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Navy increases lifesaving blood donations

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Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Department of Defence ambassadors to the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge donated plasma to Australian Red Cross in Canberra on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 to support National Blood Donor Week. (L-R) Flight Sergeant Christine Williams, Warrant Officer Class Two Joanne Davey, APS civilian Mr Adam Friederich and Warrant Officer Chris Boardman.

The results of the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge are in, with Navy picking up the honours for highest year-on-year growth, increasing blood donations by a massive 38 per cent.

Darwin’s submarine commemorated

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Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Deputy Commander Northern Command, Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Director General Boats, Upgrades and Infrastructure Development, Commodore John Chandler, OAM, CSC, CSM, RAN, Rear Admiral Kenjo Sato and Captain Shinsuke Amano at the commemorative plaque unveiling to mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese submarine I-124 off the coast of Darwin.

A plaque is to be placed near Darwin’s Casuarina Cliffs to commemorate the sinking of a Japanese submarine during the Second World War.

Malaysia and Australia celebrate joint Defence arrangements

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The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr Rod Smith, PSM helps Brigadier General Dato' Shamsudin bin Kassim, RMAF, Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, RMN, Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin and Commodore Simon Ottaviano, RAN cut the cake marking the 25th anniversary of the Malaysian Australian Joint Defence Program.

Australians and Malaysians have come together to mark the 25th birthday of one of the Australian Defence Force’s most significant regional relationships.

Emotional ceremony at Bangka

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Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre. (photo: CMDR Fenn Kemp)

Head of Defence Staff in Jakarta CDRE Bob Plath leads a ceremony on Radji Beach to honour those killed in the Bangka Island massacre.

Australian Navy personnel participated in a service in Indonesia recently to honour the victims of a Second World War tragedy and pay tribute to their legacy. 

Darwin's war - remembered

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LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

LTC Matthew Emborski; Deputy Commander Northern Command, CAPT Bryan Parker, RAN; Commander of the 1st Brigade BRIG Ben James, AM, DSM; and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, CMDR Viktor Pilicic attend the USS Peary commemorative service held on Sunday 19 February 2017 at the Darwin Esplanade.

The nation’s eyes were firmly focussed on the northern capital of Darwin on 19 February as the city paused to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin by Imperial Japanese forces.

Initiative brings rewards in Navy Safety Awards

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A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L-R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; CMDR Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, CMDR Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform  Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category Three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

A team from Training Authority-Submarines (TA-SM) comprising (L-R) Mr Keith Robinson, Training Systems Development Consultant; CMDR Dylan Findlater, RAN, Director TA-SM, CMDR Gavin Reeves, RAN, Training Manager TA-SM; Mr Brian Graves, Platform Systems Training Equipment Manager and Mr Anthony Masters, Platform Instructor Auxiliaries/Weapons were awarded the Category Three Navy Safety Award for the Submerged Signal Ejector Training Rig which will help reduce the risk of accidents happening at sea.

Training Authority-Submarines was recently recognised in the 2016 Navy Safety Awards.

Friendship from tragedy – solemn ceremony in Nias

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The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias. (photo: Unknown)

The Australian Embassy’s Brad Armstrong pays his respects at the memorial to the Shark 02 Sea King Helicopter crash on the Indonesian Island of Nias.

Australian Defence Force members recently returned to the scene of one of the military's worst disasters to pay tribute to victims and for a heartfelt reunion with locals.

Pavillard nets third Burrell Cup title

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Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Andrew Gibson (centre) presents the Burrell Cup to Leading Seaman Tim Holder (L) and Commander Marc Pavillard as winners of the Navy's premier tennis doubles tournament, hosted at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: LSIS  Brenton Freind)

Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Andrew Gibson (centre) presents the Burrell Cup to Leading Seaman Tim Holder (L) and Commander Marc Pavillard as winners of the Navy's premier tennis doubles tournament, hosted at Garden Island, Sydney.

Two former colleagues from HMAS Albatross have teamed up to win the Burrell Cup, Navy’s annual doubles tennis competition.

Navy dragon boat crew just oar-some

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The Sydney Navy Dragons, with Head Coach Able Seaman Musician Ellen Zyla (front centre), at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival held in Darling Harbour. (photo: Fleet Command Warrant Officer Stephen Downey)

The Sydney Navy Dragons, with Head Coach Able Seaman Musician Ellen Zyla (front centre), at the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival held in Darling Harbour.

Sydney Navy Dragons have re-established themselves as a force to be reckoned with on the local dragon boating scene, winning several high-profile events recently.

Navy first service home at Husky Triathlon

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The Australian Defence Force Triathlon team during the Huskisson Triathlon Festival. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

The Australian Defence Force Triathlon team during the Huskisson Triathlon Festival.

Twenty Australian Defence Force members competed at the Huskisson Triathlon recently with the Royal Australian Navy contingent hobbling away with bragging rights.