Section: People

Fitting reward for distinguished performance

Published on by SBLT Ryan Austin-Eames (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Lynzey Lake receives Commendation from Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin. (photo: SBLT Ryan Austin-Eames)

Leading Seaman Lynzey Lake receives Commendation from Commanding Officer HMAS Watson, Captain William Martin.

In an already busy week for Maritime Logistics - Personnel sailor Lynzey Lake, she received a commendation and was promoted to Petty Officer within five minutes of one another.

South Australian commands maritime security task force

Published on by LCDR Ken Browning (author)

Commodore Daryl Bates at Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain. (photo: Unknown)

Commodore Daryl Bates at Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain.

Adelaide-born and bred, Commodore Daryl Bates is currently having great success commanding a maritime security task force in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions.

Navy’s Midshipmen at forefront of maritime robotics

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

RAN Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles (AMCATS) personnel at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston. (From left) Midshipman (MIDN) Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane and MIDN Emily O’Brien.                    (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

RAN Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles (AMCATS) personnel at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Launceston. (From left) Midshipman (MIDN) Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane and MIDN Emily O’Brien.

Three Royal Australian Navy Midshipmen studying for their Bachelor of Engineering at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston are breaking new ground in the design and application of Autonomous Surface and Underwater Vehicles.

Senior sailor recognised for life saving response

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Damien Toohey stands with Petty Officer Maryanne Mills after she received a Navy Silver Level Commendation for saving his life. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Damien Toohey stands with Petty Officer Maryanne Mills after she received a Navy Silver Level Commendation for saving his life.

Petty Officer Maryanne Mills was recently awarded a silver commendation for her quick thinking response, which saved a man’s life last year.

Announcement of Bravery Awards for rescues involving SIEV 221

Published on by Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (author)



 (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)

As Chief of Navy, I welcome the group bravery citation for those Navy, Army and Customs personnel involved in the rescue of survivors from SIEV 221 at Rocky Point, Christmas Island.

Redcliffe girl recognised for operational service

Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL David Cotton (author)

Royal Australian Navy Midshipman Rene Van Rooyen from the Australian Defence Force Academy visits the Wall of Remembrance inside the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  (photo: CPL David Cotton)

Royal Australian Navy Midshipman Rene Van Rooyen from the Australian Defence Force Academy visits the Wall of Remembrance inside the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Queenslander Rene Van Rooyen was recently awarded the Operational Service Medal for Border Protection at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. 

Rodgers clan keeps it in the family

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

(right to left) Lieutenant (LEUT) Chris Rodgers, RAN, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician (CPOMT) Nicole Rodgers and CPOMT Scott Rodgers in front of HMAS Sirius at Fleet Base West. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

(right to left) Lieutenant (LEUT) Chris Rodgers, RAN, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician (CPOMT) Nicole Rodgers and CPOMT Scott Rodgers in front of HMAS Sirius at Fleet Base West.

We often hear about the Australian Defence Force being referred to as ‘a big family’, but for three engineering sailors the Navy really is an extension of their own family.

Women’s group welcomes senior naval officer

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, with Soroptimist International members at a recent event to celebrate International Women’s Day. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond, with Soroptimist International members at a recent event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Angela Bond was recently invited to be guest speaker at a meeting of Soroptimist International in Rockingham, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Success acknowledges International Women’s Day

Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author and photographer)

International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. (Front from left) Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart
(Rear from left) LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.
 (photo: LEUT Vishal Bhakoo)

International Women's Day morning tea on HMAS Success. (Front from left) Leading Seaman (LS) Lantry, Able Seaman (AB) Knight and AB Hart (Rear from left) LS Mullaney, AB Smith, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Winston and CPO Holmes.

Living Navy Values is a clear and consistent message in HMAS Success, and it was in that spirit that the Ship’s Company gathered for a special morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day.

NHQ Tasmania farewells long-serving member

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.  (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania and Navy Reserve Dive Team 10 farewelled Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof this week after he completed a 40-year association with the Australian Defence Force.