Section: People

Childcare support service ongoing

Published on by Department of Defence (author)

Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Leading Seaman Emily Bridge with her husband Cameron and son Hunter moments before embarking in HMAS Newcastle for departure to the Middle East region.

Navy people and their families facing the daunting task of finding childcare, or before and after school care, can now get a helping hand from a dedicated team the Defence Community Organisation.

Communicator coordinates in the Middle East

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Commander Communication Information Systems Ted Cummins at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Thousands of defence personnel from across the world are working to stop piracy and illegal drug trafficking in the Middle East region – among those is Commander Ted Cummins.

Industry outplacement increases capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author), ABATV Kieren Whiteley (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney. (photo: ABATV Kieren Whiteley)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Ryan Scott measures a bore for a mine hunter generator at Wartsila Australia in Huntingwood, Sydney.

The organisation providing maintenance, repair and refurbishment services to the fleet is embarking on a new program to raise the skill and capability of its workforce by engaging the support of private industry.

Combined experience supports operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Terrence Garside at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Terrence Garside at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

Forty years ago, a seaman was pushing aircraft around a flight deck as a 17-year-old, and the idea of one day becoming a Commander within Aviation seemed like an impossible dream.

Systems sailor navigates I-sea-T

Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ray Vance (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.  (photo: SGT Ray Vance)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Communications and Information Sailor Timothy Hall at Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain.

While the bulk of the Australian Navy presence in the Middle East region is patrolling the region’s waters in the frigate, HMAS Newcastle, one Petty Officer’s job is to keep the communications links on point from ashore in United States Navy headquarters in Manama, Bahrain.

More on offer than prayers

Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017. (photo: Jay Cronan)

Director-General Chaplaincy Navy PCHA Collin Acton speaks about the Chaplaincy Reporting Tool, that was launched in January 2017.

Seeking chaplaincy support, counsel and assessment is much more common than you might think. Navy chaplains have, for the first time, started recording the numbers of people seeking advice and counsel – and from those records, it’s clear the issues that concern serving personnel are common.

Newcastle’s operationally deployed dads

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Electronics Technician Anthony Adams holds a picture of his new born son Cameron onboard HMAS Newcastle in the Middle East Region.

More than 1,700 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed in the Middle East on operations this Father’s Day – and amongst those who are fathers and grandfathers, 10 have just become new dads.

Navy farewells veteran of four decades

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commander Trevor Widdison, RAN, spends his last day of service at HMAS Coonawarra after 40 years in the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy bid fair winds and following seas to Commander Trevor Widdison during a farewell ceremony at Larrakeyah Defence Precinct in Darwin recently.

Navy and Prodrive Australia fast track learning

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), LCDR Don Hogarth (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards works on one of the Prodrive Australia cars during his posting to the Supercars team. (photo: LCDR Don Hogarth)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards works on one of the Prodrive Australia cars during his posting to the Supercars team.

A long interest in motorsports has served Able Seaman Electronics Technician Mark Richards well in his current posting to V8 Supercars team, Prodrive. 

Helping keep Defence riders safe

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August. (photo: Unknown)

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.

Australian Defence Force motorcyclists can now benefit from Defence-funded road rider training with the launch of the new RideSAFE program on 11 August.