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Federation Star awarded to serving Navy Vietnam vet

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Commander Robert Eames, OAM, RAN (centre left) and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre right) after receiving his second Federation Star, representing 45 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy, together with colleagues from Navy International Engagement, during a ceremony held in Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Commander Robert Eames, OAM, RAN (centre left) and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre right) after receiving his second Federation Star, representing 45 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy, together with colleagues from Navy International Engagement, during a ceremony held in Russell Offices, Canberra.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan presented Commander Bob Eames with the fifth clasp to his Defence Long Service Medal last week.

Stirling lends a hand on poppy project

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

Volunteer Trish Clark works with 'Poppy Lady' Judy Batho and other volunteers to clean and prepare the handmade poppies for Remembrance Day. (photo: )

Volunteer Trish Clark works with 'Poppy Lady' Judy Batho and other volunteers to clean and prepare the handmade poppies for Remembrance Day.

The Returned and Services League of Western Australia ‘Poppy Ladies’ are once again preparing to roll out the fields of poppies that we saw last year around Remembrance Day.

New look for the Next Generation - Navy charity gets a facelift

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author)

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Navy’s welfare fund Keeping Watch has unveiled a new logo, designed to better represent the RAN workforce and to draw attention to a worthy cause. 

HMAS Kuttabul celebrates NAIDOC Week with smoking ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Command Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Mark Cooper, right, and Laurance Magick Dennis from Milan Dhiiyaan, left, take part in a smoking ceremony at HMAS Kuttabul during NAIDOC Week 2019. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Command Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Mark Cooper, right, and Laurance Magick Dennis from Milan Dhiiyaan, left, take part in a smoking ceremony at HMAS Kuttabul during NAIDOC Week 2019.

An indigenous smoking ceremony at HMAS Kuttabul has taken place to mark the end of NAIDOC Week.

Smoke, sticks and dance steps mark NAIDOC

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer), POIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy's Bungaree Dance Troupe take part in a smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Paul McLeod as a part of NAIDOC week activities held at the base precinct, HMAS Albatross. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Royal Australian Navy's Bungaree Dance Troupe take part in a smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Paul McLeod as a part of NAIDOC week activities held at the base precinct, HMAS Albatross.

A smoking ceremony, message sticks, energetic dancing and a positive spirit of reconciliation were the hallmarks of NAIDOC Week celebrations at HMAS Albatross, near Nowra, NSW.

Navy singers strike a chord in Defence choir

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

The Defence Choir perform their winter concert in the Ngunnawal Theatrette at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

The Defence Choir perform their winter concert in the Ngunnawal Theatrette at Russell Offices, Canberra.

As the Chief Legal Officer to the Chief of Navy and a mother-of-three children, you wouldn’t think Commander Rachel Jones would have much time for hobbies, but her posting to Navy Headquarters has unexpectedly given her an opportunity to reconnect with one of her first loves: singing.

Messes fund new chair for Matt

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Brown (front right), pictured with fellow Navy amputee Able Seaman Marine Technician Mark Daniels (front left), is presented with a wheelchair rugby chair by HMAS Stirling personnel at the Tammar Tavern, HMAS Stirling. (photo: POIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Matthew Brown (front right), pictured with fellow Navy amputee Able Seaman Marine Technician Mark Daniels (front left), is presented with a wheelchair rugby chair by HMAS Stirling personnel at the Tammar Tavern, HMAS Stirling.

A sailor who lost his leg in a motor vehicle accident in 2018 was recently presented with a custom-made sports wheelchair to help him participate in the Australian Defence Force’s acclaimed Adaptive Sports Program.

Visiting Naval Fellows pause and reflect

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Visiting Naval Fellows from USA, Indonesia and Tonga salute after laying wreaths during the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. L-R: Mr Andrew Ertl, Project Scholar; Lieutenant Colonel Yano Wenas, TNI-AL (Army, Indonesia) and Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tupueluelu, HMAF (Navy, Tonga). (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Visiting Naval Fellows from USA, Indonesia and Tonga salute after laying wreaths during the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. L-R: Mr Andrew Ertl, Project Scholar; Lieutenant Colonel Yano Wenas, TNI-AL (Army, Indonesia) and Lieutenant Commander Semisi Tupueluelu, HMAF (Navy, Tonga).

Visiting Naval Fellows and members of Navy’s Sea Power Centre - Australia formed up shoulder-to-shoulder to attend a moving Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

HMAS Benalla first Freedom of Entry in 15 years

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS James McDougall (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Ship's Company of HMAS Benalla march through the city of Benalla during their Freedom of Entry march. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Ship's Company of HMAS Benalla march through the city of Benalla during their Freedom of Entry march.

The officers and sailors of Royal Australian Navy Survey Ship HMAS Benalla (II) have visited the ship’s namesake city of Benalla, Victoria to conduct their first Freedom of Entry march in over 15 years.

Aus-Japan Navy to Navy talks bolster long-standing relations between nations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM, RAN, with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Director General Operations and Plans Department, Rear Admiral Akira Saito at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM, RAN, with Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Director General Operations and Plans Department, Rear Admiral Akira Saito at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Royal Australian Navy has hosted the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force in a week-long visit to Australia that built on the strong bilateral relationship shared by the two defence forces for more than a decade.