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Navy a natural choice for North Queensland sailor

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi.

Growing up in Cairns, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lawrence Sabadi's decision to join the Royal Australian Navy was heavily influenced by family members already serving with the Australian Defence Force.

Torres Straits Doctor enjoying Navy career

Published on by LCDR Tracey Bellerby (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

HMAS Darwn's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Beimop Tapim, RAN, conducts a medical check of a member of ships company. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwn's Medical Officer, Lieutenant Beimop Tapim, RAN, conducts a medical check of a member of ships company.

At the age of 18, Lieutenant Beimop ‘BJ’ Tapim joined the Royal Australian Navy from Mer Island, Torres Straits as a Medical Assistant. He followed in the footsteps of his parents both of whom served with the Navy.

Milford recognised for ICT excellence

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Mr Dan Milford from the Royal Australian Navy's Strategic Executive walks Commander John Metzl through the strategic management system that he created for the Navy.


  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Mr Dan Milford from the Royal Australian Navy's Strategic Executive walks Commander John Metzl through the strategic management system that he created for the Navy.

A Navy Strategic Command employee was last night recognised as a finalist in one of the Australian Government’s top awards for outstanding performance in Information and Communications Technology.

Navy crew receive Group Bravery Citation for Queensland flood rescue

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

From Left, Recipients of a Group Citation for Bravery, Petty Officer Nicholas Anderson, Lieutenant Simon Driessen, RAN, Commander Scott Palmer, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Kerwyn Ballico, after an award ceremony at Government House, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

From Left, Recipients of a Group Citation for Bravery, Petty Officer Nicholas Anderson, Lieutenant Simon Driessen, RAN, Commander Scott Palmer, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Kerwyn Ballico, after an award ceremony at Government House, Sydney.

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO, last week presented the crew of a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter with the Group Bravery Citation at Government House, Sydney, in recognition of their exemplary rescue efforts during the 2011 Queensland floods.

Ashes scattered from HMAS Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Stacey Butson (right) scatters the ashes of her grandfather, John Mortimer Butson, with the help of close friend, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bonny Hood, on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin. (photo: Unknown)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Steward Stacey Butson (right) scatters the ashes of her grandfather, John Mortimer Butson, with the help of close friend, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Bonny Hood, on the flight deck of HMAS Darwin.

A sailor has honoured the memory of her grandfather, who served in the Navy during World War II (WWII), with the scattering of his ashes off the east coast of Tanzania from HMAS Darwin.

It was a good Friday for Sub Lieutenant McCluskey

Published on by LEUT Natasha Gavriel (author), ABEW Daniel Rane (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann, presents Sub-Lieutenant Paul Mccluskey his Bridge Warfare Certificate for a Guided Missile Frigate on the bridge of HMAS Sydney. (photo: ABEW Daniel Rane)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann, presents Sub-Lieutenant Paul Mccluskey his Bridge Warfare Certificate for a Guided Missile Frigate on the bridge of HMAS Sydney.

There are many memorable moments in an officer’s naval career, but few come close to the day that a Maritime Warfare Officer receives their Primary Qualification.

HMAS Choules hits new records with "Super SAVO's" 1000

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Choules' Ships Aviation Officer (SAVO) Lieutenant Commander John Sime RAN, reached the milestone of over 1000 Deck Landing Practice (DLPs) flights during Exercise Sea Dawn 2014. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

HMAS Choules' Ships Aviation Officer (SAVO) Lieutenant Commander John Sime RAN, reached the milestone of over 1000 Deck Landing Practice (DLPs) flights during Exercise Sea Dawn 2014.

Thursday night, 10 April 2014, Lieutenant Commander John Sime achieved the milestone of over 1,000 deck landings and launches in one year onboard Choules.

Rain fails to dampen Anzac Day commemorations in Cairns

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, inspects his Ships Company before stepping off for the ANZAC Day March in Carins.  (photo: ABHSO Jolley)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, inspects his Ships Company before stepping off for the ANZAC Day March in Carins.

Braving the cold and rain, Navy members hailing from HMAS Cairns commemorated Anzac Day this year with a dawn service at the Esplanade Cenotaph followed by a parade through the city of Cairns last week.

Warrant Officer Di Cross retires after 43 years in the Navy

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the  Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot RAN.  (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot RAN.

The year 1971 was a big year.  Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match.  John Lennon released “Imagine,” John Newcombe won Wimbledon.  Apollo 15 landed on the moon.
It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the New South Wales mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Navy officer plies trade in Afghanistan

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Alwyn Johnson on deployment at the Headquarters 633-A in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger             )

Lieutenant Commander Alwyn Johnson on deployment at the Headquarters 633-A in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Exeter’s Alwyn Johnson is the sole Navy officer working in the Australian headquarters of landlocked Afghanistan for Operation SLIPPER.