Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

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.

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.

 

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.

 

75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Armidale

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Captain Ainsley Morthorpe CSM, RAN, lays a wreath during the HMAS Armidale (I) 75th Anniversary commemorative service in Central Park, Armidale.  (photo: LSIS Kayla Hayes)

Captain Ainsley Morthorpe CSM, RAN, lays a wreath during the HMAS Armidale (I) 75th Anniversary commemorative service in Central Park, Armidale.

On the 75th anniversary of the final action of HMAS Armidale I, the Royal Australian Navy has again paused to mark the loss of 100 servicemen.

Command team in longest goodbye

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (author)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)  (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)

As HMAS Darwin heads towards being decommissioned in December, her Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, has the privilege of having served the longest time at the helm.
Commander Henry took command from Captain Terrence Morrison in June 2015 and will complete a two and half years in the top job.

First Lady in Darwin for final visit

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (author)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017.

HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.

Darwin farewells namesake city

Published on by Department of Defence (author), WO2 Chris Houghton (photographer)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.  (photo: WO2 Chris Houghton)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.

HMAS Darwin has completed her final port visit to Darwin, farewelling the city by exercising the right to Freedom of Entry and showcasing her capability to thousands of locals.

The show must go on – drill training at sea

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company conduct guard training at sea enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia for an upcoming ceremonial sunset as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company conduct guard training at sea enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia for an upcoming ceremonial sunset as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17

Traditions of pomp and ceremony still have their place in a modern military – with the self-discipline required being reflected across all parts of Navy life.

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.

Reveille for service and sacrifice

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

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

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

Historically, bugles sounded to command the crew of warships, and in this case, the echoes signalled an inspiration to join the Royal Australian Navy.