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HMAS Harman focuses on welfare and wellbeing

Published on by WO Graeme Gibney (author), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Joint Health Command Psychologist, Liz O'Neill, speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues. (photo: LAC Michael Green)

Joint Health Command Psychologist, Liz O'Neill, speaks to Defence members and their families about mental health issues.

HMAS Harman conducted a Youth Mental Health Awareness Session last week as the first of a number of joint initiatives by the Harman command team and Defence Community Organisation.

Staying on track

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

Graduating classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 03 stand proud with the Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN (centre) and Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones.

L-R: Lieutenant Scott Benstead, Lieutenant Matthew Warren, Lieutenant Commander William Hooper, Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN, Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones, Lieutenant Brandan Naylor and Lieutenant James Brandreth. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Graduating classmates of the Surface Combatant Navigation Course 03 stand proud with the Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN (centre) and Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones. L-R: Lieutenant Scott Benstead, Lieutenant Matthew Warren, Lieutenant Commander William Hooper, Commanding Officer HMAS Parramatta, Commander Andrew Willis MVO, RAN, Navigation Officer HMAS Parramatta Lieutenant Michael Rhys-Jones, Lieutenant Brandan Naylor and Lieutenant James Brandreth.

Five Navigators have completed the highly intensive Surface Combatant Navigation Course, graduating at HMAS Watson on Thursday, 7 August 2014.

Twenty Indigenous Australians enlist into the Defence Indigenous Development Program North Queensland

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author), LS Jason Westcott (photographer)

Eric Law accepts his Certificate of Enlistment from Commanding Officer RAN Recruit School, Commander Dugald Clelland, during the Defence Indigenous Affairs Program Enlistment Ceremony at HMAS Cairns. (photo: LS Jason Westcott)

Eric Law accepts his Certificate of Enlistment from Commanding Officer RAN Recruit School, Commander Dugald Clelland, during the Defence Indigenous Affairs Program Enlistment Ceremony at HMAS Cairns.

The Royal Australian Navy's second Defence Indigenous Development Program North Queensland welcomed twenty young indigenous Australians into its ranks at an enlistment ceremony held onboard HMAS Cairns.

Fleet Air Arm sailor enjoys V8 Supercar challenge

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

(Left to right) Leading Seaman Daniel Green, Able Seaman Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Daniel Martin hold the rear bar from a Ford Performance Racing car that they have fixed during their time with the Ford Performance Racing placement program. (photo: Unknown)

(Left to right) Leading Seaman Daniel Green, Able Seaman Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Daniel Martin hold the rear bar from a Ford Performance Racing car that they have fixed during their time with the Ford Performance Racing placement program.

Able Seaman Cameron Cummins has always had an interest in motor sports, but never imagined that he would one day be part of an elite motor racing team.

Proposal is all about the diamonds

Published on by LSIS Brenton Freind (author), Unknown (photographer)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii. (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii.

The planning for Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Troy Bennett’s marriage proposal began in mid-2013, when he found out that his next posting would be to the Replenishment Ship HMAS Success, and that the ship was scheduled to take part in Exercise RIMPAC 2014, off the coast of Hawaii.

First-in-class achievement at RIMPAC

Published on by LEUT Vishal Bhakoo (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Assistant Officer of the Watch, Sub Lieutenant Rhian Campbell-McBride, checks the Guide's Course with the pelorus on the bridge of HMAS Success during the Exercise RIMPAC 2014 Fleet Formation. The serial tested the seamanship skills of bridge watchkeeping staff off the coast of Hawaii. (photo: Leading Seaman Brenton Freind)

Assistant Officer of the Watch, Sub Lieutenant Rhian Campbell-McBride, checks the Guide's Course with the pelorus on the bridge of HMAS Success during the Exercise RIMPAC 2014 Fleet Formation. The serial tested the seamanship skills of bridge watchkeeping staff off the coast of Hawaii.

For the ship’s company of HMAS Success, Exercise RIMPAC 2014 was the perfect environment for training and achievement of qualifications, so the ship’s command team made sure every opportunity was available for members at all levels to progress their training and individual career milestones while they were deployed to Hawaii for the world’s largest naval exercise.

Navy life helps build structure and discipline

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Petty Officer Nathan Darvill controls the helm of HMAS Brunei as she steams down the Queensland coast. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Petty Officer Nathan Darvill controls the helm of HMAS Brunei as she steams down the Queensland coast.

Structure and self-discipline were not strong attributes for Petty Officer Nathan Darvill as a sixteen year-old youth growing up in Rowville, Victoria, but as a Naval Police Coxswain, Petty Officer Darvill now leads by example in maintaining order and discipline in the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Brunei.

Career highs come early for South Australian local

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic Steward (ML-S) Ashlee Shepheard, NUSHIP Canberra on the wharf at Garden Island-East. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic Steward (ML-S) Ashlee Shepheard, NUSHIP Canberra on the wharf at Garden Island-East.

Serving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receiving an Australia Day medallion and being posted to Navy’s newest and largest ship, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of highlights for Seacliff local, Ashlee Shepheard.

Navy Bashers sail across finish line

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), POMUSN Esa Thomas (photographer), Unknown (photographer)

Navy’s 2014 NSW Variety Bash team celebrate after crossing the finish line. (Left to right) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adrian Pay, Petty Officer (PO) Esa Thomas, LCDR Graeme Wong, LCDR Shane Tacon, PO Brett Ross, PO Anthony Tobias and Warrant Officer Brian Poole.  (photo: Unknown)

Navy’s 2014 NSW Variety Bash team celebrate after crossing the finish line. (Left to right) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adrian Pay, Petty Officer (PO) Esa Thomas, LCDR Graeme Wong, LCDR Shane Tacon, PO Brett Ross, PO Anthony Tobias and Warrant Officer Brian Poole.

After 6,000km, ten days, eleven stops, three flat tyres and one broken axel, seven exhausted yet excited Navy members have crossed the finish line of the 2014 NSW Variety Bash, in Sydney.

2014 Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards - call for presenters

Published on by WO Rob Drew (author)

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The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards program is looking for volunteers from Navy to present awards to school students.