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Labuan lives on through Lakekamu

Published on by Department of Defence (author), PNGDF MIDN Poliap M’Buleau (photographer)

HMPNGS Lakekamu berthed in the Lakekamu River and traditionally dressed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony as locals take the time to conduct a tour and inspect the ship. (photo: MIDN Poliap M’Buleau, PNGDF)

HMPNGS Lakekamu berthed in the Lakekamu River and traditionally dressed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony as locals take the time to conduct a tour and inspect the ship.

The former HMAS Labuan has proven to be a popular attraction and dedicated workhorse in her new role as part of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Support to surf events no challenge

Published on by PO Richard Gorey (author and photographer)

Team Navy at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition. (photo: )

Team Navy at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition.

The rainy weather did nothing to dampen spirits at the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Competition recently as the Royal Australian Navy provided support for the competition where crews used various surf skills in short races that made for thrilling spectating and tight finishes.

Rugby teams shine at National 7s Championship

Published on by LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), Saa Imaging (photographer)

SMN Thomas Hiramatsu of HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: Saa Imaging)

SMN Thomas Hiramatsu of HMAS Coonawarra.

Two Australian Defence Force Rugby Union Teams are celebrating successful campaigns at the Australian Rugby National Sevens Championships recently, with the women’s team finishing in seventh place and the men’s team an impressive third place.

Defence physical trainers offer fitness advice post-Christmas

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

STOCK IMAGE: Members of HMAS Cerberus competing in the Spartan Warrior Fitness Challenge. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

STOCK IMAGE: Members of HMAS Cerberus competing in the Spartan Warrior Fitness Challenge.

The Christmas / New year holiday period has been a time to enjoy sleeping in, visit friends and family and, for many of us, ditch the healthy eating and exercise habits we normally adhere too. If this is the case, a more relaxed approach does not have to send you spiralling down a weight-gain and fitness-loss tunnel of doom.

Sailor tackles more than rugby on international tour

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Peter Croce (author)

Leading Seaman Alex Wilson participated in the Australian Stockman Rugby's tour of New Zealand and Argentina. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Alex Wilson participated in the Australian Stockman Rugby's tour of New Zealand and Argentina.

Playing rugby with former Wallabies and learning about mental health have been the highlights of Leading Seaman Aircraft Technician Avionics Alex Wilson’s tour of Argentina and New Zealand with the Australian Stockman Rugby Union.

Check safe - weapons proficient

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Bambabas Dewis at the Weapons Training Simulation System located at Duntroon, Canberra. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Bambabas Dewis at the Weapons Training Simulation System located at Duntroon, Canberra.

A key component of the Navy mission to fight and win at sea, is for certain personnel to always be proficient in weapons handling and operation.

Coonawarra prepares for cyclone season

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander Viktor Pilicic, RAN, (right) collects rubbish with Seaman Gap Year Courtney Goode during a pre-cyclone season clean-up day.

The Royal Australian Navy in Darwin knows too well the devastation of a cyclone. In the early hours of Christmas Day in 1974, Cyclone Tracy ripped HMAS Arrow from her mooring in Darwin Harbour and dashed the patrol boat against Stokes Hill Wharf. Two sailors were killed.

Life's work dedicated to finding the men of HMAS AE1

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mr Bayden Findlay (photographer)

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN(Rtd) reciting the naval ode at the commemorative service over the final resting place of HMAS AE1. (photo: Bayden Findlay)

Rear Admiral Peter Briggs AO CSC RAN(Rtd) reciting the naval ode at the commemorative service over the final resting place of HMAS AE1.

The former Royal Australian Navy senior officer who has made finding HMAS AE1 his life's work says he will remember the moment the submarine was finally found off PNG this week with mixed emotions.

New image sheds new light on AE1's final resting place

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), Fugro Surveying Services (photographer)

image of HMAS AE1 compiled with information gathered using a multi-beam echo-sounder which conducted a bathymetric survey using a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle (photo: Fugro)

image of HMAS AE1 compiled with information gathered using a multi-beam echo-sounder which conducted a bathymetric survey using a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle

This haunting new image of the Royal Australian Navy’s first submarine HMAS AE1 is providing researchers with valuable new clues about the final moments of the boat and her 35 crew.

Ready to support the disaster season

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

MRH90 pilot Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod says members of 808 Squadron are ready to respond at short notice over the Christmas and New Year period. (photo: )

MRH90 pilot Lieutenant Commander Colin McLeod says members of 808 Squadron are ready to respond at short notice over the Christmas and New Year period.

While many personnel are enjoying well-earned family time over the Christmas/New Year period, some members of 808 Squadron at HMAS Albatross will be on alert as the Operational Readiness Squadron for this period.