Topic: Ceremony and Traditions

Mum's visit a smashing success

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Darwin Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker, Commissioning Lady Joan Johnston, Ship’s Warrant Officer Jack Parnell and Navigating Officer Lieutenant Scott Benstead. (photo: Unknown)

Darwin Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Parker, Commissioning Lady Joan Johnston, Ship’s Warrant Officer Jack Parnell and Navigating Officer Lieutenant Scott Benstead.

 One commissioning lady has taken more than a passing interest in her ship over three decades since she smashed a bottle of champagne against the hull of a newly commissioned warship.

Young Endeavour homecoming for Commanding Officer

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Out-going CO STS Young Endeavour, LCDR Gavin Dawe OAM, RAN (right), hands over the Weight to in-coming CO, LCDR Michael Gough RAN, during a change of command ceremony onboard the sail training ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Out-going CO STS Young Endeavour, LCDR Gavin Dawe OAM, RAN (right), hands over the Weight to in-coming CO, LCDR Michael Gough RAN, during a change of command ceremony onboard the sail training ship at Fleet Base East, Sydney, NSW.

Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough has retaken command of Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour 33 months to the day since he left the position.

Enter 'The Badger’

Published on by POIS Phil Cullinan (author)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge. (photo: Dept of Defence)

Paul Burnett holds HMAS Katoomba's badge.

Since the birth of the Royal Australian Navy, all ships and establishments have had a badge to represent them, from HMAS Australia's crown on a federation star to the new destroyer, Hobart, it all comes down to one position.

Wartime losses bridge generations and distance

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The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

The Perth/Amphion bell was retrieved from Perth's wreck by an Indonesian diving team in 1974 and subsequently presented to the Australian Government by the Indonesian Government.

The loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston in the Second World War was one of many tragic events that forged the relationship between the United States and Australian navies.

Flying the Colours for 50 years

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the Australian White Ensign. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

Personnel from HMAS Waterhen conduct Colours on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the Australian White Ensign.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an experience in itself, but doing so to raise the Navy's Ensign to fly over the city on the Navy's birthday - that's one to write home about.

Mine warfare hub sees smoke

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LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits. (photo: Unknown)

LCDR David Hellier, Elaine and Terry Olsen with CMDR Nick Watson at HMAS Waterhen during one of the ancient ceremonies and consists of smouldering various native plants to produce smoke, which is used as a cleansing property and to ward off bad spirits.

HMAS Waterhen is often referred to as a 'sleepy hollow across the Harbour' by most of the Navy in Sydney, but that was proved wrong recently with a day highlighting the combination of old and new.

Immersing himself in submarine command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

Outgoing Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Robin Dainty, RAN, (right) hands over a historic telescope to symbolise the handover to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander Daniel Sutherland, RAN, during a command supersession held in the control room of HMAS Dechaineux, while alongside Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

The start of the year heralded a change at the top for the crew of HMAS Dechaineux, with Commander Daniel Sutherland taking charge of the submarine from Commander Robin Dainty.

Friendship from tragedy – solemn ceremony in Nias

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The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias.

Australian Defence Force members recently returned to the scene of one of the military's worst disasters to pay tribute to victims and for a heartfelt reunion with locals.

Coonawarra change of command

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, hands over his command to Commander Viktor Pilicic at HMAS Coonawarra.

Command of Darwin Navy base, HMAS Coonawarra, has been passed from Commander John Navin to Commander Viktor Pilicic.

Commander no slouch in Anzac

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Samual Pang (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)

Commander Belinda Wood, RAN, passes the weight of HMAS Anzac and command, to Commander Michael Devine, RAN, aboard HMAS Anzac, Fleet Base East.

Commander Belinda Wood formally handed over command of HMAS Anzac to Commander Michael Devine on 9 December in a ceremony onboard the ship as she was alongside in Sydney.