Section: People

Bye, bye Birdie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right)  presents the  Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right) presents the Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company.

Captain Simon Bateman was no stranger to HMAS Albatross when he assumed command in December 2013, but as he hands over command, he reflects on the changes achieved throughout his tenure.

Instructor honoured with Damage Control Shield

Published on by POMT Andrew McDonald (author)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation' (photo: LAC Owen King)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation'

For the third consecutive year, an instructor from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility – South, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, has been awarded the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield.

Nurse switches coasts and uniforms

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course.

Wollongong nurse Angus Thompson ditched his usual intensive care nursing uniform for a camouflage outfit last year, as he finalised his Navy Reserve Officer training onboard the Navy frigate, HMAS Anzac on a trip across the top of Australia.

Building balance into busy lives

Published on by WO Ian Daley (author), Unknown (photographer)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on
Mental Health Day. (photo: Unknown)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on Mental Health Day.

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure balance and well-being are part of everyday naval life, the Australian Defence Force Centre of Mental Health based at HMAS Penguin took personnel away from their workplaces for a change of scenery recently.

Promotion Spanish Armada Style

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Ray Leggatt (author), Luis Cagiao (photographer)

Rear Admiral Noonan promoted Lieutenant Commander Kenny to Commander on board the F105 Cristóbal Colón in front of Commander Kenny’s family, Armada peers and Cristóbal Colón crew members. 
  (photo: Luis Cagiao)

Rear Admiral Noonan promoted Lieutenant Commander Kenny to Commander on board the F105 Cristóbal Colón in front of Commander Kenny’s family, Armada peers and Cristóbal Colón crew members.

As part of the recent Navy to Navy talks conducted in Spain between the Spanish Armada and the Royal Australian Navy, a unique opportunity was presented enabling the promotion of an Australian officer on board a Spanish warship.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author), Unknown (photographer)

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a 'howl' of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.

Career challenge accepted

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.  (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.

Pushing out of her comfort zone has taken Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Natalie Carey from Sydney all the way to the Middle East.

Support for families on the move

Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant James Tew with his wife Christine and daughter on completion of his ADFA graduation. (photo: Unknown)

Sub Lieutenant James Tew with his wife Christine and daughter on completion of his ADFA graduation.

The end of the year is a busy time for a variety of reasons but for lots of Defence families, it means a change of scenery as personnel post across the state, continent, or the globe.

Arunta posting brings adventure

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, wearing his Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, wearing his Boarding Party gear onboard HMAS Arunta.

For Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry, deploying on a warship to the Middle East region to conduct maritime security operations is the stuff dreams are made of.

Christmas duty for Adelaide sailor

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lisanne Hyland conducts planned maintenance of an F88 Austyer in the Armoury of HMAS Darwin.

Not many young Australians can say they’ve busted drug and weapon smugglers, supported earthquake recovery efforts and visited nine countries on three continents.