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Perth takes Romeo operational

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), LSEW Luke Newport (photographer)

(L-R) Petty Officer Aircrew Chris Hodgkinson, Lieutenant John Flynn, Lieutenant Ben Thomson and Leading Seaman Aircrew Liam Carruthers in front of the MH-60R helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

(L-R) Petty Officer Aircrew Chris Hodgkinson, Lieutenant John Flynn, Lieutenant Ben Thomson and Leading Seaman Aircrew Liam Carruthers in front of the MH-60R helicopter on the flight deck of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth, currently conducting security operations in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU, is equipped with the Royal Australian Navy’s newest and most capable pieces of technology. 
 

Perth on task in the Middle East

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

HMAS Perth prepare to take over patrol from HMAS Darwin in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

HMAS Perth prepare to take over patrol from HMAS Darwin in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Perth has notched up more-than 10,000 nautical miles since leaving Australia on 7 June, and Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, said his crew has now settled in to their Middle East deployment.

Seeing the world through operational tasking

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Seaman Bridget Hopkins (left) and Able Seaman Freya Dodd, are on their first operational deployment at sea aboard HMAS Perth. (photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington)

Royal Australian Navy sailors Seaman Bridget Hopkins (left) and Able Seaman Freya Dodd, are on their first operational deployment at sea aboard HMAS Perth.

Half of HMAS Perth's crew are on their first Middle East mission, two of those are Seaman Boatswains Mate Bridget Hopkins and Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Freya Dodd, who have quickly adapted to their roles on operations at sea.
 

Unexpected audience for the Last Post

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author)

Warrant Officer Phil Robertson with his wife Angela and Olympian Catherine Skinner at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Phil Robertson with his wife Angela and Olympian Catherine Skinner at the Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony.

Almost every evening of the year a member of the Australian Defence Force dons their ceremonial attire in Canberra and honours one of the 102,000 Australians who have given their life in war and other operations.

Fuelling the force through food

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Adam Grant with a cheese platter for 'arvos' on board HMAS Glenelg during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Adam Grant with a cheese platter for 'arvos' on board HMAS Glenelg during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

For some Navy chefs, cooking is a trade, for others a passion, and for one small boat sailor, keeping morale high through providing great tasting food for his team is a daily delight.

Personnel exchanges promote regional cooperation

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

From left, Midshipmen Kosbi Koyati, from PNG Navy, and Thomas Icke, RAN compare notes on chart work aboard Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby, during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

From left, Midshipmen Kosbi Koyati, from PNG Navy, and Thomas Icke, RAN compare notes on chart work aboard Her Majesty's Papua New Guinean Ship (HMPNGS) Moresby, during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Two Midshipmen, one from Australia and one from Papua New Guinea, discovered they have a lot in common during Exercise KAKADU.

An officer and a gentleman retires

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN presents Lieutenant Commander Trevor Gibson, RAN with his sixth clasp, and second Federation Star, of the Defence Force Service Medal, for 45 years continuous service, at HMAS Kuttabul's monthly morning tea. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN presents Lieutenant Commander Trevor Gibson, RAN with his sixth clasp, and second Federation Star, of the Defence Force Service Medal, for 45 years continuous service, at HMAS Kuttabul's monthly morning tea.

An officer who came up through the ranks is paying off in October after almost 46 years’ service.

Depth of character and commitment recognised in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), Mr Richard Catt (photographer)

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.  (photo: Mr Richard Catt)

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.

Navy Headquartes – Tasmania’s Commanding Officer, Commander Lewis Gaha is an exemplar of personal character and professional commitment. 

Gender perspectives vital to maritime operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by Flight Lieutenant Tritia Evans (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Exercise Kakadu 2016 Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, stands with Indonesian Navy Ensign, Kevin Syaifullah, after conducting an information session on

Exercise Kakadu 2016 Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, stands with Indonesian Navy Ensign, Kevin Syaifullah, after conducting an information session on "Gender Perspectives in Maritime Operations" held at RAAF base Darwin in support of Exercise KAKADU 2016.

During the harbour phase of Exercise KAKADU, Gender Advisor for the Australian contribution, Lieutenant Commander Donna Sill, hosted a Gender Perspectives in Maritime Operations workshop with international partners to develop case studies and discuss gender issues that arise in maritime operations.

Exercise Carillon plays right notes for Able Seaman

Published on by LEUT Mick Wheeler (author)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Crowhurst runs the communications system aboard MV Stoker during Ex Black Carrillon 2016.

For Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Thomas Crowhurst, submarine Exercise BLACK CARILLON 16 has been a great opportunity to test out his skills with the real-time pressures of an exercise at sea.