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Maximising Reserve support

Published on by MAJ Kathryn Ames (author and photographer)

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell; Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves, Commodore Bruce Kafer; and Director General Reserves – Air Force, Air Commodore Bob Rodgers provided updates on how the three services intended to maximise Reserve forces as part of an integrated force. (photo: Unknown)

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell; Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves, Commodore Bruce Kafer; and Director General Reserves – Air Force, Air Commodore Bob Rodgers provided updates on how the three services intended to maximise Reserve forces as part of an integrated force.

Diversity, service conditions, and integrating Reserve expertise to deliver capability were some of the key discussion points at this year’s Defence Reserves Association conference, held recently in Brisbane. 

Let's talk about mental health and wellbeing

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), Ms Sarah Tennant (photographer)

From right, Senior Nursing Officer, Navy Headquarters-South Australia, Captain David West, RANR presents Commander Steve Dunning, RANR with a Living Works Bronze Pin and certificate which recognised facilitation of 25 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops (ASIST). (photo: Sarah Tennant)

From right, Senior Nursing Officer, Navy Headquarters-South Australia, Captain David West, RANR presents Commander Steve Dunning, RANR with a Living Works Bronze Pin and certificate which recognised facilitation of 25 Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops (ASIST).

With Defence’s ongoing commitment to World Mental Health Day, held on 10 October every year, Reserve Navy Commander Steve Dunning, also a qualified mental health practitioner, talks about mental health in the workplace and the support available to Navy personnel and their families.

Navy Musician takes out top spot

This article has photo gallery Published on by ABMUSN Ellen Zyla (author)

Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock during a Royal Australian Navy Band rehearsal. (photo: Unknown)

Petty Officer Musician Martyn Hancock during a Royal Australian Navy Band rehearsal.

A musician from the Royal Australian Navy has taken out first place in the inaugural Australian Wind Symphony Composition Competition.

Exercising Task Group muscles

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

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN on the bridge wing of his ship as they conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Success during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)

Commanding Officer HMAS Newcastle, Commander Mark Sirois, RAN on the bridge wing of his ship as they conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS) with HMAS Success during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Commanding a task group during the Royal Australian Navy’s largest multi-lateral exercise is about managing fatigue, thinking on your feet and trusting your experience says Commander Mark Sirois.

Sailing through a year of experiences

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kathryn Sykes (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Gap Year - Navy participant, Seaman Sinead Prewett conducts her sea training phase onboard HMAS Adelaide.  (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

Australian Defence Force Gap Year - Navy participant, Seaman Sinead Prewett conducts her sea training phase onboard HMAS Adelaide.

A number of Navy sailors are having the time of their lives this year in a ‘try before you buy’ scheme allowing young Australians to experience life in uniform.

Medical sailors university bound

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

Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine. (photo: Unknown)

Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine.

Sailors from the Royal Australian Navy Medical School at Sydney's HMAS Penguin have honed their paramedicine skills by undertaking intensive, hands on training at the University of Tasmania - School of Medicine in Hobart recently.

Riding to work to keep fighting fit

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nick Robinson (author), Unknown (photographer)

The HMAS Cairns team during the recent 332km Cairns to Cooktown Cardiac Challenge (photo: Unknown)

The HMAS Cairns team during the recent 332km Cairns to Cooktown Cardiac Challenge

Navy personnel from HMAS Cairns swapped hydro for helmets and boats for bikes in October in support of the Cairns Regional Council Ride2Work Day.

Stirling spinners peddle a healthy message

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Stirling ships company participate in a spin-a-thon in the HMAS Stirling gymnasium.

(L-R) Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Spencer Doyle, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor (LSPTI) Jacob Machen, and LSPTI Tamara Prins.   (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Stirling ships company participate in a spin-a-thon in the HMAS Stirling gymnasium. (L-R) Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Spencer Doyle, Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor (LSPTI) Jacob Machen, and LSPTI Tamara Prins.

Navy members have continued their support of Life Education Australia's 'Ocsober' campaign this year, through a number of activities helping raise funds and awareness of healthy life choices.

Bradley's Head holds historical highlights

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author and photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Chris Smith and several Canberra officers and sailors visited Bradleys Head with Mr Bob Auston where they saw the tree dedicated to previous ships bearing the Canberra name and other naval memorials at the site. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Chris Smith and several Canberra officers and sailors visited Bradleys Head with Mr Bob Auston where they saw the tree dedicated to previous ships bearing the Canberra name and other naval memorials at the site.

Many officers and sailors from navies all over the world have come to attention as their ships sailed past Bradley's Head on Sydney Harbour, but how many of them knew of the significance of the headland?

Cadets savour sea time

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nicole Francis (author and photographer)

The members from TS Darwin who participated in the Cadet Sea Day onboard Leeuwin (photo: LEUT Nicole Francis)

The members from TS Darwin who participated in the Cadet Sea Day onboard Leeuwin

Navy cadets have enjoyed an ‘at sea’ experience with the ship's company of hydrographic ship, HMAS Leeuwin, renewing friendships made in sister ship HMAS Melville.