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Hastings welcomes armed men and women of HMAS Cerberus

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria.

When 700 Australian Defence Force members from HMAS Cerberus marched through Main Street, Hastings, Victoria on Saturday, they weren't just re-enacting a tradition; they were acknowledging a shared sense of community and history reaching back 95 years to when sailors first started training in the area at Flinders Naval Base.

ADF Gets Revved Up over Men's Health

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Officer, Commander Gary Brown, with his 1700cc, 2013 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Slim.

He entered his bike in the Brindabella Park, show and shine competition on November 19, raising funds for 2016 The Long Ride and Prostate Cancer research. (photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington)

Royal Australian Navy Officer, Commander Gary Brown, with his 1700cc, 2013 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Slim. He entered his bike in the Brindabella Park, show and shine competition on November 19, raising funds for 2016 The Long Ride and Prostate Cancer research.

Fundraising for prostate cancer research and fanatical discussions about motorbikes and next year's Long Ride began early at a show and shine held at Brindabella Park, Canberra, in November.

How ‘Mo’ can you go?

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria.

As November approached, anticipation grew among the men of HMAS Cerberus with many planning their 'manscaping' for a chance to win the 2015 Cerberus Movember Challenge.

Veterans honoured by French

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Ambassador of France to Australia, His Excellency Monsieur Christophe Lecourtier, stands with former WWII veterans after being awarded the French Legion of Honour onboard the French frigate FNS Vendémiaire at Garden Island, Sydney. (L-R) Mr John Eppel, Mr Alf Humphreys, Mr Ken Joyce, Mr Bill McRae, His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier and Mr Don Browning. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Ambassador of France to Australia, His Excellency Monsieur Christophe Lecourtier, stands with former WWII veterans after being awarded the French Legion of Honour onboard the French frigate FNS Vendémiaire at Garden Island, Sydney. (L-R) Mr John Eppel, Mr Alf Humphreys, Mr Ken Joyce, Mr Bill McRae, His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier and Mr Don Browning.

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, five Australian veterans were recognised with the Légion d'honneur onboard the French frigate Vendémiaire, alongside Garden Island, Sydney.

Merry Christmas from Chief of Navy

Published on by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

 (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

This has been an exceptionally important and busy year in our history, and I believe there has never been a more exciting time to serve in Navy.

Clocktower's future is a nod to the past

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. 

Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. 
Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005.

To any naval officer that went through initial training at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, the Clocktower Gymnasium is iconic.

Academy class of 2015 graduates

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Mr John Carroll (photographer), Mr Michael Jackson-Rand (photographer)

The Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presents Midshipman Dean Gilbert, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize at the ADFA Graduation Parade.

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its graduation parade on Thursday December 10, 2015. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy. (photo: John Carroll)

The Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presents Midshipman Dean Gilbert, RAN with the Chief of Navy prize at the ADFA Graduation Parade. The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) held its graduation parade on Thursday December 10, 2015. 240 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from their military training and tertiary education at the Academy.

In one of his final ceremonial tasks as Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presented Midshipman Dean Gilbert, with the Chief of Navy Prize at the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduation Parade on 10 December.

Navy helps special needs children celebrate Christmas

This article has photo gallery Published on by LS Brook Oram (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Members (blue shirts) volunteer to give away toys to families at the Special Children's Christmas Party held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill NSW.

 (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Royal Australian Navy Members (blue shirts) volunteer to give away toys to families at the Special Children's Christmas Party held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Rosehill NSW.

A team of over 70 Navy volunteers from Sydney bases HMAS Kuttabul, HMAS Waterhen and HMAS Watson joined other Sydney community and corporate groups to help run the 20th Annual Make a Wish Foundation Special Children’s Christmas Party at the Rosehill Gardens Race Course on 2 December.

On parade for Navy Engineering Week

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, presided over Ceremonial Divisions for more than 350 engineering officers and sailors on 2 December in honour of the inaugural Navy Engineering Week.

Destroyers one keel closer

This article has a video attachmentPublished on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Image courtesy of ASC (photographer), YouTube video courtesy of ASC (videographer)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN and ASC first year electrical apprentice Billy Hewitt hammer the box containing the coin under the keel of the third Hobart Class DDG at the ASC shipyards. (photo: Image courtesy of ASC)

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN and ASC first year electrical apprentice Billy Hewitt hammer the box containing the coin under the keel of the third Hobart Class DDG at the ASC shipyards.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett joined two apprentices to lay the keel for the Royal Australian Navy’s third destroyer, NUSHIP Sydney, on 19 November, at ASC shipyards in Adelaide.