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HMAS Stuart contributes to Keeping Watch

Published on by SBLT Jack Davis (author), CPOB Ken Lawton (photographer)

Members of HMAS Stuart's ship’s company present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN with a donation for Navy's ‘Keeping Watch’ charity, an organisation dedicated to helping members of the Navy, and their families, in times of financial hardship.  
Front: ABET Skye Shakoush, LSMED Jasmin Fisher, LCDR Benjamin Dalton and LEUT Emma Houlihan. Back: POML-C Marcos Nielsen, CPOCIS Scott Allen, CPOML-S Slack and LT Simon Dickson (RNZN). (photo: CPOB Ken Lawton)

Members of HMAS Stuart's ship’s company present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN with a donation for Navy's ‘Keeping Watch’ charity, an organisation dedicated to helping members of the Navy, and their families, in times of financial hardship. Front: ABET Skye Shakoush, LSMED Jasmin Fisher, LCDR Benjamin Dalton and LEUT Emma Houlihan. Back: POML-C Marcos Nielsen, CPOCIS Scott Allen, CPOML-S Slack and LT Simon Dickson (RNZN).

Last Friday HMAS Stuart hosted the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Griggs and presented him with a donation for the Navy’s charity, Keeping Watch.

Setting sail for a good cause

Published on by ABIS Sarah Williams (author and photographer)

HMAS Darwin's Communication and Information Systems department show their support towards Motor Neurone Disease fundraising efforts. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

HMAS Darwin's Communication and Information Systems department show their support towards Motor Neurone Disease fundraising efforts.

Leading Seaman Communication & Information Systems sailor Erin Ormiston is running over 5,000km to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Western Australia. Erin is currently in HMAS Darwin which is en route to conduct the 57th rotation of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations.

The Red Cross Calling Defence Force Challenge is on again

Published on by Ms Nicole Baker (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Seaman Star Lanna de La Torre (left) presents a cheque to the Senior Community Fundraising Executive of the Australian Red Cross, Nicole Baker to assist in the relief of the 2013 NSW Bushfires at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.  (photo: ABIS Dove Smithett)

Seaman Star Lanna de La Torre (left) presents a cheque to the Senior Community Fundraising Executive of the Australian Red Cross, Nicole Baker to assist in the relief of the 2013 NSW Bushfires at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Australian Red Cross has a long standing relationship with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and by participating in Red Cross Calling, Defence Force Bases support the vital work Red Cross do, such as providing aid to the vicitims of bushfires and other natural disasters. This year, Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of humanitarian work in Australia and are calling on every member of the ADF to get on board and take part in the annual Defence Force Challenge.

Navy Health donates $25,000 to Keeping Watch

Published on by LEUT Kate Mathias (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Navy Health representatives Margaret Awrey (Chief Operations Officer) and Mr Syd Lemon (Chairman Navy Health Board) present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger with a donation cheque for $25,000 for the Keeping Watch charity. 

The donation was made on behalf of Navy Health at the Navy Health offices in Box Hill, Victoria.  (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Navy Health representatives Margaret Awrey (Chief Operations Officer) and Mr Syd Lemon (Chairman Navy Health Board) present Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger with a donation cheque for $25,000 for the Keeping Watch charity. The donation was made on behalf of Navy Health at the Navy Health offices in Box Hill, Victoria.

Syd Lemon, Chairman of Navy Health recently handed over a cheque for $25,000 to Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy at the Navy Health head office. Vice Admiral Griggs thanked Navy Health for their generous donation said it was a great boost to Navy’s newly established charity, Keeping Watch.

Officer on personal mission to assist cyclone victims

Published on by LCDR Rosemarie Apikotoa (author), Unknown (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa (second from right) with (from left) ‘The Voice’ star Prinnie Stevens, NRL and boxing star John Hopoate and Brenda Hopoate. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa (second from right) with (from left) ‘The Voice’ star Prinnie Stevens, NRL and boxing star John Hopoate and Brenda Hopoate.

The people of Ha’apai in the island Kingdom of Tonga faced widespread devastation after Cyclone Ian’s 300 kilometre winds hit the Kingdom on the 11th January. At a star studded charity event, ‘Heart and Hand for Ha’apai’ held in Sydney recently was Lieutenant Commander Rosemarie Apikotoa who was called upon to provide a motivational speech to help inspire members of the Tongan Youth of Australia.

Loss of HMAS Perth remembered

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch addresses the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait.

Two of just six surviving members of HMAS Perth (I), together with descendants of other Perth sailors and Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen RAN gathered at the Australian War Memorial today to commemorate the ship’s loss 72 years ago.

100 years of submarines

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea. (photo: Unknown. Image sourced from the Naval Historical Collection.)

E-class submarine, HMA Submarine AE1 at sea.

A hundred years ago today, the very first submarines were commissioned into service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Darwin bombing remembered

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), LAC Terry Hartin (photographer)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph. (photo: LAC Terry Hartin)

(L-R) Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin RAN, Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, Commanding Officer No.13 Squadron RAAF Base Darwin, Wing Commander Wes Perrett and Commander 1st Brigade, Brigadier John Frewen lay wreaths at the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin commemorative service at the Darwin Cenotaph.

Royal Australian Navy personnel stood side by side their United States counterparts yesterday in commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, which occurred on 19 February 1942.

Theatre project opens the door to awareness

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), Lisa Tomasetti (photographer)

Will Bailey in the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Defence Force's The Long Way Home.  (photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

Will Bailey in the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Defence Force's The Long Way Home.

Attending opening night of the Australian Defence Force Theatre project, The Long Way Home, was a challenging experience for Leading Seaman Daniel Cunningham who has a special insight into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Smallest vessel draws the largest crowd at Milan 2014

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Ardent VI crew members embarked in HMAS Childers serve food at the Australian tent during Milan 2014 Food and Cultural display alongside Port Blair, India. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Ardent VI crew members embarked in HMAS Childers serve food at the Australian tent during Milan 2014 Food and Cultural display alongside Port Blair, India.

HMAS Childers may be the smallest international vessel at Milan 2014, but the Armidale Class Patrol boat drew the largest crowd at the food and cultural display in Port Blair, India.