Section: People

International Women’s Day prompts reflection at NHQ Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author), LS Brooke Oram (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey. (photo: LS Brooke Oram)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey.

International Women’s Day was celebrated last Friday at Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks with a barbecue organised by Navy Headquarters Tasmania.

Royal Australian Navy mourns the passing of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd) (photo: Unknown)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd)

The life and service of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd) was commemorated at his funeral service, held at the Garden Island (Sydney) chapel on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Naval Officer leads the way for women, peace and security in Afghanistan

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security was reconised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security was reconised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra.

Captain Jennifer Wittwer, originally from Sydney, has marked her 33rd anniversary since joining the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service with a presentation at Monash University this week, in the lead up to International Women’s Day on Saturday.

Sydney's Marine Technicians awarded for excellence

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

The Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (Centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team, of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul (From Left) Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (Centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team, of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul (From Left) Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett.

The Marine Technician Champions of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge were awarded their prize last week, during a presentation at Fleet Support Unit - South East.

Navy appoints first female Command Warrant Officer

Published on by LEUT Kate Mathias (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN presents Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan with her Command Warrant Officers badge at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN presents Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan with her Command Warrant Officers badge at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Warrant Officer (WO) Jo Jordan was selected as the Command Warrant Officer – Divisional System (CWO-DS) and took up the role in January 2014. This appointment distinguishes her as one of four senior Warrant Officers supporting the Warrant Officer of the Navy, and also as the first female appointed as a Tier C Warrant Officer in the RAN.

Three decades and still going strong

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10 inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10 inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk.

Burnie boy, Scott Revell, has travelled the world with the Royal Australian Navy but the Chief Petty Officer always enjoys returning home to Tasmania.

Career with a difference

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Adam Hoskinson on HMAS Tobruk's Flight Deck. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Adam Hoskinson on HMAS Tobruk's Flight Deck.

Petty Officer Adam Hoskinson is an Information Technology manager with a difference. You won't find him working in a standard office with a city outlook; instead Adam enjoys an ever-changing ocean view.

Tasmanian swaps the supermarket for a career at sea

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk.

Seaman Bradley Spinks swapped his job stacking the supermarket shelves for a career at sea - and couldn’t be happier with his decision.

Wynnum sailor makes it three for three

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for Milan 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for Milan 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region.

Wynnum local Christian Duncan was following in the footsteps of his two brothers, who serve in the Navy and Air Force, when he joined the Navy in 2008. Making the decision to join the Navy fulfilled the wishes of his late father, who always wanted all three sons to join the Australian Defence Force.

Sailor turns gap year into career

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike onboard HMAS Childers with various navies alongside for Milan 2014, a maritime activity in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, India. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike onboard HMAS Childers with various navies alongside for Milan 2014, a maritime activity in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, India.

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike and her ship mates onboard HMAS Childers, an Armidale Class Patrol Boat, are returning home from Kirsty's first overseas deployment with the Navy.