were opened to Fleet Base West on 25 January, when HMAS Stirling hosted a Families Day for its 3,000 Defence and Australian Public Service personnel on Garden Island, Rockingham.

Australia Day - A great Navy day!

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HMAS Leeuwin hosted the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Port Adelaide, welcoming new Aussies with Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Lieutenant Commander Adam Muckalt. (photo: Mr James McPherson)

HMAS Leeuwin hosted the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Port Adelaide, welcoming new Aussies with Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Lieutenant Commander Adam Muckalt.

Royal Australian Navy people spent time on Australia Day getting out into the community. From flag raising ceremonies to an Open Day, the Navy helped celebrate Australia and show how proud all Navy members are to protect Australia’s lifestyle and freedoms.

Japanese-Australian defence ties strengthened

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

From left, Director Cowra Japan Society, Mr Tony Mooney OAM, ORS, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Staff Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, Admiral Yutaka Murakawa and Mayor of Cowra, Councillor Bill West, stand united after laying wreaths at the Japanese War Cemetery at Cowra, NSW. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

From left, Director Cowra Japan Society, Mr Tony Mooney OAM, ORS, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Staff Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, Admiral Yutaka Murakawa and Mayor of Cowra, Councillor Bill West, stand united after laying wreaths at the Japanese War Cemetery at Cowra, NSW.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has joined Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Admiral Yutaka Murakawa, to commemorate the lives lost in the ‘Cowra Breakout’ during the Second World War.

Women in Aviation summit success

Published on by FLTLT Barrie Bardoe (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies has a close look at the cockpit of an AH-64 Apache whilst on operations in 2014. She was a guest speaker at the Women In Aerospace Summit. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy pilot, Lieutenant Natalie Davies has a close look at the cockpit of an AH-64 Apache whilst on operations in 2014. She was a guest speaker at the Women In Aerospace Summit.

Naval Aviators recently participated in the sixth Women in Aviation/Aerospace Summit which saw over 150 attendees enjoy a diverse range of presentations.

Band plays an international tune

Published on by SBLT James Tew (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Band on tour in Malaysia (photo: Unknown)

Members of the Royal Australian Navy Band on tour in Malaysia

It's not unusual for the Navy to deploy but it is not every day that the Royal Australian Navy band goes on an international tour.