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NHQ Tasmania farewells long-serving member

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.  (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Officer in Charge of Dive Team 10, Commander Paul Gregg (right) presents Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof with a farewell gift in Hobart, Tasmania.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania and Navy Reserve Dive Team 10 farewelled Lieutenant Commander Herman Westerhof this week after he completed a 40-year association with the Australian Defence Force.

International Women’s Day prompts reflection at NHQ Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author), LS Brooke Oram (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey. (photo: LS Brooke Oram)

Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith looks after barbecue quality control with Leading Seaman Jen Langley and Leading Seaman Andrew Harvey.

International Women’s Day was celebrated last Friday at Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks with a barbecue organised by Navy Headquarters Tasmania.

Royal Australian Navy mourns the passing of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd) (photo: Unknown)

Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd)

The life and service of Rear Admiral Neil McDonald, AO, RAN (Rtd) was commemorated at his funeral service, held at the Garden Island (Sydney) chapel on Friday, 7 March 2014.

Naval Officer leads the way for women, peace and security in Afghanistan

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security was reconised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

To mark International Women's Day 2013, Captain Jennifer Wittwer - ADF Director National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security was reconised as a Defence Woman of Influence. Captain Wittwer, along with several other women from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service were recognised for their achievements and the significant contributions they have made to the ADF. The women featured in a Defence Women of Influence Display in the foyer of Russell Offices, Canberra.

Captain Jennifer Wittwer, originally from Sydney, has marked her 33rd anniversary since joining the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service with a presentation at Monash University this week, in the lead up to International Women’s Day on Saturday.

Sydney's Marine Technicians awarded for excellence

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (Centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team, of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul (From Left) Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The Navy Engineering Challenge Manager Captain Mick Finlayson RAN (Centre), awards a full set of tools to each member of the the winning team, of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge Marine Technician category at Fleet Support Unit, HMAS Kuttabul (From Left) Petty Officer Scott Giffin, Leading Seaman Jamie Wright, Able Seaman Ashley Davidson and Able Seaman Dean Saffrett.

The Marine Technician Champions of the 2013 Navy Engineering Challenge were awarded their prize last week, during a presentation at Fleet Support Unit - South East.

Navy appoints first female Command Warrant Officer

Published on by LEUT Kate Mathias (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN presents Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan with her Command Warrant Officers badge at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN presents Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan with her Command Warrant Officers badge at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Warrant Officer (WO) Jo Jordan was selected as the Command Warrant Officer – Divisional System (CWO-DS) and took up the role in January 2014. This appointment distinguishes her as one of four senior Warrant Officers supporting the Warrant Officer of the Navy, and also as the first female appointed as a Tier C Warrant Officer in the RAN.

Shoalhaven women test their wings on flight emulators

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

Ms Ann Sudmalis MP, Local Member of Parliament for the Federal Seat of Gilmore poses for a photograph whilst seated at one of the Navy Flight Emulators at the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival. Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington of the HMAS Albatross Navy Community Engagement Program looks on and provides assistance on the operation of the emulator. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Ms Ann Sudmalis MP, Local Member of Parliament for the Federal Seat of Gilmore poses for a photograph whilst seated at one of the Navy Flight Emulators at the Shoalhaven Women's Wellness Festival. Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington of the HMAS Albatross Navy Community Engagement Program looks on and provides assistance on the operation of the emulator.

“An absolute hoot” is how Regional Navy Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington described the Shoalhaven Women’s Wellness Expo on March 15.

Unit Citation for Gallantry presented to proud sister of 1942 sailor

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis in which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra II in 1942. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, looks on as the Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents a Unit Citation for Gallantry to Ms Betty Davis in which she accepted on behalf of her late brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake, who was killed by enemy action during the sinking of HMAS Yarra II in 1942.

This week, Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson, presented 83 year old Betty Davis with a Unit Citation for Gallantry, awarded to her late  of brother, Stoker 2nd Class Loren Jack Lake of HMAS Yarra (II).

Navy ‘blokes’ step out on Blokes Day Out

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), CPOMUSN Danny Mulheron (photographer)

(L-R) CPOEW Ray Sangster, POETSM Mat Holmes and CPOB Mick Cooper from HMAS Cerberus volunteered to warm up the crowds by busking some tunes at Blokes Day Out in Melbourne. The trio raised $135 which was donated to support Men's Health Services. (photo: CPOMUSN Danny Mulheron)

(L-R) CPOEW Ray Sangster, POETSM Mat Holmes and CPOB Mick Cooper from HMAS Cerberus volunteered to warm up the crowds by busking some tunes at Blokes Day Out in Melbourne. The trio raised $135 which was donated to support Men's Health Services.

The HMAS Cerberus Navy Community Engagement Program team and Navy Steam Club supported Men’s Health awareness in a very ‘blokey’ way on March 23.

New intake for unique program in Tasmania

Published on by LEUT Darryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Class of 2014: Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets with ADF personnel and coordinator Mr Patrick Sullivan (second from left). (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Class of 2014: Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets with ADF personnel and coordinator Mr Patrick Sullivan (second from left).

Eighteen young Tasmanians commenced a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program leading to a Certificate 1 in Defence Force Cadets in Hobart last week.