Section: 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.

 

Reserves recognition and adventure

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

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC, presents Leading Seaman Alexandrea Torrens a Western Australia Reserve Service Excellence Award at the 2017 Western Australian Employer Support Awards & Reserve Service Excellence presentations at the Fremantle Sailing Club. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC, presents Leading Seaman Alexandrea Torrens a Western Australia Reserve Service Excellence Award at the 2017 Western Australian Employer Support Awards & Reserve Service Excellence presentations at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Defence has formally recognised a Navy Reservist that ‘punches above her weight’ while sharing in the pride of giving something back to Australia.

 

From property to port

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

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Photographing houses for a living to manning a ship’s operations room is a massive career leap, and has been achieved through chasing a career with multiple opportunities.

Expectations meet capability in support role

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Acquiring the skills to provide ports services to over half of the Navy's major warships and submarines was a rapid learning experience for one sailor at HMAS Stirling.

 

Proud to secure for the future

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

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling.

Maintaining and improving HMAS Stirling’s security measures is a moving target that requires a ‘firm-grip and clear mind’ as base occupants increase to support future capabilities, and protect the nation's elite servicemen and women.

 

Don't mind the Gap Year

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

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

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Zachary Davis at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Navy’s 'try before you buy' program provided experiences a lifetime which are now the basis for a career in electronic warfare for one sailor.

 

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.

 

‘Eyes and ears’ determined and ready to shine

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

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

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Adeel Patel at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The lure of an adventurous and an unrivalled career was enough motivation for a recruit to ‘pull out all the stops’ before heading to HMAS Cerberus for the 11 weeks of Recruit School.

 

Finals for FFG champion

Published on by LEUT Elizabeth Ringrose-Voase (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

A love of fast cars, fast bikes, gas turbines, and warships wouldn’t normally correlate with a desk job, but for Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally, it  led to her being recognised as a finalist in the 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

 

Lucky seven for graduating Navy Recruit

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), PO Vickie Austin (photographer)

Member of General Entry 357 Taylor Division Recruit Rob Hilton with his dad Chief Petty Officer Peter Hilton and his mum, ex-Chief Petty Officer Linda Hilton.  (photo: PO Vickie Austin)

Member of General Entry 357 Taylor Division Recruit Rob Hilton with his dad Chief Petty Officer Peter Hilton and his mum, ex-Chief Petty Officer Linda Hilton.

The power of the number seven was widely discussed by one particular family at the recent Recruit School Graduation parade for GE 357 in HMAS Cerberus.