The Royal Australian Navy’s Community Engagement Program in the Northern Territory achieved a number of key milestones throughout 2016, aimed at bringing Navy people out into the community.
Late in 2016 during a busy Sea Qualification Trial the crew of HMAS Anzac still found time to join together in support of White Ribbon and the 'stick your neck out' campaign.
Navy personnel at HMAS Cerberus have presented a cheque for more than $31,000 to the Defence Community Dogs program, which supports the training of therapy dogs to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In mid-December, naval engineering officer Lieutenant Commander Chris Maxworthy had the pleasure of a trip down memory lane, whilst taking time out to recognise students making memories of their own.
The 2016/17 season of the Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League is well underway with the first events taking place in November and continuing through the summer.
HMAS Harman hosted its annual Christmas party for Defence families in capital and surrounds - bringing a bit of fun to the start of the holiday season.
Naval aviators on the south coast of New South Wales have donated time and funds to a local Shoalhaven charity with personal links to their own squadron.
In far north Queensland, permanent and reserve members from HMAS Cairns have again put in a massive effort to cover the growing number of Long Tan Award requests from regional schools.
The ship’s company of Sydney base, HMAS Penguin and visitors from HMA Ships Watson and Waterhen answered the call from the Red Cross Blood Service for donations on in late November.
On 3 December, the Commanding Officer of Canberra establishment, HMAS Harman, was delighted to be 'across the border' in New South Wales to present a cheque for just over $22,000 to Queanbeyan Legacy.