Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Command team in longest goodbye

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (author)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)  (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)

The Commanding Officer HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry with the Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Jason O'Gorman (Left), and the Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson (Right)

As HMAS Darwin heads towards being decommissioned in December, her Commanding Officer, Commander Phillip Henry, has the privilege of having served the longest time at the helm.
Commander Henry took command from Captain Terrence Morrison in June 2015 and will complete a two and half years in the top job.

First Lady in Darwin for final visit

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (author)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Darwin comes alongside Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, for the last time before decommissioning in December 2017.

HMAS Darwin has sailed into her namesake port on her final visit after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.

Darwin farewells namesake city

Published on by Department of Defence (author), WO2 Chris Houghton (photographer)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.  (photo: WO2 Chris Houghton)

A tugboat sends off HMAS Darwin from Darwin Harbour for the final time with a water cannon salute.

HMAS Darwin has completed her final port visit to Darwin, farewelling the city by exercising the right to Freedom of Entry and showcasing her capability to thousands of locals.

The show must go on – drill training at sea

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company conduct guard training at sea enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia for an upcoming ceremonial sunset as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17  (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

HMAS Toowoomba ship's company conduct guard training at sea enroute to Jakarta, Indonesia for an upcoming ceremonial sunset as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 17

Traditions of pomp and ceremony still have their place in a modern military – with the self-discipline required being reflected across all parts of Navy life.

Reveille for service and sacrifice

Published on by LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Seaman Brenton Knight is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.  (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)

Seaman Brenton Knight is training to be a Combat Systems Operator at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

Historically, bugles sounded to command the crew of warships, and in this case, the echoes signalled an inspiration to join the Royal Australian Navy.