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Brisbane Man Answers the Call of the Sea

Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Communications Information Systems Blake Ridge breaks HMAS Melbourne's International Callsign aboard the warship.
Seaman Ridge is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling the Middle East Region as part of Operation Manitou.  (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Communications Information Systems Blake Ridge breaks HMAS Melbourne's International Callsign aboard the warship. Seaman Ridge is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling the Middle East Region as part of Operation Manitou.

The suburbs of Brisbane couldn't contain Blake Ridge's desire for adventure.

Sydney Sailor’s Brand New Life at Sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Mark Doran (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Haggland provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East Region. Seaman Haggland is on his first sea trip and his first operational deployment. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Haggland provides force protection for HMAS Melbourne during a visit to a port in the Middle East Region. Seaman Haggland is on his first sea trip and his first operational deployment.

A Western Sydney lad from Glenwood has just started his new life in the Navy and is already committed to a life at sea.

Warship hospitality calls

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Support Operations Georgia Watson prepares for another watch at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation MANITOU. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Marine Logistics - Support Operations Georgia Watson prepares for another watch at sea aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region for Operation MANITOU.

A Newcastle local has taken her hospitality career to a new level by working in a venue with a moving floor and an ocean view.

Cerberus takes out Meek award again

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Training Authority Maritime Warfare, Captain William Martin, RAN, (right) presents the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield to Leading Seaman Marine Technician Robert Thompson with his wife, Nicole at the School of Survivability and Ship Safety of HMAS Cerberus. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Training Authority Maritime Warfare, Captain William Martin, RAN, (right) presents the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield to Leading Seaman Marine Technician Robert Thompson with his wife, Nicole at the School of Survivability and Ship Safety of HMAS Cerberus.

The annual Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield was awarded for the second consecutive year to an Instructor from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety (RANSSSS) Training Facility - South, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Sweet relief on operational patrols

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman (LS) Communication Information Systems April Sadler is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. LS Sadler's morale is high as she was only married in January, but it is her mother who makes sure Melbourne's crew get a taste of home with the freshly baked cookies she regularly sends from home. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman (LS) Communication Information Systems April Sadler is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. LS Sadler's morale is high as she was only married in January, but it is her mother who makes sure Melbourne's crew get a taste of home with the freshly baked cookies she regularly sends from home.

HMAS Melbourne's Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems April Sadler is patrolling Middle Eastern waters with a full stomach and smile on her face.

Continuing a family tradition

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir conducts live-fire drills on the .50cal machinegun aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

Seaman Boatswains Mate Jessica Muir took on a family tradition when she became a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy.

Deputy Chief of Navy inspects Navy’s finest new officers

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New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) 53 march past as part of the passing out parade, HMAS Creswell. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) 53 march past as part of the passing out parade, HMAS Creswell.

After nineteen weeks of intensive training, seventy-nine Naval Officers from New Entry Officers' Course 53 graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell today.

Commissioning ceremony the icing on the cake for Seaman Sahara

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Sahara McLellan of NUSHIP Adelaide conducts her normal duties in the Ship's Office. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Sahara McLellan of NUSHIP Adelaide conducts her normal duties in the Ship's Office.

Just over a year into her Navy career, Seaman Sahara McLellan from central Maitland will mark a career highlight this week, cutting the commissioning cake when NUSHIP Adelaide ship is brought into service on Friday.

Arabian adventure for Tasmanian

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Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou. (photo: Corporal Mark Doran)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor prepares for another watch maintaining and repairing equipment aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou.

A Burnie local's need for adventure and an engineering education is being fulfilled at sea in the Middle East. Seaman Maritime Technician William Taylor is onboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling Middle Eastern waters as part of Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces.

Stirling puts on VIP treatment for special visitor

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), Ms Kerry Tate (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander David Landon, RAN, welcomes Mr Ian Blackburn on the bridge of Ballarat prior to a comprehensive tour of the bridge by Navigating Officer Lieutenant Michael Gordon.   (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander David Landon, RAN, welcomes Mr Ian Blackburn on the bridge of Ballarat prior to a comprehensive tour of the bridge by Navigating Officer Lieutenant Michael Gordon.

For a long time, Ian Blackburn has had a voracious appetite for all things Navy and a recent visit to HMA Ships Stirling and Ballarat fulfilled a lifelong ambition for him.