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Military musicians bring colour to festival

Published on by Department of Defence (author), Unknown (photographer)

For a second year in a row, the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland provided musical support to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, surrounded by the beautiful purple-flowering trees that the festival is named after.  (photo: Unknown)

For a second year in a row, the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland provided musical support to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, surrounded by the beautiful purple-flowering trees that the festival is named after.

For a second year in a row, the Royal Australian Navy Band provided musical support to the recent Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, New South Wales, surrounded by the beautiful purple-flowering trees that the festival is named after.

HMAS Choules remembers the fallen

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), CPOCIS Simon Bagnall (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Members of HMAS Choules ship's company during the Remembrance Day ceremony held onboard while at sea. (photo: CPOCIS Simon Bagnall)

Members of HMAS Choules ship's company during the Remembrance Day ceremony held onboard while at sea.

HMAS Choules, at sea, conducted a clear lower deck on her flight deck, to commemorate Remembrance Day yesterday.

Personal remembrance for Canberra school

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer), St. John Paul II College (photographer)

Sue Cougar and Helena Rathouski with daughter Nikolina make a donation to Lucy Cambridge and Paris Morris from St. John Paul College II, Nicholls, as they sell poppies and badges for Remebrance Day in the Gungahlin Market Place. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Sue Cougar and Helena Rathouski with daughter Nikolina make a donation to Lucy Cambridge and Paris Morris from St. John Paul College II, Nicholls, as they sell poppies and badges for Remebrance Day in the Gungahlin Market Place.

Each Remembrance Day, the nation pauses to mark the anniversary of the guns of the Western Front falling silent after more than four years continuous warfare on 11 November 1918. The red poppies of the Western Front have become synonymous with remembrance and a symbol to remember all those who have died or suffered wars and armed conflicts.

Aircrew ready to soar

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

(L-R) Aircrewman Basic Rotary Course 09 graduates, Leading Seaman (LS) Sean Byrne, LS Dan Hannah, Able Seaman Paul Buckley and LS Gavin Brown, with (Centre) Warrant Officer Navy, WO Martin Holzberger, AM, CSC, during the Aircrewman Basic Rotary course 09 graduation.  (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

(L-R) Aircrewman Basic Rotary Course 09 graduates, Leading Seaman (LS) Sean Byrne, LS Dan Hannah, Able Seaman Paul Buckley and LS Gavin Brown, with (Centre) Warrant Officer Navy, WO Martin Holzberger, AM, CSC, during the Aircrewman Basic Rotary course 09 graduation.

Deputy Commander of the Fleet Air Arm, Captain Shane Craig, had the honour of formally welcoming four new members to the world of Navy aviation on 29 October.

Sydney farewells namesake ship

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Crew members fold the Australian White Ensign on HMAS Sydney for the last time as part of the decommissioning ceremony of HMAS Sydney at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Crew members fold the Australian White Ensign on HMAS Sydney for the last time as part of the decommissioning ceremony of HMAS Sydney at Garden Island, Sydney.

Australia has farewelled a Royal Australian Navy ship that has served the country for over three decades in a ceremony today on Sydney Harbour.

What a ship!

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

HMAS Sydney II veteran John Ravenscroft with Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Lieutenant Commander David Murphy, RAN, at the Decommissioning of HMAS Sydney at Garden Island, Sydney.
 (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

HMAS Sydney II veteran John Ravenscroft with Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Lieutenant Commander David Murphy, RAN, at the Decommissioning of HMAS Sydney at Garden Island, Sydney.

On Saturday, 7 November, the City of Sydney’s namesake warship was decommissioned at a ceremony at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney. HMAS Sydney was farewelled from the Royal Australian Navy by her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander David Murphy, along with 130 crew members and nearly 800 guests, including the Governor‑General and Minister for Defence.

Father of Navy communications honoured

Published on by FLTOFF Andrew Eastman (author), David Millard (photographer)

A plaque dedicated to the late LEUT Foster McKenzie is unveiled at the Defence Force School of Signals. From left, XO DFSS LCDR Mick Kludass, LEUT McKenzie's grandchildren David Watt and Katrina Chalke, along with his daughter Anne Watt and CO DFSS LTCOL Dean Limmer. (photo: David Millard)

A plaque dedicated to the late LEUT Foster McKenzie is unveiled at the Defence Force School of Signals. From left, XO DFSS LCDR Mick Kludass, LEUT McKenzie's grandchildren David Watt and Katrina Chalke, along with his daughter Anne Watt and CO DFSS LTCOL Dean Limmer.

Known as the ‘Father of Navy communications’, the late Lieutenant Foster McKenzie played a crucial role in developing the capability of Royal Australian Navy communications during the 20th century.

Women’s Rugby international tour underway

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union women’s (RANRU) team depart Sydney today, and embark on their much anticipated overseas tour to Bangkok.

 (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

The Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union women’s (RANRU) team depart Sydney today, and embark on their much anticipated overseas tour to Bangkok.

The Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union women’s team departed Sydney this week to embark on a much anticipated overseas tour to Bangkok, Thailand.

Sydney’s own ship’s company on parade

Published on by Mr Ben Wickham (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Stock image: Members of HMAS Sydney's ships company pay their respects as they march past the Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney, during the 2011 Anzac Day Morning March. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Stock image: Members of HMAS Sydney's ships company pay their respects as they march past the Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney, during the 2011 Anzac Day Morning March.

Up to 350 current and former sailors and officers from Sydney’s own warship, HMAS Sydney, will parade up Macquarie Street in the city this Friday, 6 November. Officers and sailors will march through the main street with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, band playing and colours flying.

History of women's service commemorated

Published on by LCDR Angella Hillis (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer)

Attendees of the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service at the WRANS Memorial at HMAS Harman. (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)

Attendees of the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service at the WRANS Memorial at HMAS Harman.

On 17 October, HMAS Harman, in Canberra, hosted the annual commemorative service to recognise the service of women in the Navy.