Section: People

Training next-gen warfighters

Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer)

Eleven junior Warfare Officers under training have embarked on HMAS Darwin for a journey that will take them through the full range of experiences they are likely to encounter on a warship at sea. (photo: LSEW NATHAN STREETER)

Eleven junior Warfare Officers under training have embarked on HMAS Darwin for a journey that will take them through the full range of experiences they are likely to encounter on a warship at sea.

As HMAS Darwin participates in Indo-Pacific Endeavour, she carries with her a group of the Navy’s future leaders.

Lifelong friendships sustained in Timor Leste

This article has photo gallery Published on by LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius from HMAS Adelaide is presented a shaw from Noi, who he has known since he served in Dili, Timor during the INTERFET campaign in 1999. Lieutenant Vergelius had the opportunity to catch up for the first time in 18 years while conducting Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17.  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius from HMAS Adelaide is presented a shaw from Noi, who he has known since he served in Dili, Timor during the INTERFET campaign in 1999. Lieutenant Vergelius had the opportunity to catch up for the first time in 18 years while conducting Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17.

For Lieutenant Andrew Vergelius, the recent delivery into Dili Harbour of a deployable hospital and medical supplies provided the opportunity to renew a friendship which began during the turmoil of Timor Leste’s independence struggle in 1999.

Navigating Middle Eastern Waters

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Stibbard stands on the forecastle of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Maritime Warfare Officer Lieutenant Stibbard stands on the forecastle of HMAS Newcastle while on Operation Manitou in the Middle East region.

Looking after the safety of a 4,000-tonne frigate and her crew as it sails thousands of nautical miles from home may seem like a big job, but it’s all in a day’s work for Lieutenant Shaun Stibbard.

Privileged posting to a powerful ship

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (author)

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar stands on the bridge of NUSHIP Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar stands on the bridge of NUSHIP Hobart alongside Garden Island, Sydney.

Midshipman Emily Tollenaar has only been in the Navy eight months and has already become part of the crew joining the newest addition to the Fleet. 

Youth development voyage inspires career

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

TS Paluma cadet Lachlan Smets onboard STS Young Endeavour (photo: Unknown)

TS Paluma cadet Lachlan Smets onboard STS Young Endeavour

An Australian Navy Cadet from Training Ship Paluma has his eyes firmly focused on a career in Navy as a boatswains mate, having completed a recent voyage on the Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour from Brisbane to Mackay.

Sea-riders enjoy a Darwin experience

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABEW Jackson Ricketts (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Teiah McKee shows Subtenente Bendito Gaspar (F-FDTL) around the bridge onboard HMAS Darwin.  (photo: ABEW Jackson Ricketts)

Sub Lieutenant Teiah McKee shows Subtenente Bendito Gaspar (F-FDTL) around the bridge onboard HMAS Darwin.

Two officers from the Forças de Defesa de Timor Leste, or the Timor Leste Defence Force, were welcomed onboard HMAS Darwin as she sailed from Sydney to Dili, Timor Leste.

Experience earned on exchange

Published on by Department of Defence (author), UK MOD (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Marc Rennie, pictured at the Homecoming of  HMS CHIDDINGFOLD in the UK.

Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Rennie.

Today HMS Chiddingfold returned alongside at HMNB Portsmouth. She was greeted by friends and family of the current serving crew.

Consent Held at FRPU(East). (photo: LPhot Sam Seeley)

Lieutenant Commander Marc Rennie, pictured at the Homecoming of HMS CHIDDINGFOLD in the UK. Pictured is Lieutenant Commander Rennie. Today HMS Chiddingfold returned alongside at HMNB Portsmouth. She was greeted by friends and family of the current serving crew. Consent Held at FRPU(East).

The Royal Australian Navy routinely shares and expands knowledge through a range of personnel exchanges, and for one Australian mine warfare specialist the opportunity to work with the Royal Navy has been without comparison.

From avionics to opportunity to honour

Published on by Dave Devlin (author), CPL Kyle Genner (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Jarryd Capper from Australia's Federation Guard based in Canberra, after a rehearsal for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium.  (photo: CPL Kyle Genner)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Jarryd Capper from Australia's Federation Guard based in Canberra, after a rehearsal for the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium.

A posting to the Australian Defence Force’s ceremonial unit, Australia’s Federation Guard, in Canberra, has fulfilled one sailor’s goal of travelling to parts of the world he believed out of his reach.

Maritime medical mastery in the Middle East

Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Seaman Medical Chelsea Deenan is seen in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Seaman Medical Chelsea Deenan is seen in the sickbay of HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East region.

Working in the sickbay of one of Navy’s warships is no easy task, as Seaman Medic Chelsea Deenen has found out through her deployment to the Middle East on Operation MANITOU.

From bells to baptism for Navy’s chaplaincy

This article has photo gallery Published on by Leading Seaman Lee-Anne Cooper (author and photographer)

As a baby, Damon Jackson was baptised at the HMAS Stirling Chapel in 1997 by Chaplain Robert Graue. The two are now both posted to HMAS Stirling 20 years on and caught up at the Chapel of St Paul at HMAS Stirling to reflect on their past history. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

As a baby, Damon Jackson was baptised at the HMAS Stirling Chapel in 1997 by Chaplain Robert Graue. The two are now both posted to HMAS Stirling 20 years on and caught up at the Chapel of St Paul at HMAS Stirling to reflect on their past history.

The odds of performing a wedding ceremony for a young Navy couple, baptising their son and then sitting next to him to reflect the events 20 years later, is extremely slim, but the Navy is one big family and stranger things have happened.