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Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Jake Badior (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Seaman Olivia Saunders completes her 2019 Defence Census. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Seaman Olivia Saunders completes her 2019 Defence Census.

Sailors and officers working in every corner of the Navy – at sea and ashore – will receive the 2019 Defence Census today.

At sea onboard all six FFGs

Published on by LCDR Amy Blacker (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD.

HMAS Melbourne has completed her final Intermediate Maintenance Availability as a commissioned warship and is readying for a deployment through the East Asian and South Pacific regions.

Sea-change leads to Navy life

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author)

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin. (photo: )

Midshipmen Jason Gilmore and Elizabeth Lewis on the bridge wing of HMAS Leeuwin.

While most people join the Navy directly from high school, university or as their first full-time job, two new officers in HMAS Leeuwin have come with many years of experience in the civilian workforce.

Engineering sailor certified for gas turbine expertise

Published on by PO Ann-Maree Anderson (author)

Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines. (photo: Unknown)

Director General Engineering (Navy), Commodore Colin Dagg (right), congratulates Warrant Officer Nigel Jeffers on earning the Warrant Grade 2 for his expertise in marine gas turbines.

For the first time in the history of Navy’s Marine Engineering branch, a sailor has been granted a warrant to provide expert advice in their specific field of engineering as a ‘Technologist Warrant Holder Grade 2’.

A stitch in time over 40 years

Published on by LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan with Ms Felize Byrne following the presentation of her Chief of Navy Gold Commendation at the HMAS Kuttabul clothing store in Sydney. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan with Ms Felize Byrne following the presentation of her Chief of Navy Gold Commendation at the HMAS Kuttabul clothing store in Sydney.

For the past 40 years, seamstress Feliza 'Feli' Byrne has ensured thousands of Navy women and men could wear their uniform with pride, confident it met dress regulations and would not fall apart under pressure.

Navy officer honoured as role model at Gargi Awards

Published on by LEUT Anthony Martin (author)

Navy’s Principal Chaplain Colin Acton congratulates Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing on her Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category. (photo: Unknown)

Navy’s Principal Chaplain Colin Acton congratulates Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing on her Gargi Award in the Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services category.

It was a proud moment for Lieutenant Kamala Sharma-Wing, when she was recently recognised By the Hindu Council of Australia with a Gargi Award.

Definitely ‘More Powerful Together’ says Navy’s first female ship CO

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Jenny Daetz during her time as Commanding Officer of HMAS Shepparton (then a Lieutenant). (photo: )

Jenny Daetz during her time as Commanding Officer of HMAS Shepparton (then a Lieutenant).

Jenny Daetz joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986, shortly after the decision was made to let women to serve at sea.

DFRT gets first-hand exposure to life at sea

Published on by LCDR Ben Robinson (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal members and support staff with Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Canberra during a familiarisation tour of the ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal members and support staff with Royal Australian Navy personnel onboard HMAS Canberra during a familiarisation tour of the ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney.

The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal recently had the opportunity to experience conditions on board a variety of different Royal Australian Navy vessels in Sydney.

Lucky eight get submarine experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Navy submariners and competition winners stand on the casing of Collins class submarine HMAS Sheean during a tour of HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. L-R: Katelyn Mayne, Sarah Cox, Jack Evans, Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarines Kale Vassallo, Damon Dawson, Melvin Wong, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Leon Bromley, Noah Edberg, Kirkley Whiting, Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Casey Seizovic and Tahlia Purdie. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Navy submariners and competition winners stand on the casing of Collins class submarine HMAS Sheean during a tour of HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. L-R: Katelyn Mayne, Sarah Cox, Jack Evans, Able Seaman Electronic Warfare Submarines Kale Vassallo, Damon Dawson, Melvin Wong, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Submarines Leon Bromley, Noah Edberg, Kirkley Whiting, Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarines Casey Seizovic and Tahlia Purdie.

A group of eight young people with submarine careers in their sights were treated to a close-up encounter with a Collins class submarine at Australia’s largest Navy base recently as part of a national competition run by Defence Force Recruiting.

Warm reception as Chill honoured by renaming of Cairns mess

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN; former Warrant Officer Boatswain Ian Chill; and Commanding Officer of HMAS Cairns, Commander David Hannah, at the official naming of the WOB Ian Chill Combined Mess. (photo: )

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN; former Warrant Officer Boatswain Ian Chill; and Commanding Officer of HMAS Cairns, Commander David Hannah, at the official naming of the WOB Ian Chill Combined Mess.

To commemorate the service of a former Warrant Officer who was severely injured while on duty overseas, the newly refurbished combined ranks mess at HMAS Cairns has been named in his honour.