Section: People

Reflective tone as Westralia's crew commended

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

Wreaths commemorate the lost sailors and officers of HMAS Westralia (II). (Archive image). (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)

Wreaths commemorate the lost sailors and officers of HMAS Westralia (II). (Archive image).

A commemoration was held at HMAS Stirling on Sunday 5 May to remember the four lives that were lost 21 years ago in a fire on board the former supply vessel HMAS Westralia (II).

Decorated Naval aviator and lawyer farewelled

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

L-R: United States Consul General Rachel Cooke; Commodore Brett Dowsing, Senior Officer Western Australia; Commander William Dull of the United States Navy; and Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling; with Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd) and his wife (centre) after he was presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

L-R: United States Consul General Rachel Cooke; Commodore Brett Dowsing, Senior Officer Western Australia; Commander William Dull of the United States Navy; and Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling; with Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd) and his wife (centre) after he was presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.

The Royal Australian Navy aviation and legal communities are mourning the loss of one of their legends, Commander Geoffrey Vickridge, RAN (Ret'd), who passed away recently after a battle with cancer.

Navy duo honours family who served in WWI

Published on by LEUT Harley Slatter (author), SGT William Guthrie (photographer)

Navy Senior Chaplain Murray Lund looks at the grave marker where the First World War unknown Australian soldier was exhumed from the Adelaide War Cemetery outside Villers-Bretonneux, France. The soldier now rests in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. (photo: SGT W. Guthrie)

Navy Senior Chaplain Murray Lund looks at the grave marker where the First World War unknown Australian soldier was exhumed from the Adelaide War Cemetery outside Villers-Bretonneux, France. The soldier now rests in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Ahead of Anzac Day commemorations, two Royal Australian Navy members revisited their family’s history of service on the Western Front, France, during World War I.

Following in great-grandfather's footsteps

Published on by FLTLT Chloe Stevenson (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Amanda May from Australia's Federation Guard holds a picture of her great-grandfather, Erskine Edward May who fought at Gallipoli. (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Amanda May from Australia's Federation Guard holds a picture of her great-grandfather, Erskine Edward May who fought at Gallipoli.

Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Amanda May is the first military member in her family to return to Gallipoli since her great-grandfather fought there more than a century before.

History repeats as Commander Air position reinstated

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Commander Rick Neville at HMAS Albatross. (photo: )

Commander Rick Neville at HMAS Albatross.

Commander Rick Neville will soon find himself at the centre of a ‘back to the future’ moment as the Fleet Air Arm inscribes his name on the ‘Commander Air’ honour board at HMAS Albatross.

From the boat to the brush

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author and photographer)

War artist Bob McRae with his artwork of a sailor from HMAS Ballarat. (photo: CPL Carla Armenti)

War artist Bob McRae with his artwork of a sailor from HMAS Ballarat.

Artist Bob McRae has spent time onboard HMAS Ballarat in the Middle East to capture the Royal Australian Navy on operations.

New project to make master logisticians

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LEUT Anthony Martin (photographer)

LEUTs Aaron Goedecke and Emily Ross are interviewed about the Maritime Logistics Career Continuum aboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: LEUT Anthony Martin)

LEUTs Aaron Goedecke and Emily Ross are interviewed about the Maritime Logistics Career Continuum aboard HMAS Adelaide.

Maritime Logistics Officers were in the spotlight recently as a film crew interviewed them about changes to their primary qualification.

Navy supports leadership development on a global scale

Published on by ABLT Kallum Phillips (author)

Lieutenant Junior Grade Yusuf Nur Arifin is presented a certificate by Lieutenant Commander Peter Bartholomeusz, Head Management and Strategic Studies Faculty upon completion of NOLC 1 at HMAS Albatross in March 2019. (photo: )

Lieutenant Junior Grade Yusuf Nur Arifin is presented a certificate by Lieutenant Commander Peter Bartholomeusz, Head Management and Strategic Studies Faculty upon completion of NOLC 1 at HMAS Albatross in March 2019.

Two junior officers from the Indonesian Navy have received a detailed insight into the RAN’s personnel leadership and management training continuum when they recently attended phases one and two of the Naval Officers’ Leadership Course at HMAS Albatross.

Warrant Officer inspires new recruits

Published on by LEUT Ben Willee and CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), CPL Mark Dowling (photographer)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN, with Warrant Officer Jo Jordan OAM, after officially renaming the Sabroan Club at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School the 'Jordan Club'. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN, with Warrant Officer Jo Jordan OAM, after officially renaming the Sabroan Club at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School the 'Jordan Club'.

One of Navy’s most respected senior sailors has been honoured with her own club, named after her in a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus.

Motorsport program a revving success

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Michael Dent chats with Craftsman Harrison Old (left), Craftsman Nic Ryan and Squadron Leader Michael Bailes regarding his work duties as a member of the Bottle-O Racing Team, during the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Michael Dent chats with Craftsman Harrison Old (left), Craftsman Nic Ryan and Squadron Leader Michael Bailes regarding his work duties as a member of the Bottle-O Racing Team, during the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019.

LS Michael Dent’s 20 years’ of experience in building engines put him in good stead to contribute to the Tickford Racing Team at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.