Section: People

Festive fund relief for Navy personnel

Published on by CAPT Lisa Batchler (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued.

It was a jolly day in the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund Office on 5 December, when the staff hit the button to pay out $377,000 in interest free Christmas Loans to Navy personnel. 

Chief of Navy’s Christmas message

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by VADM Tim Barrett (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN stops to speak with Leading Seaman Aaron Gill from 816 Squadron during HMAS Albatross Ceremonial Divisions. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN stops to speak with Leading Seaman Aaron Gill from 816 Squadron during HMAS Albatross Ceremonial Divisions.

This Christmas Navy personnel are deployed across the region and the globe, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reflects on the work of Navy people in 2017.

 

Solo operator meets the challenge

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Mathew Tickner onboard HMAS Mermaid. (photo: CPOB Anthony Martin)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Mathew Tickner onboard HMAS Mermaid.

For Able Seaman Mathew Tickner, being the only Communication and Information Specialist on the survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid is a challenge he is ready and willing to accept.

Counting blessings this festive season

Published on by PCHA Colin Acton (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton.

Reflecting on the season, here’s the annual Christmas message from Navy’s Principal Chaplain, Colin Acton.

 

Silent service secrets revealed

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Lieutenant Craig Paterson shows Ms Jade King (right), Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Natasja Toser (left) and his wife, Mrs Deb Paterson, the workings of HMAS Waller's periscope during a families day at sea. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Lieutenant Craig Paterson shows Ms Jade King (right), Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Natasja Toser (left) and his wife, Mrs Deb Paterson, the workings of HMAS Waller's periscope during a families day at sea.

The crew of HMAS Waller had the unique opportunity to show their family members what they do when they go to sea on a recent sea ride from HMAS Stirling at Rockingham to the Port of Fremantle.

 

Join the Navy, see the world...

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Senior Naval Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RAN. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Senior Naval Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, RAN.

Royal Australian Navy recruitment posters plastered on walls in 1969 said ‘join the Navy, see the world’, and it delivered in spades for a country teenager excited to face the next step of his life.

From hard hats to high tech

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (author)

Seaman Electronic Warfare Davina Hughes at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Electronic Warfare Davina Hughes at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

A former civil construction labourer’s career has evolved from reconstructing roads to identifying hostile or friendly ships over the horizon.

 

Bravo retirement a family affair

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

The Craig family, from left, Captain Shane, RAN, Lieutenant Tom, Chief Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Airframes Jamie and Lieutenant Tim in front of an S-70B-2 Seahawk after HMAS Albatross divisions parade for the retirement of the Seahawk and AS-350B Squirrel helicopters. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

The Craig family, from left, Captain Shane, RAN, Lieutenant Tom, Chief Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Airframes Jamie and Lieutenant Tim in front of an S-70B-2 Seahawk after HMAS Albatross divisions parade for the retirement of the Seahawk and AS-350B Squirrel helicopters.

The retirement of the S-70B-2, colloquially known as the Bravo, on 1 December was an emotional day for at least four men, over two generations, of the Craig family.

 

Survey reinforces family focus

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Former RN officer and wife of LCDR John Campbell, Susie Campbell with their sons Patrick age 4 and Thomas age 7 at Baringa Bush Garden, Seaforth. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Former RN officer and wife of LCDR John Campbell, Susie Campbell with their sons Patrick age 4 and Thomas age 7 at Baringa Bush Garden, Seaforth.

The data gathered from a survey of more than 4,600 Defence families will be used to better inform personnel policy for Navy people.

 

Excellence matters for future leader

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Damon Jackson at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Damon Jackson at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

One Navy Seaman is on track to a stellar career already, crediting his early success to a strong work ethic, ambition and curiosity.