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From Tasmania to the Middle East

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Communications Information Systems Kelsie Wright, from Tasmania, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. AB Wright is a computer network manager. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman (AB) Communications Information Systems Kelsie Wright, from Tasmania, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. AB Wright is a computer network manager.

Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Kelsie Wright, is a member of Combined Task Force 150 based at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain. The 22-year-old Launceston woman is contributing to Australia's commitment to combat terrorists in the Middle East.

Christmas on the Middle East 'battle watch'

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Gemma Casserly is deployed as a Battlewatch Captain with Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.  (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Gemma Casserly is deployed as a Battlewatch Captain with Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.

Forster's Gemma Casserly had to keep her Christmas cheer to the side in December, to focus on preventing maritime drug smugglers in the Middle East region as part of Operation MANITOU.

Maritime security mission for Petty Officer

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer (PO) Marine Logistics - Personnel Shayne Firth Is deployed with Combined Task Force 150 at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain for Operation MANITOU. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer (PO) Marine Logistics - Personnel Shayne Firth Is deployed with Combined Task Force 150 at the Naval Support Activity in Manama, Bahrain for Operation MANITOU.

Cairns resident Petty Officer Marine Logistics - Personnel Operations Shayne Firth is doing his bit in the ongoing fight to stop illegal drugs funding terrorism and reaching Australian shores.

Australian Navy keeps the helm

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (photographer), CPL Mark Doran (author)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy officer Captain Tony Aldred, Director Operations Combined Maritime Forces and Commander Maritime Operations Support Group, is seen at the Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.

Australian leadership in a key Middle East role has been passed between two Royal Australian Navy officers who share a passion for maritime security operations.

Australia Day Honours - building for the future

Published on by SBLT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Commander David Walter was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in this year’s Australia Day Honours for outstanding achievement as the Commander Engineer in HMAS Canberra. The award recognises his work on one of the Navy's highest profile projects, seen most publicly last year when Commander Walter escorted then Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour of the newly-commissioned ship.
 (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Commander David Walter was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in this year’s Australia Day Honours for outstanding achievement as the Commander Engineer in HMAS Canberra. The award recognises his work on one of the Navy's highest profile projects, seen most publicly last year when Commander Walter escorted then Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour of the newly-commissioned ship.

Commander David Walter was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in this year’s Australia Day Honours for outstanding achievement as the Commander Engineer in HMAS Canberra.

 

Silent service continues to build capability

Published on by CMDR Matt Brown (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley, (left) with graduates of the Submarine Warfare Officers' Course at HMAS Watson, US Navy Lieutenant Roger Terry; Royal Canadian Navy Lieutenant Poul Mathiesen; Lieutenant Ben Sweetenham; with Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer; and graduates Lieutenant Regina Campbell; Lieutenant William Hartridge and US Navy Lieutenant Nathan Whitelaw, with Commodore Training Commodore Michael Rothwell. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley, (left) with graduates of the Submarine Warfare Officers' Course at HMAS Watson, US Navy Lieutenant Roger Terry; Royal Canadian Navy Lieutenant Poul Mathiesen; Lieutenant Ben Sweetenham; with Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer; and graduates Lieutenant Regina Campbell; Lieutenant William Hartridge and US Navy Lieutenant Nathan Whitelaw, with Commodore Training Commodore Michael Rothwell.

Navy’s submarine capability has continued to grow, with the 'silent service' recently adding their largest cohort of Submarine Warfare Officers in 20 years.

Australia Day Honours - reflecting on teamwork

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author)

WO Rachelle Burnett was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours this week. Her citation inclued her treatment of casualties as a Chief Petty Officer onboard HMAS Childers following an explosion on Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel 36. (photo: Unknown)

WO Rachelle Burnett was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day honours this week. Her citation inclued her treatment of casualties as a Chief Petty Officer onboard HMAS Childers following an explosion on Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel 36.

Warrant Officer Rachelle Burnett spent Australia Day thinking more about her family and workmates than her own award.

Australia Day Honours - Leading Seaman driving innovation

Published on by LEUT Bek Williamson (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Austin’s dedication to his role has earned him a place on the Australia Day Honours list.
 (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill   )

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Austin’s dedication to his role has earned him a place on the Australia Day Honours list.

With qualities like tireless professionalism and continual innovation, it is no surprise that Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Austin’s dedication to his role has earned him a place on the Australia Day Honours list.

Retirement calls after 47 years

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Executive Officer 816 Squadron, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hardiman, welcomed Sonia Dowsing and retiring Captain Brett Dowsing to 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross. It was both a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into the Fleet Air Arm's future during the visit, with Lieutenant Commander Hardiman conducting Captain Dowsing on a tour of the Squadron's hangar and facilities.  Captain Dowsing, who is retiring after a varied and exciting 47 years in the Royal Australian Navy, counts his time as Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron as one of his many career highlights.  (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Executive Officer 816 Squadron, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hardiman, welcomed Sonia Dowsing and retiring Captain Brett Dowsing to 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross. It was both a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into the Fleet Air Arm's future during the visit, with Lieutenant Commander Hardiman conducting Captain Dowsing on a tour of the Squadron's hangar and facilities. Captain Dowsing, who is retiring after a varied and exciting 47 years in the Royal Australian Navy, counts his time as Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron as one of his many career highlights.

One Navy Captain is able to look back on a career unlike any other – with command at all commissioned rank levels and service around the globe and having served almost half of the organisation's life.

 

 

From mechanical to medical

Published on by LCDR Paul Flynn (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Petty Officer Medic Corina-Lee Burrows is the senior medic onboard HMAS Arunta. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Petty Officer Medic Corina-Lee Burrows is the senior medic onboard HMAS Arunta.

Well into her 17th year of service in the Royal Australian Navy, Petty Officer Medic Grade 3 Corina-Lee Burrows found herself as the Clinical Manager of the HMAS Arunta sickbay.