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Weapons Engineer kicks career goals on deployment

Published on by LEUT Shannelle McKellar (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Lieutenant Steve Witzand is embarked in HMAS Arunta on his first operational deployment as the Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author), Unknown (photographer)

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a 'howl' of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.

Instructor honoured with Damage Control Shield

Published on by POMT Andrew McDonald (author)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation' (photo: LAC Owen King)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation'

For the third consecutive year, an instructor from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility – South, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, has been awarded the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield.

Nurse switches coasts and uniforms

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course.

Wollongong nurse Angus Thompson ditched his usual intensive care nursing uniform for a camouflage outfit last year, as he finalised his Navy Reserve Officer training onboard the Navy frigate, HMAS Anzac on a trip across the top of Australia.

Building balance into busy lives

Published on by WO Ian Daley (author), Unknown (photographer)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on
Mental Health Day. (photo: Unknown)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on Mental Health Day.

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure balance and well-being are part of everyday naval life, the Australian Defence Force Centre of Mental Health based at HMAS Penguin took personnel away from their workplaces for a change of scenery recently.

Career challenge accepted

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.  (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.

Pushing out of her comfort zone has taken Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Natalie Carey from Sydney all the way to the Middle East.

Bye, bye Birdie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right)  presents the  Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right) presents the Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company.

Captain Simon Bateman was no stranger to HMAS Albatross when he assumed command in December 2013, but as he hands over command, he reflects on the changes achieved throughout his tenure.

Promotion Spanish Armada Style

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Ray Leggatt (author), Luis Cagiao (photographer)

Rear Admiral Noonan promoted Lieutenant Commander Kenny to Commander on board the F105 Cristóbal Colón in front of Commander Kenny’s family, Armada peers and Cristóbal Colón crew members. 
  (photo: Luis Cagiao)

Rear Admiral Noonan promoted Lieutenant Commander Kenny to Commander on board the F105 Cristóbal Colón in front of Commander Kenny’s family, Armada peers and Cristóbal Colón crew members.

As part of the recent Navy to Navy talks conducted in Spain between the Spanish Armada and the Royal Australian Navy, a unique opportunity was presented enabling the promotion of an Australian officer on board a Spanish warship.

Along for the ride on Leeuwin

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Timothy Carlin (author), SBLT Timothy Carlin (photographer), RANC SBLT Jarvis TS Endeavour (photographer)

‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin (photo: RANC SBLT Jarvis TS Endeavour)

‘Ready to go’ Navy Cadets give the thumbs up as they depart HMAS Leeuwin

Early in January HMAS Leeuwin set sail from Cairns to begin a transit to conduct military data gathering operations in the Bass Strait. A number of Australian Navy Cadets and family members for ship's company joined the ship for the first day of the deployment.

Navy engages in the North

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay dances to the Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne as they entertain at Larrakeyah Primary School, Darwin, during Navy Week in the Northern Territory. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Executive Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Lieutenant Commander Phillipa Hay dances to the Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne as they entertain at Larrakeyah Primary School, Darwin, during Navy Week in the Northern Territory.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Community Engagement Program in the Northern Territory achieved a number of key milestones throughout 2016, aimed at bringing Navy people out into the community.