Section: People

Navy sailor acknowledged for rendering assistance to motor vehicle accident

Published on by LCDR Mark Tandy (author and photographer)

Seaman Cheryl Sutherland receives a Commanding Officer's Commendation from Commanding Officer Naval Headquarters South Queensland, Commander Peter Tedman.  (photo: LCDR Mark Tandy)

Seaman Cheryl Sutherland receives a Commanding Officer's Commendation from Commanding Officer Naval Headquarters South Queensland, Commander Peter Tedman.

A sailor has been congratulated for her brave actions at the scene of a car accident in Brisbane, which helped to saved one life and minimised the harm caused to another.

US exchange submariners right at home in the west

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

United States Navy personnel (left to right) Senior Chief Petty Officer Shane Finck, Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) Nicholas Graham, Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) James Forsythe, PO2 Christopher Schlegel, PO1 John Robinson, PO1 Beneyam Alemseged, Lieutenant Commander Travis Zettel, USN, (front) PO2 Randall Gentry and PO2 Thomas Oestreich stand in front of the HMAS Oxley 'fin' outside Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling.
 (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

United States Navy personnel (left to right) Senior Chief Petty Officer Shane Finck, Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) Nicholas Graham, Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) James Forsythe, PO2 Christopher Schlegel, PO1 John Robinson, PO1 Beneyam Alemseged, Lieutenant Commander Travis Zettel, USN, (front) PO2 Randall Gentry and PO2 Thomas Oestreich stand in front of the HMAS Oxley 'fin' outside Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling.

For the past couple of years, around ten United States submariners have called Western Australia home. They are part of an Australia-US exchange program that sees personnel from both navies spend time with their overseas counterparts.

Chief of Navy 'On the Record' - Social media commentary by Royal Australian Navy personnel

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Several sailors have had their employment terminated or have been issued with notices of cause for termination for inappropriately using social media. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)

Several sailors have had their employment terminated or have been issued with notices of cause for termination for inappropriately using social media.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has issued an 'on the record' statement, reporting that "several sailors have had their employment terminated or have been issued with notices of cause for termination" for inappropriately using social media. 

Rare achievement for Australian exchange sailor

Published on by US Navy (author), US Navy CTR3 Raul Sanchez (photographer)

Commanding Officer Guided Missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), Commander Frank E. Okata (left), presents Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Chris Boardman his  Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification in the South China Sea. 

(U.S. Navy photo by CTR3 Raul Sanchez/Released) (photo: CTR3 Raul Sanchez)

Commanding Officer Guided Missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), Commander Frank E. Okata (left), presents Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Chris Boardman his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by CTR3 Raul Sanchez/Released)

Commanding Officer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), recently had the rare opportunity of awarding a foreign national his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification. While underway in the South China Sea, Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Chris Boardman was presented his ESWS in front of the USS Pinckney crew.

Bundaberg boy safely navigates Choules through amphibious warfare exercise

Published on by LSIS Paul McCallum (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

File Image: Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon, an Officer of the Watch, plots the position of a ship on the bridge of HMAS Choules during Operation LANDSCAPE in 2013. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)

File Image: Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon, an Officer of the Watch, plots the position of a ship on the bridge of HMAS Choules during Operation LANDSCAPE in 2013.

It's a twenty-four hour a day job keeping the Navy's largest ship on a safe course as a Maritime Warfare Officer onboard HMAS Choules. It is a big responsibility and one that Bundaberg native Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon tackles head on.

New Australian Defence Force command team announced

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Mr Steve Dent (photographer)

The new Australian Defence Force command team at today's announcement of the new guard of senior Australian Defence Force appointments. (L to R) Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO; Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AC; Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN; and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO. (photo: Mr Steve Dent)

The new Australian Defence Force command team at today's announcement of the new guard of senior Australian Defence Force appointments. (L to R) Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO; Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AC; Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN; and Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO.

The Government will recommend to the Governor-General a number of senior Australian Defence Force appointments.

New Chief of Joint Operations announced

Published on by Department of Defence Media Release (author), Mr David McClenaghan (photographer)

Rear Admiral David Johnston. (photo: Mr David McClenaghan)

Rear Admiral David Johnston.

The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, has announced Rear Admiral David Johnston, will succeed Lieutenant General Ash Power as the Chief of Joint Operations Command.

US Army Commendation Medal awarded to Australian Clearance Diver

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents Petty Officer Clearance Diver Glen Petersen with a US Army Commendation Medal during a presentation ceremony held at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN presents Petty Officer Clearance Diver Glen Petersen with a US Army Commendation Medal during a presentation ceremony held at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett recently presented a US Army Commendation Medal to Petty Officer Glen Petersen at HMAS Kuttabul for his meritorious service in Afghanistan last year.

Keeping up with the Joneses

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Christopher Jones and his two sons Leading Seaman (LS) Scott Jones and Leading Seaman (LS) Ryan Jones all work in support of Operation RESOLUTE, the Australian Defence Force contribution to Australia’s Whole of Government civil maritime security effort. Christopher's wife Karen supports border protection operations in a different capacity through her work with Australian Customs and Border Protection. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Christopher Jones and his two sons Leading Seaman (LS) Scott Jones and Leading Seaman (LS) Ryan Jones all work in support of Operation RESOLUTE, the Australian Defence Force contribution to Australia’s Whole of Government civil maritime security effort. Christopher's wife Karen supports border protection operations in a different capacity through her work with Australian Customs and Border Protection.

From Naval warships to Darwin’s airport, the four members of the Jones family have travelled a long way from Adelaide to the Northern Territory, where they currently work together protecting Australia’s borders.

School mates serve together in the Middle East

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

Lieutenant Commander Kent Browning and Lieutenant Jamie Imlay Gillespie at the entrance to the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Kent Browning and Lieutenant Jamie Imlay Gillespie at the entrance to the Combined Maritime Forces Headquarters in Bahrain.

Two school mates are currently deployed together in the Middle East Area of Operations on maritime security operations, 20 years since they met on their first day at Blue Mountains Grammar.