Section: People

The familial ties that bind

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart. (photo: Unknown)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart.

A visit to Hobart by an Australian warship was enough to bring a former Tasmanian lobster fisherman to tears – reflecting on the service of his two sons in the Royal Australian Navy.

Sailor takes a bow

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

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit-West in HMAS Stirling working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit-West in HMAS Stirling working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia.

Enacting a character in a gritty Western Australian 1800s Western feature film is a far cry from maintaining multiple weapon systems onboard Anzac class frigates.

Boarding operations a career goal for Able Seaman

Published on by CPOCSM Matt Jacob (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small preparing to conduct Boarding Party training prior to commencing operations in the Middle East region.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator David Small is a long way from the small banana farm he grew up on in Wamuran, Queensland.

Communications sailor on task in Middle East

Published on by By CPOCIS Adam Bamford (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Sean Perrett coordinates ship movements via morse code on the bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Part of Australia's team in the Middle East region, contributing to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction operations, is a sailor more familiar with patrol boats than frigates.

Canine connection breeds wellbeing

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

Able Seaman Cryptologic-Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs (L-R) Ari and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Able Seaman Cryptologic-Systems Sailor Lisa-Jane Manning with her two French Bulldogs (L-R) Ari and Cade, at the Naval Memorial Park, Rockingham, Western Australia.

Time apart from families due to postings, deployments or training is a routine part of Navy life, and Navy members are increaingly finding that an emphasis on wellbeing helps the team supplement endurance and increase energy.

Arctic Star awarded 75 years on to Navy veteran

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO Martin Grogan (author), SBLT Samuel Penfold (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN,  Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, and Mr Ken Brown a World War II veteran who was presented with a British award - the Arctic Star for service in the areas above the Arctic Circle during World War II. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, and Mr Ken Brown a World War II veteran who was presented with a British award - the Arctic Star for service in the areas above the Arctic Circle during World War II.

During a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus late last year, retired Lieutenant Commander Ken Brown was awarded the Arctic Star for his service north of the Arctic Circle during the Second World War.

ICT leadership recognised with Conspicuous Service Medal

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)

Commander Gemma Pumphrey received a Conspicuous Service Medal for her work in Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.

Commander Gemma Pumphrey has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List for her meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.

Father and son mark a momentous career

This article has photo gallery Published on by By Ms Dallas McMaugh (author)

(R-L) Executive Officer HMAS Adelaide, Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, stands proudly with his father Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel who has just completed 53 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

(R-L) Executive Officer HMAS Adelaide, Commander David Tietzel, CSM, RAN, stands proudly with his father Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel who has just completed 53 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

January was a month of milestones for the Fleet Air Arm’s Quality Assurance Inspector and Auditor, with Warrant Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Colin Tietzel marking not only his 53rd year of service in the Royal Australian Navy, but also his birthday and retirement.

Amphibious assurance honoured

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author)

Commander Richard Westoby briefs troops before conducting M1A1 Abrams battle tank trials onboard HMAS Adelaide. (photo: POIS Paul Mccallum)

Commander Richard Westoby briefs troops before conducting M1A1 Abrams battle tank trials onboard HMAS Adelaide.

Former Royal Marine, Commander Richard Westoby has received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for meritorious service in the field of amphibious warfare development.

Keeping calm under fire saves lives

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author)

Chief Petty Officer Paul Mayer is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal which was presented to him on Australia Day 2017.  (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Chief Petty Officer Paul Mayer is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal which was presented to him on Australia Day 2017.

Chief Petty Officer Medic Paul Mayer has been awarded a Distinguished Service Medal in this year's Australia Day Honours for his remarkable efforts in savings lives during a complex attack on coalition forces in Afghanistan.