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Midshipman celebrates his 18th birthday at sea

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), SGT Emma Franklin (photographer)

Midshipman Lachlan Marsh, who celebrated his 18th birthday in HMAS Tobruk, on the bridge wing of the ship as it crossed the equator on 23 November 2013. (photo: SGT Emma Franklin)

Midshipman Lachlan Marsh, who celebrated his 18th birthday in HMAS Tobruk, on the bridge wing of the ship as it crossed the equator on 23 November 2013.

Crossing the equator aboard an Australian warship is how one former St Patrick’s College - Shornecliffe student spent his 18th birthday.

Christmas construction for kids

Published on by SBLT Mitchell Vines (author), CPOET Graeme Cruikshank (photographer), PO Jeremy Bowman (photographer)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company participate on a working bee at The Hunter Orthopaedic School. (photo: PO Jeremy Bowman)

Members of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company participate on a working bee at The Hunter Orthopaedic School.

Volunteers from HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company got into the Christmas spirit and recently spent two days taking part in a working bee at their ship’s charity, the Newcastle Senior School, formerly The Hunter Orthopaedic School.

Teamwork a winner at Navy Boot Camp

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOMUSN Danny Mulheron (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Students from schools across Victoria experience the leak stop and repair facility at HMAS Cerberus in the Royal Australian Navy during their Naval Gazing Secondary Schools Boot Camp. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Students from schools across Victoria experience the leak stop and repair facility at HMAS Cerberus in the Royal Australian Navy during their Naval Gazing Secondary Schools Boot Camp.

The Navy Community Engagement Program - Victoria hosted the annual Naval Gazing Secondary Schools Boot Camp at HMAS Cerberus from 3-5 December 2013.

Navy donates hundreds of food items to the needy

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN and Chief Executive Officer Foodbank NSW, Gerry Andersen with the donations provided by ship's company of HMAS Kuttabul for a food drive held in conjunction with Foodbank NSW. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, RAN and Chief Executive Officer Foodbank NSW, Gerry Andersen with the donations provided by ship's company of HMAS Kuttabul for a food drive held in conjunction with Foodbank NSW.

In the spirit of Christmas, Navy personnel and their families from across the Fleet have donated hundreds of food items for redistribution via welfare groups to the community’s poorest and most needy members.

‘Tis the season

Published on by PO Brett Donovan (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne Detachment performs at the  Kingston City Council Christmas Carols held at the  Peter Scullin Reserve on the Mordialloc beachfront, Victoria. (photo: ABIS Dove Smithett)

The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne Detachment performs at the Kingston City Council Christmas Carols held at the Peter Scullin Reserve on the Mordialloc beachfront, Victoria.

The Melbourne detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band got into the spirit of Christmas recently by supporting the annual Carols by the Bay concert held at the Peter Scullin Reserve in Melbourne.

Albatross gives Men’s Shed a flying start to 2014

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presents, from left, Kevin Camm, John Wasskiw, Frank Eyck and Keven Renneberg of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with the proceeds of the 2013 ‘Tour the T’ at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

HMAS Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Gordon Andrew presented representatives of the Nowra Veterans and Community Men’s Shed with a cheque for $600, which will assist the Nowra Men’s Shed in their aim to improve men’s health and well-being by creating opportunities for social interaction among men and raising awareness of men’s health issues.

Base support chief awarded Fleet Commander’s Commendation at Creswell

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Mr Tim Went, Site Manager HMAS Creswell, Serco-Sodexo Defence Services, receives his Fleet Commander Bronze Commendation from Captain Brett Chandler, Commanding Officer HMAS Creswell, surrounded by Navy, APS and Contract staff. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)

Mr Tim Went, Site Manager HMAS Creswell, Serco-Sodexo Defence Services, receives his Fleet Commander Bronze Commendation from Captain Brett Chandler, Commanding Officer HMAS Creswell, surrounded by Navy, APS and Contract staff.

The chefs stopped cooking, the cleaners upped and left, the fire-station seemed eerily quiet and phones were left unanswered across HMAS Creswell recently - but the Serco Sodexho Defence Services (SSDS) Site Manager, Tim Went, shouldn’t have worried because his staff were only stopping to acknowledge the efforts of their boss.

Shoalhaven students set to soar

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Rob Crawford (photographer)

The LongLook vocational program students following their graduation. (photo: Mr Rob Crawford)

The LongLook vocational program students following their graduation.

Seven Shoalhaven students delivered a presentation on the complexities of Bernoulli’s Principle, the Dissymmetry of Lift and Anti-torque to an audience of teachers, careers advisers, Navy personnel, and their families as part of their graduation from LongLook, an intensive naval aviation vocational program for high school students run by HMAS Albatross.

Navy recognised for affecting positive cultural change

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen (right) and Captain Mark Hill with the ACT Government Partners in Prevention Award, presented to the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen (right) and Captain Mark Hill with the ACT Government Partners in Prevention Award, presented to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy’s efforts to stamp out violence against women and effect positive cultural change were recognised last week at the ACT Government’s Partners in Prevention Awards.

Season's greetings for operational sailors

Published on by LSET Luke Adams (author)

Year 1 students and Principal Lee MacMaster of St Andrew's with members of HMAS Cairns and Ardent Crews collecting season's greetings for sailors on operations over Christmas. (photo: Unknown)

Year 1 students and Principal Lee MacMaster of St Andrew's with members of HMAS Cairns and Ardent Crews collecting season's greetings for sailors on operations over Christmas.

Students from Saint Andrew’s Catholic College in Cairns have given a special gift to the men and women from Cairns-based Fleet Units who will be serving at sea over the Christmas period this year.