Section: People

Technically taming Taipans

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Daile Tomkinson on the ramp of an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Helicopter on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Daile Tomkinson on the ramp of an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Helicopter on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

Maintaining a helicopter that can fly up to 300 kilometres per hour and still take off weighing more than 10,000 kilograms fully loaded is the core business of some of Navy’s technical sailors.

Perpetual awards for aviators efforts

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Since 1992, the Partington Shield has been awarded annually in recognition of excellence in the support of naval aviation by both service and  civilian personnel at HMAS Albatross.
This award, which honors the legacy of former Albatross Commanding  Officer, the late Commodore Robert Partington, was presented to Lieutenant Jodie  Turkenberg, Flight Support Officer with 816 Squadron.
 (photo: Unknown)

Since 1992, the Partington Shield has been awarded annually in recognition of excellence in the support of naval aviation by both service and  civilian personnel at HMAS Albatross. This award, which honors the legacy of former Albatross Commanding  Officer, the late Commodore Robert Partington, was presented to Lieutenant Jodie  Turkenberg, Flight Support Officer with 816 Squadron.

Late last year the best of naval aviation were recognised with a range of new awards reflecting the complexity and capability of the Fleet Air Arm.

Football and food Armada-style

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with chef Jarrad Powell and apprentice Noah De Souza from Rustico Tapas and Bar in Rockingham, for a small master-class run by Rustico Tapas and Bar in the galley onboard ESPS Cristobal Colon. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Australian and Spanish Navy Chefs come together with chef Jarrad Powell and apprentice Noah De Souza from Rustico Tapas and Bar in Rockingham, for a small master-class run by Rustico Tapas and Bar in the galley onboard ESPS Cristobal Colon.

The arrival at Fleet Base West of the Spanish Armada’s ESPS Christobal Colon to participate in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 2017 has provided an ideal opportunity for the showcasing of two great Spanish loves - football and food.

Year of firsts for Albatross sailor

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016  Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler has been named the HMAS Albatross Sailor of the Year for 2016.

Cook's heroic sacrifice saved many

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Leading Seaman Francis Emms, heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin harbour. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Francis Emms, heroically fought back during the attack on Darwin harbour.

While Australians paused to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin recently, there was a particular Australian Navy sailor whose actions on 19 February 1942 were keenly remembered.

Aviation world farewells regular

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After a 20 year career in the APS; of which 17 years was at Training Authority-Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service. (photo: Unknown)

After a 20 year career in the APS; of which 17 years was at Training Authority-Aviation, Mrs Frances Johnson has decided to retire from the Australian Public Service.

The bustling reception area at Training Authority Aviation headquarters will not be the same without the very familiar face of office-mainstay Mrs Frances Johnson. 

'Thorough' sailor visits Dechaineux

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Mr Robert Pitman with Dechaineux’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine. (photo: Unknown)

Mr Robert Pitman with Dechaineux’s Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a recent visit to the submarine.

Descending the ladder into a submarine was no trouble for Royal Navy veteran, 92-year old Robert Pitman, when the spritely nonagenarian visited HMAS Dechaineux alongside her home port in Western Australia recently.

Captain aims for an equal future

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(From left to right) Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning (Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor) and Captain Stacey Porter (Senior Gender Advisor) meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden (Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy) during a visit to ANAOA. (photo: Major Sarah Hutchinson)

(From left to right) Lieutenant Colonel Donna Fanning (Ministry of Defence Gender Advisor) and Captain Stacey Porter (Senior Gender Advisor) meet with Brigadier Ian Rigden (Chief Mentor Afghan National Army Officer Academy) during a visit to ANAOA.

Ensuring a future for women in the workplace in Afghanistan comes with challenges one Navy officer is aiming to meet.

Keeping it in the Navy family

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

The new Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, CMDR Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita, father LCDR David Sutherland, and brother CHAP James Sutherland, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

The new Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux, CMDR Daniel Sutherland, RAN, stands with his wife Rita, father LCDR David Sutherland, and brother CHAP James Sutherland, after a command supersession on HMAS Dechaineux at Fleet Base West.

They say Navy is like one big family but when it comes to three people in the west it’s more a case of a family within a family.

Ongoing health support continues

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(L-R) CPL Chris May, MAJGEN Mark Kelly (Retd) of the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, AVM Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Michael Strong, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne on the 3rd of February, 2017. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

(L-R) CPL Chris May, MAJGEN Mark Kelly (Retd) of the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force, AVM Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health, Michael Strong, and the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery trial in Melbourne on the 3rd of February, 2017.

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service celebrated its 35th birthday on 29 January this year – one of many support services available to serving and former serving Defence personnel.