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Navy farewells HMAS Darwin after 33 years of service

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LEUT Harley Slatter (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's ceremonial guard, march from the ship during the decommissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney. (photo: LEUT Harley Slatter)

HMAS Darwin's ceremonial guard, march from the ship during the decommissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney.

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide Class frigate, HMAS Darwin, at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney, after more than three decades of service to the nation.

History and heraldry by design

Published on by LEUT Dave Devlin (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

'The Badger' Mr Paul Burnett shows how the HMAS Darwin badge was designed and some of the finer details that are involved with the history of the badge.

With the Royal Australian Navy undergoing it’s biggest refresh since the Second World War, and a number of ships commissioning and decommissioning, it’s time to investigate ships’ badges.

 

Rankin renders assistance

Published on by LEUT Luke Richmond (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

STOCK PHOTO: - HMAS Rankin returns to Fleet Base West (c2014).   (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

STOCK PHOTO: - HMAS Rankin returns to Fleet Base West (c2014).

It is a rare occasion that a submarine finds itself involved in the co-ordination of life-saving events, however that is exactly how the day began for the crew of HMAS Rankin last month.

Newcastle returns from Middle East mission

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Department of Defence (author), ABML-SC Craig Walton (photographer), Able Seaman Tara Byrne (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Monique Van Der Kolk disembarks HMAS Newcastle at Sydney's Garden Island after six months away in the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Monique Van Der Kolk disembarks HMAS Newcastle at Sydney's Garden Island after six months away in the Middle East Region.

HMAS Newcastle has returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, following a six month deployment to the Middle East region.

Seahawk flies into history

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Jay Cronan (photographer), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy conducts the final flight of the S-70B-2 Seahawk Bravo after 29 years of operational service. (photo: Jay Cronan)

The Royal Australian Navy conducts the final flight of the S-70B-2 Seahawk Bravo after 29 years of operational service.

The Royal Australian Navy has marked the end of an era by handing over the last of its S‑70B-2 Seahawk "Bravo" helicopters to the Australian War Memorial for preservation in the national collection.

Fleet Air Arm farewells magnificent machines

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Guard during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Albatross give a 'General Salute' to mark the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk (Bravo) and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

The Guard during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Albatross give a 'General Salute' to mark the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk (Bravo) and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters.

The S-70B-2 Bravo Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel helicopters were formally retired from active service in the Royal Australian Navy at a ceremony today at HMAS Albatross.

 

Heritage dock delivers for future fleet

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), ABCSO Steven Thomson (photographer), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

HMAS Sirius in the dry dock at Garden Island, Sydney NSW. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

HMAS Sirius in the dry dock at Garden Island, Sydney NSW.

The dry dock at Garden Island in Sydney Harbour is one of Defence’s oldest pieces of infrastructure. So what happens there?

 

No place like home for Anzac

Published on by MIDN Petrus van Aswegen (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Anzac in Sydney Harbour.

As the clock struck the 11th hour of the 11th day of November this year, HMAS Anzac III was sailing home across the Great Australian Bight after completing a challenging 12 week maintenance period away from her home port.

 

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.

 

Shipmates rally around deceased sailor’s daughter

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Steve Dunning (author and photographer)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia,  Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. (photo: CMDR Steve Dunning)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

It’s been 30 years since Adelaide woman Chloe Humphreys lost her father Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae to a tragic motor vehicle accident shortly after drafting to his first ship, but the Navy family hasn’t forgotten his service to the nation.