Section: People

After 42 years, he’s out…almost

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Kayla Jackson (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Rod Waites retires after 43 years service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: LSIS Kayla Jackson)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Rod Waites retires after 43 years service in the Royal Australian Navy.

On Good Friday this year, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Rod Waites will be leaving the Permanent Navy after 42 years of service. However his only plans for retirement so far are to “do a bit of Reserve time.” 

 

Coonawarra Chaplain helps evacuees during Top End floods

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Chaplain Barry Porter, RANR, at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Chaplain Barry Porter, RANR, at HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin.

A Navy Chaplain was quick to offer help when flood waters forced the evacuation of almost 350 people from remote communities in the Northern Territory recently.

Rankin commits ashes to sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABET Grahame Kelaher (photographer)

HMAS Rankin's crew on the submarine's casing for the committal at sea ceremony for Leading Seaman Auxiliary Technician Alfred John James Meek, Chief Petty Officer Patrick Brian John Toogood and Able Seaman Patrick Anthony Robert Heffernan in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia. (photo: ABET Grahame Kelaher)

HMAS Rankin's crew on the submarine's casing for the committal at sea ceremony for Leading Seaman Auxiliary Technician Alfred John James Meek, Chief Petty Officer Patrick Brian John Toogood and Able Seaman Patrick Anthony Robert Heffernan in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia.

Members from HMAS Rankin, the Collins Class submarine based in Western Australia, recently conducted the scattering of ashes of three former Royal Navy submariners.

 

Swapping binoculars for microscope

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Danielle Brodie (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Luke Le Grand has become Navy’s first ever Scientific Research Officer, posted to the Army-led Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. (photo: LEUT Danielle Brodie)

Lieutenant Luke Le Grand has become Navy’s first ever Scientific Research Officer, posted to the Army-led Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane.

Lieutenant Luke Le Grand has become Navy’s first ever Scientific Research Officer, posted to the Army led Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. The institute is a world-recognised centre for malaria research and training, with a mission to ensure that Australian Defence Force personnel have the best possible protection against malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

Navy veteran calls time on 38 year career

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, presented Chief Petty Officer Clark with the Gold Discharge Medallion after 38 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, presented Chief Petty Officer Clark with the Gold Discharge Medallion after 38 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Chief Petty Officer Communications Information Systems Alan “Nobby” Clark has closed the door on his illustrious 38-year Permanent Navy career. A familiar face to anyone who has spent time at HMAS Stirling and in ships based at Fleet Base West, Chief Clark will still occasionally be around the base in a Reserve capacity.

 

New Senior Naval Officer for Victoria

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen, RAN, CSC, (right) hands over the duty of Senior Naval Officer Victoria to Commodore Greg Yorke, RAN. (photo: LEUT Ryan Zerbe)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen, RAN, CSC, (right) hands over the duty of Senior Naval Officer Victoria to Commodore Greg Yorke, RAN.

Commodore Greg Yorke has assumed the role Senior Naval Officer Victoria (SNO-VIC), accepting responsibilities from Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen.

 

Women are team players in the Navy's future

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Brittany Abel on HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER. (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Brittany Abel on HMAS Canberra during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8th March, is the global day recognising the economic, political and social achievements of women. For women in the Navy who make up approximately 21% of the full-time RAN workforce, it is not just another day at sea or ashore but also a day to take pride in their duties and reflect on their role in Navy.

 

Moreton embraces resilience development

Published on by ABML-P Caitlyn Motum (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members from HMAS Moreton enjoy a breather after a hike through Kondalilla National Park in south east Queensland. (photo: Unknown)

Members from HMAS Moreton enjoy a breather after a hike through Kondalilla National Park in south east Queensland.

Team building and resilience was the theme for Navy members from HMAS Moreton and surrounding outstations as they recently participated in a range of outdoor activities.

 

Navy speaks with indigenous engineering candidates

Published on by LEUT Luke Marconi (author), Indigenous Australian Engineering School (photographer)

Commodore Colin Dagg and Lieutenant Luke Marconi talking to Indigenous Australian Engineering School students. (photo: Indigenous Australian Engineering School)

Commodore Colin Dagg and Lieutenant Luke Marconi talking to Indigenous Australian Engineering School students.

Director Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, has presented on his experiences in Navy, including Defence Force career options for engineers, to indigenous students.

 

AMWC adopts the Infants' Home

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Robert Rudge (author), Unknown (photographer)

The AMWC painting team at Rigby House, The Infants’ Home. From left: Anne-Maree Byrne (TIH), MAJ James Cook, LCDR Robert Rudge, CMDR Darron Rowe, LCDR Chris Straughan, CMDR Cindy Jenkins, CMDR Karl Brinckmann and Elizabeth Robinson (CEO). (photo: )

The AMWC painting team at Rigby House, The Infants’ Home. From left: Anne-Maree Byrne (TIH), MAJ James Cook, LCDR Robert Rudge, CMDR Darron Rowe, LCDR Chris Straughan, CMDR Cindy Jenkins, CMDR Karl Brinckmann and Elizabeth Robinson (CEO).

The Australian Maritime Warfare Centre (AMWC), commanded by Captain Guy Holthouse, has adopted ‘The Infants’ Home’, headquartered at Ashfield in Sydney as the new unit charity.