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Chief Stoker marks 38 years dedicated service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Darrel Wolter (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

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CPOMT(E) Paul "Jock" O'Keefe (front left) is presented with a framed photo of HMAS Newcastle's Marine Engineering Department by ABMT Tim Callus as the CO, XO, SWO and members of ship's company show their appreciation for his 38 years serving in the RAN.

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Paul (Jock) O’Keefe recently celebrated 38 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy at a Clear Lower Deck whilst deployed onboard HMAS Newcastle.

Navy life brings a sea change

This article has photo gallery Published on by Chaplain Andrew Watters (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

As part of HMAS Newcastle's boarding party, Able Seaman Marine Technician Tim Callus stands by to be called up as the ship and crew conduct Approach and Assist Visits while participating in Maritime Security Operations in the Middle East region. (photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Brenton Freind)

As part of HMAS Newcastle's boarding party, Able Seaman Marine Technician Tim Callus stands by to be called up as the ship and crew conduct Approach and Assist Visits while participating in Maritime Security Operations in the Middle East region.

A lad from Deception Bay has turned his love of the open water into a sea career with the Royal Australian Navy where he now finds himself patrolling for drug traffickers in the Middle East region.

United States Navy Officer Promotion at Submarine Force Headquarters

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Rick Salazar, USN, holds his hand on the bible as Commander Submarines, Captain Matthew Buckley, RAN, reads the USN Naval Officer's oath during LCDR Salazar's promotion to Commander at Submarine Force Headquarters, HMAS Stirling. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Rick Salazar, USN, holds his hand on the bible as Commander Submarines, Captain Matthew Buckley, RAN, reads the USN Naval Officer's oath during LCDR Salazar's promotion to Commander at Submarine Force Headquarters, HMAS Stirling.

In a not so common occurrence, members of the Submarine Force Headquarters were privileged to witness the promotion of a United States Navy Officer.  

Hurt locker for dive hero

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Lieutenant Jason Dawson was in the hurt locker on 20 September, when he pushed his body to the limits, running the Sydney Half Marathon in a 45kg bomb suit.

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Lieutenant Jason Dawson was in the hurt locker on 20 September, when he pushed his body to the limits, running the Sydney Half Marathon in a 45kg bomb suit.

Lieutenant Jason Dawson was in the hurt locker on 20 September, when he pushed his body to the limits, running the Sydney Half Marathon in a 45kg bomb suit.

Navy engages with student leaders

Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Image courtesy of Cornerstone College (photographer)

Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Navy Headquarters - South Australia presents Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards to recipients at Cornerstone College, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia Colleges.(L-R) Year 12 student Kendra Formosa, Commander Steve Dunning, RANR and Year 10 student Fae Gehren. (photo: Courstey of cornerstone College)

Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Navy Headquarters - South Australia presents Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards to recipients at Cornerstone College, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia Colleges.(L-R) Year 12 student Kendra Formosa, Commander Steve Dunning, RANR and Year 10 student Fae Gehren.

For Adelaide Hills Navy Reservist, Commander Steve Dunning, the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership Awards provided the perfect opportunity for him to engage with his local community.

Penguin supports Relay for Life

This article has photo gallery Published on by WOIS John O'Brien (author and photographer)

The Penguin team carry the hauser (rope) around  the oval for a couple of laps at Relay for Life, Manly.  The hauser was also used in the Tug a War. (photo: WOIS John O'Brien)

The Penguin team carry the hauser (rope) around the oval for a couple of laps at Relay for Life, Manly. The hauser was also used in the Tug a War.

Eight members of HMAS Penguin's ship's company recently raised over $1,600 for cancer survivors and sufferers at the Northern Beaches Relay for Life.

Penguin launches Mosman Legacy Week

This article has photo gallery Published on by WO John O'Brien (author), WO John O'Brien (photographer)

The CO of HMAS Penguin, CMDR Paul Gall enjoys a moment with a few Legatees during the Launch of the Mosman Lane Cove Legacy appeal at HMAS Penguin. L to R: Legatee David Ross, Commander Paul Gall, RAN, CO HMAS Penguin, Legatee Vice-Admiral Ian Knox, AC (Retd) and Chair Mosman Lane Cove Legacy Division Legatee Alasdair McGregor
 (photo: WOIS J. OBRIEN)

The CO of HMAS Penguin, CMDR Paul Gall enjoys a moment with a few Legatees during the Launch of the Mosman Lane Cove Legacy appeal at HMAS Penguin. L to R: Legatee David Ross, Commander Paul Gall, RAN, CO HMAS Penguin, Legatee Vice-Admiral Ian Knox, AC (Retd) and Chair Mosman Lane Cove Legacy Division Legatee Alasdair McGregor

The Mosman Lane Cove Division of Sydney Legacy commemorated the Centenary of Anzac at a Legacy function held at HMAS Penguin, Balmoral recently.

Stirling rides for Ocsober support

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Able Seaman Dental Assistant Charni Atkins on the bike representing the Health Centre at the HMAS Stirling 24 Spinathon for Ocsober 2015.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Dental Assistant Charni Atkins on the bike representing the Health Centre at the HMAS Stirling 24 Spinathon for Ocsober 2015.

It was all aboard the stationary bikes recently as personnel from HMAS Stirling took part in the annual 24-hour Spinathon to raise awareness for the upcoming Ocsober.

Defence pride on show at ball

This article has photo gallery Published on by Melissa Hennessy (author)

From left, SQNLDR Vince Chong, MAJ Donna Harding, WO Stuart O'Brien, MAJGEN Gus Gillmore, SCDT James Smith, SQNLDR Cate Humphries, Stuart Martin and CAPT Christine Clarke at the Military Pride Ball in Sydney on September 5. (photo:                                     )

From left, SQNLDR Vince Chong, MAJ Donna Harding, WO Stuart O'Brien, MAJGEN Gus Gillmore, SCDT James Smith, SQNLDR Cate Humphries, Stuart Martin and CAPT Christine Clarke at the Military Pride Ball in Sydney on September 5.

A network to support Defence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) personnel was launched at the inaugural Military Pride Ball at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on 5 September. 

Engineering challenges for Navy sailors

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Petty Officer, Electronic Technician Tikoina Vuli (right) and Electronic Technician, Able Seaman Linda Widdicombe represent Fleet Support Unit - North in the Navy Engineering Challenge held at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Petty Officer, Electronic Technician Tikoina Vuli (right) and Electronic Technician, Able Seaman Linda Widdicombe represent Fleet Support Unit - North in the Navy Engineering Challenge held at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.

Technical sailors are again vying for the right to be crowned Champion Technician in the annual Navy Engineering Challenge.