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Darwin strikes a chord with Navy musician

Published on by ABIS Kayla Hayes (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne, Band Commander Lieutenant Andrew Stokes conducts the band during a ceremonial sunset for the public at Palmerston City Council for Navy Week in the Northern Territory. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Royal Australian Navy Band - Melbourne, Band Commander Lieutenant Andrew Stokes conducts the band during a ceremonial sunset for the public at Palmerston City Council for Navy Week in the Northern Territory.

Lieutenant Andrew Stokes has played music in all corners of the world since he left Darwin to join the Royal Australian Navy Band 26 years ago, but no matter where Lieutenant Stokes goes, he says there is no place like home.

Rendezvous at sea leads to family reunion

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPOET Keith Bradshaw (author)

Leading Seaman Hazelman transferred from Ballarat and entered Fiji through the Savusavu Yacht Club via her father’s boat Cristy Lee (photo: Unknown)

Leading Seaman Hazelman transferred from Ballarat and entered Fiji through the Savusavu Yacht Club via her father’s boat Cristy Lee

With smart planning, HMAS Ballarat organised a memorable family re-union near Fiji during her return passage from Exercise Rim of the Pacific 16 (RIMPAC 16).

Turning the tables on family service

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Madeleine Woolmer and her family recreate an event 20 years earlier where her father, Brian returned from RIMPAC in HMAS Newcastle.

A wharfside welcome home turned back the clock for one father and daughter recently with HMAS Canberra's return to Sydney from RIMPAC 2016

What can they do? Take away my birthday?

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), Unknown (photographer)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently. (photo: Unknown)

“I think of it as being pretty lucky. I get to stay a year younger,” said Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor, who lost his 23 rd birthday when HMAS Canberra sailed over the International Date Line recently.

The ability to skip a birthday might be considered a dream for some, but for Able Seaman Aviation Technician Jack Taylor it became a reality when he sailed over the International Date Line onboard HMAS Canberra on his way back to Australia from Hawaii.


Chasing waves and hunting mines

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Mitchell Hosking (author)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Mine Warfare Trent Cattell at sea on HMAS Huon (photo: Unknown)

Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor Mine Warfare Trent Cattell at sea on HMAS Huon

Having grown up surfing the northern beaches of Sydney, Trent Cattell joined the Royal Australian Navy for the lifestyle and the opportunity to serve at sea. 

Devil of a time in Tassie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), Matthew Newton (photographer), Sam Fox (photographer)

LCDR Angella Hillis, SQNLDR Paul Gough, CPO Jamie Schmith and SGT Liz Beard pose at the Devil Release Control Centre before assisting with setting up.
 (photo: Sam Fox)

LCDR Angella Hillis, SQNLDR Paul Gough, CPO Jamie Schmith and SGT Liz Beard pose at the Devil Release Control Centre before assisting with setting up.

Defence personnel have been up close and personal with some of Australia's most at risk animals supporting the release of 33 captive Tasmanian Devils into the wild at Stony Head Military Training Area.

Bleeding by example

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), Mrs Lauren Larking (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Royal Australian Navy Blood Ambassador Warrant Officer Chris Boardman supports Warrant Officer of the Navy (WON) Warrant Officer Gary Wight while he donates blood on the Blood Bus during the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge, at Russell Offices, Canberra.

The Defence Blood Challenge is well under way with Navy already making a strong bid for a record number of donations this year.

Waterhen – a team of bloody heroes

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Craig Walton with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's mascot, Billy the Blood Drop to promote the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Craig Walton with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service's mascot, Billy the Blood Drop to promote the 2016 Defence Blood Challenge at HMAS Waterhen, Sydney.

Seventeen members of the ship’s company of Sydney base, HMAS Waterhen, volunteered to become brand new blood donors after a visit by ‘Billy the blood drop’ to promote the Defence Blood Challenge.

Cadets experience hydrographic life at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Nicole Francis (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Survey Operator Ford shows members of TS Endeavour one of HMAS Leeuwins Survey Motor Boats (SMB) and explains how the boat will be recovered once alongside  (photo: LEUT Nicole Francis)

Able Seaman Hydrographic Survey Operator Ford shows members of TS Endeavour one of HMAS Leeuwins Survey Motor Boats (SMB) and explains how the boat will be recovered once alongside

Navy cadets have enjoyed an ‘at sea’ experience with Hydrographic Survey Red Crew embarked in HMAS Leeuwin.

Blood flows in Red Cross challenge

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Sarah Vanderpluym during a whole blood donation for Navy as a part of the Defence Blood Challenge 2016 at the Rockingham Collection Centre. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Sarah Vanderpluym during a whole blood donation for Navy as a part of the Defence Blood Challenge 2016 at the Rockingham Collection Centre.

Officers and sailors from Western Australia's HMAS Stirling rolled up their sleeves recently to take part in the Defence Blood Challenge.