On Good Friday this year, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Rod Waites will be leaving the Permanent Navy after 42 years of service. However his only plans for retirement so far are to “do a bit of Reserve time.”
A Navy Chaplain was quick to offer help when flood waters forced the evacuation of almost 350 people from remote communities in the Northern Territory recently.
Members from HMAS Rankin, the Collins Class submarine based in Western Australia, recently conducted the scattering of ashes of three former Royal Navy submariners.
Lieutenant Luke Le Grand has become Navy’s first ever Scientific Research Officer, posted to the Army led Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. The institute is a world-recognised centre for malaria research and training, with a mission to ensure that Australian Defence Force personnel have the best possible protection against malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Chief Petty Officer Communications Information Systems Alan “Nobby” Clark has closed the door on his illustrious 38-year Permanent Navy career. A familiar face to anyone who has spent time at HMAS Stirling and in ships based at Fleet Base West, Chief Clark will still occasionally be around the base in a Reserve capacity.
Commodore Greg Yorke has assumed the role Senior Naval Officer Victoria (SNO-VIC), accepting responsibilities from Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8th March, is the global day recognising the economic, political and social achievements of women. For women in the Navy who make up approximately 21% of the full-time RAN workforce, it is not just another day at sea or ashore but also a day to take pride in their duties and reflect on their role in Navy.
Team building and resilience was the theme for Navy members from HMAS Moreton and surrounding outstations as they recently participated in a range of outdoor activities.
Director Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, has presented on his experiences in Navy, including Defence Force career options for engineers, to indigenous students.
The Australian Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC), commanded by Captain Guy Holthouse, has adopted ‘The Infants’ Home’, headquartered at Ashfield in Sydney as the new unit charity.