Section: People

Expectations meet capability in support role

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Members of Fleet Base West's Port Services stand ready to fasten lines as Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), HMAS Adelaide, enters Fremantle Harbour for the first time to dock alongside the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia.

Acquiring the skills to provide ports services to over half of the Navy's major warships and submarines was a rapid learning experience for one sailor at HMAS Stirling.

 

Proud to secure for the future

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor (Underwater) Jason Rise is the Assistant Command Security Officer at HMAS Stirling.

Maintaining and improving HMAS Stirling’s security measures is a moving target that requires a ‘firm-grip and clear mind’ as base occupants increase to support future capabilities, and protect the nation's elite servicemen and women.

 

Shipmates rally around deceased sailor’s daughter

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Steve Dunning (author and photographer)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia,  Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death. (photo: CMDR Steve Dunning)

Ms Chloe Humphreys (centre) holds her late father, Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae's Australian Defence Medal alongside Commanding Officer Navy Headquarters South Australia, Commander Andrew Burnett, with several of her father's ex-shipmate (left to right) John Hawthorn, Rick Palm, Peter Rae, Leanne Hall and Daryl Lockwood after accepting the ADM at a ceremony at the Marion Returned and Services League club to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

It’s been 30 years since Adelaide woman Chloe Humphreys lost her father Able Seaman Quartermaster Gunner Gordon Shane Rae to a tragic motor vehicle accident shortly after drafting to his first ship, but the Navy family hasn’t forgotten his service to the nation.

 

Supporting service through parenthood

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Warrant Officer Graeme Gibney, of the Personnel Support Unit - ACT, presents a teddy bear to Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Sara Korevaar van der Meer and her family. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Graeme Gibney, of the Personnel Support Unit - ACT, presents a teddy bear to Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Sara Korevaar van der Meer and her family.

For Navy parents, maternity and paternity leave can often be a period of disconnection from a strong team environment. Since 2012 the network of Navy’s Personnel Support Units has tried to bridge the gap, providing a community for new parents across the nation.

Don't mind the Gap Year

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Zachary Davis at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Zachary Davis at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

Navy’s 'try before you buy' program provided experiences a lifetime which are now the basis for a career in electronic warfare for one sailor.

 

Festive fund relief for Navy personnel

Published on by CAPT Lisa Batchler (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Mr Lakesh Sundar and Deputy Chair Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund, Captain Lisa Batchler process the Christmas loan funds to be issued.

It was a jolly day in the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund Office on 5 December, when the staff hit the button to pay out $377,000 in interest free Christmas Loans to Navy personnel. 

Solo operator meets the challenge

Published on by CPOB Tony Martin (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Mathew Tickner onboard HMAS Mermaid. (photo: CPOB Anthony Martin)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Mathew Tickner onboard HMAS Mermaid.

For Able Seaman Mathew Tickner, being the only Communication and Information Specialist on the survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid is a challenge he is ready and willing to accept.

From property to port

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman James Jenkins is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Photographing houses for a living to manning a ship’s operations room is a massive career leap, and has been achieved through chasing a career with multiple opportunities.

 

‘Eyes and ears’ determined and ready to shine

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Adeel Patel at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Adeel Patel at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The lure of an adventurous and an unrivalled career was enough motivation for a recruit to ‘pull out all the stops’ before heading to HMAS Cerberus for the 11 weeks of Recruit School.

 

Finals for FFG champion

Published on by LEUT Elizabeth Ringrose-Voase (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

A love of fast cars, fast bikes, gas turbines, and warships wouldn’t normally correlate with a desk job, but for Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally, it  led to her being recognised as a finalist in the 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards.