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Career highs come early for South Australian local

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), POIS Ollie Garside (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic Steward (ML-S) Ashlee Shepheard, NUSHIP Canberra on the wharf at Garden Island-East. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic Steward (ML-S) Ashlee Shepheard, NUSHIP Canberra on the wharf at Garden Island-East.

Serving the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, receiving an Australia Day medallion and being posted to Navy’s newest and largest ship, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of highlights for Seacliff local, Ashlee Shepheard.

Navy Bashers sail across finish line

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), POMUSN Esa Thomas (photographer), Unknown (photographer)

Navy’s 2014 NSW Variety Bash team celebrate after crossing the finish line. (Left to right) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adrian Pay, Petty Officer (PO) Esa Thomas, LCDR Graeme Wong, LCDR Shane Tacon, PO Brett Ross, PO Anthony Tobias and Warrant Officer Brian Poole.  (photo: Unknown)

Navy’s 2014 NSW Variety Bash team celebrate after crossing the finish line. (Left to right) Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adrian Pay, Petty Officer (PO) Esa Thomas, LCDR Graeme Wong, LCDR Shane Tacon, PO Brett Ross, PO Anthony Tobias and Warrant Officer Brian Poole.

After 6,000km, ten days, eleven stops, three flat tyres and one broken axel, seven exhausted yet excited Navy members have crossed the finish line of the 2014 NSW Variety Bash, in Sydney.

2014 Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards - call for presenters

Published on by WO Rob Drew (author)

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The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards program is looking for volunteers from Navy to present awards to school students.

Investing in our youth

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut on parade during their new safety boat naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.  (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut on parade during their new safety boat naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.

Thirty young Australian Navy Cadets from Tasmanian Training Ship (TS) Argonaut marked a very special occasion as they stood proudly on their parade ground at St Helens in early August.

Melbourne sailors run for charity

Published on by ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), WOML-P Stuart O'Brien (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Ellis and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick receive their medals at the end of the 2014 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour ten kilometre run. (photo: WOML-P Stuart O'Brien)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Ellis and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick receive their medals at the end of the 2014 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour ten kilometre run.

Three sailors from HMAS Melbourne decided that Sunday the 13th of July would be the day that they would put on their running shoes and pound the pavement for a good cause.

The Bravo Zulu Project

Published on by CMDR Alistair Cooper (author)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years.

Led by a retired Navy Captain, a small group of volunteer researchers is seeking out the background stories behind every imperial, national, civil and foreign honour and award made to Australian naval people from 1900 to Australia Day 2014.

Jake’s Wish

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (right) explains the Class Two Cap to 12 year old Jake during his visit to HMAS Cerberus, Victoria as part of his Starlight Wish.  Parental consent was given for these images to be taken. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (right) explains the Class Two Cap to 12 year old Jake during his visit to HMAS Cerberus, Victoria as part of his Starlight Wish. Parental consent was given for these images to be taken.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

When Starlight Children’s Foundation asked the Royal Australian Navy to help grant the wish of a young boy, the response was enthusiastic. Consequently, 12 year old Jake and his family visited HMAS Cerberus and NUSHIP Canberra on August 7 and 8 for an up close look at what Navy does.

Navy people brave the cold to help give homelessness the heave-ho

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer), Mr Rob Crawford (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Albatross get ready to camp out overnight under the stars in support of 'Sleep Out Shoalhaven'. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Personnel from HMAS Albatross get ready to camp out overnight under the stars in support of 'Sleep Out Shoalhaven'.

HMAS Albatross personnel joined the Nowra community in sending out an SOS on behalf of the homeless when they participated in the inaugural Sleep Out Shoalhaven.

Team makes rejoining easy

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician, Stephen Timberlake checks the oil levels in the engine room onboard HMAS Gascoyne.  (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Marine Technician, Stephen Timberlake checks the oil levels in the engine room onboard HMAS Gascoyne.

Navy’s Re-join Case Management Team is once again open for business and helping previous members to re-join the ranks.

Admiral’s Own tours the top end

Published on by ABMUSN Ellen Zyla (author and photographer)

The Admirals Own Rock Band: Leading Seaman Musician Haylen Newman, Able Seaman Musician James Roach, Leading Seaman Musician Tracy Kennedy, Able Seaman Musician Christopher Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Musician Andrew Stapleton and Leading Seaman Musician Lachlan McFie. (photo: ABMUSN Ellen Zyla)

The Admirals Own Rock Band: Leading Seaman Musician Haylen Newman, Able Seaman Musician James Roach, Leading Seaman Musician Tracy Kennedy, Able Seaman Musician Christopher Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Musician Andrew Stapleton and Leading Seaman Musician Lachlan McFie.

Recently, six members of the Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, who make up a smaller group known as the ‘Admirals Own Rock Band’, travelled to Arnhem Land in far northern Australia to perform in some of the most remote Indigenous Communities in the country, alongside members from the Defence Indigenous Development Program.