Section: People

Systems sailor navigates I-sea-T

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

While the bulk of the Australian Navy presence in the Middle East region is patrolling the region’s waters in the frigate, HMAS Newcastle, one Petty Officer’s job is to keep the communications links on point from ashore in United States Navy headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.

More on offer than prayers

Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017.

Seeking chaplaincy support, counsel and assessment is much more common than you might think. Navy chaplains have, for the first time, started recording the numbers of people seeking advice and counsel – and from those records, it’s clear the issues that concern serving personnel are common.

Newcastle’s operationally deployed dads

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.

More than 1,700 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed in the Middle East on operations this Father’s Day – and amongst those who are fathers and grandfathers, 10 have just become new dads.

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.

Navy and Prodrive Australia fast track learning

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), LCDR Don Hogarth (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards works on one of the Prodrive Australia cars during his posting to the Supercars team. (photo: LCDR Don Hogarth)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards works on one of the Prodrive Australia cars during his posting to the Supercars team.

A long interest in motorsports has served Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards well in his current posting to V8 Supercars team, Prodrive. 

Helping keep Defence riders safe

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August. (photo: Unknown)

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.

Federation Star to Chief Coxswain

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RANR, Head Reserve and Youth Division/Commander ADF Cadets, presents Chief Petty Officer Ian Rigby with his Federation Star at HMAS Penguin.

In 1973, the Sydney Opera House opened, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was released, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, and the Watergate hearings began in the United States.  It was also the year that Ian Rigby, walked into HMAS Leeuwin as a 15-year-old to start his naval career.

Support for those in need

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Sam Birch (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs helps launch the Engage Website  (photo: Sam Birch)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs helps launch the Engage Website

A new website aims to improve support for wounded, injured and ill current and former Australian Defence Force personnel, their families and those who assist with their care.

Sparky essential to ships green team

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), LCDR Andrew Thorpe (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician David Brown adjusts the Radar Set Controls aboard HMAS Arunta while at sea.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Petty Officer Electronics Technician David Brown adjusts the Radar Set Controls aboard HMAS Arunta while at sea.

Who keeps the ‘eyes and ears’ of an Australian Navy warship ready for peak performance? While the medical folk look after the literal versions, the electronics technicians are responsible for the ongoing serviceability radar, sonar and weapon system equipment.

Teamwork essential for charting coastline

Published on by CPOB Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland. (photo: CPOB Tony Martin)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson, a member of the Navy's Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight, located in Cairns, Queensland.

Being part of a highly-specialised team is one of the things Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson appreciates most about his role with the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight.