Section: Community

Facing fears for fifty donations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Ainsley Slattery (author), Unknown (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officers Kirsty Semmens (left) and Warren Sanders (right) were on board to cheer on fellow Petty Officer Erica Lower (centre) when she made her 50th donation recently at the Regent Blood Donor Centre. (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officers Kirsty Semmens (left) and Warren Sanders (right) were on board to cheer on fellow Petty Officer Erica Lower (centre) when she made her 50th donation recently at the Regent Blood Donor Centre.

Overcoming a fear of needles and blood has allowed one Senior Sailor to become a regular donor of blood and plasma, and recently achieved her 50th donation.

Navy stress-tests basketball champions

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Brad Darvill (author)

The Perth Wildcats Basketball Team in front of the helicopter fire trainer at the School of Ship's Safety and Survivability during the team's visit to HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

The Perth Wildcats Basketball Team in front of the helicopter fire trainer at the School of Ship's Safety and Survivability during the team's visit to HMAS Stirling.

Like a crew of ‘buccaneers’, the blindfolded Perth Wildcats basketball team ‘walked the plank’ then navigated through hoops of a different kind during teamwork and leadership skills training - Navy’s way.

'Strait' to careers as boatswains

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

 Able Seaman Edmund Tomsana with family members during HMAS Darwin's brief visit en-route to Operation MANITOU early 2016. Seaman Bosun's Mate  Dalamatia Tomsana is 4th from the left.    (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Able Seaman Edmund Tomsana with family members during HMAS Darwin's brief visit en-route to Operation MANITOU early 2016. Seaman Bosun's Mate Dalamatia Tomsana is 4th from the left.

A small gesture by the ship’s company of HMAS Darwin back in 2016 has reaped rewards for the Navy and brought back fond memories as she transited the Torres Strait recently. 

At home on the range

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76mmn Proof Firing at West Head Gunnery Range.
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76mmn Proof Firing at West Head Gunnery Range.

Occupying an area of about 16 hectares on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, West Head Gunnery Range is one of the world’s few remaining shore-to-sea live firing training sites. With its location comes some difficulty in accessing services that most Navy personnel have at hand – the answer, taking them to the Range.

Lucky number 13,000 on Young Endeavour

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Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe with the 13,000th young Australian to sail on STS Young Endeavour, Mr Grant Crowley.  (photo: Unknown)

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe with the 13,000th young Australian to sail on STS Young Endeavour, Mr Grant Crowley.

Almost 30 years on from her arrival in Australia, Navy’s sail training ship Young Endeavour has welcomed her 13,000th youth crew member, with 20-year-old Grant Cowley from Margate in Queensland the young Australian to benefit from the milestone voyage.

Donating blood – a powerful gift

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, and Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, RAN, with (L-R) Ms Susan Mungwana, Ms Daniela Niv, and Ms Gina Tracy from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at the Chaplain's BBQ and Australian Red Cross Blood Drive information session held at the Off Watch Centre, HMAS Stirling.  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, and Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland, RAN, with (L-R) Ms Susan Mungwana, Ms Daniela Niv, and Ms Gina Tracy from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at the Chaplain's BBQ and Australian Red Cross Blood Drive information session held at the Off Watch Centre, HMAS Stirling.

HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, used the aroma from a sausage sizzle to lure potential blood donors to the local launch of the 2017 Defence Blood Challenge.

Penguin meets namesake

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

L-R Leading Seaman Medic Sarah Mclaughlan, Leading Seaman Medic Olivia Mortlock and Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell ADC, RAN, inspect the penguins living at Sydney Aquarium.  (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

L-R Leading Seaman Medic Sarah Mclaughlan, Leading Seaman Medic Olivia Mortlock and Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell ADC, RAN, inspect the penguins living at Sydney Aquarium.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin came face-to-face with a ‘waddle’ of penguins in Sydney, as part of celebrations for the base’s 75th anniversary.

A turtle-y awesome rescue

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Couch (author), LSCIS Fane Cokanauto (photographer)

Franklin the Turtle and HMAS Childers Executive Officer Lieutenant Danielle Couch on their way back to Darwin.  (photo: LSCIS Fane Cokanauto)

Franklin the Turtle and HMAS Childers Executive Officer Lieutenant Danielle Couch on their way back to Darwin.

The crew of patrol boat, HMAS Childers stuck their necks out for a marine friend when they rescued an injured green sea turtle off the coast of the Tiwi Islands recently.

Community contributes to survey success

Published on by SBLT Dean Gilbert (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.  (photo: Unknown)

Members of ship's company from HMA Ships Shepparton and Benalla ashore to conduct a community engagement activity in Warruwi Primary School, Arnhem Land.

Survey operations near the Goulburn Islands, 300 kilometres east of Darwin, has provided an opportunity to engage with a remote local community.

Navy walkers support community

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Dave Dawes (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017 (photo: Unknown)

Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia Leading the Walk a Mile In My Boots 2017

Adelaide-based Royal Australian Navy personnel were out in force on a cold winter’s morning in support of the Hutt Street Centre’s ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ campaign.