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Father’s Day in a sandy land abroad

Published on by LEUT Peter Croce (author), CPL Janine Fabre (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Russell Toohey looks at a photo album of his family while serving on Australian Defence Force operations at Al Minhad Air Base, UAE.  (photo: CPL Janine Fabre)

Lieutenant Commander Russell Toohey looks at a photo album of his family while serving on Australian Defence Force operations at Al Minhad Air Base, UAE.

Lieutenant Commander Russell Toohey is one of many Navy fathers serving away from home on Australian Defence Force operations this Fathers Day.

Today, he'll connect with his daughter Emma, 9, over Skype. 

Forest Lake lad in the search for lost WWI submarine

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Alex Lebrun-Footman from HMAS Yarra pauses at the grave site of a fallen sailor at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Rabaul. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Alex Lebrun-Footman from HMAS Yarra pauses at the grave site of a fallen sailor at Bita Paka War Cemetery on the outskirts of Rabaul.

Forest Lake boy, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Alexander Lebrun-Footman has travelled the world since leaving Forest Lake State High School, but his most recent deployment to Papua New Guinea enabled him to be a part of history.

Hornsby sailor proud to be part of search for lost WWI submarine

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Mine Warfare Michael Leahy in the ship's dive boat with HMAS Yarra in the background. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Mine Warfare Michael Leahy in the ship's dive boat with HMAS Yarra in the background.

Hornsby boy, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Mine Warfare Michael Leahy has had a busy twelve months, including a few special days that he considers to be the best of his Navy career, so far.

Farewell to a gentleman

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Funeral for former Warrant Officer Steward Allen Charles Guthrie held at the St Mark’s Chapel at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Funeral for former Warrant Officer Steward Allen Charles Guthrie held at the St Mark’s Chapel at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria

The life of former Warrant Officer Steward Allen Charles Guthrie touched many over his 94 years. His life was remembered, celebrated and mourned at a funeral service at St. Mark’s Chapel, HMAS Cerberus, on September 16, 2014.

An outstanding Instructor

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Deputy Training Authority Maritime Warfare, Captain William Martin (left) presents the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield for Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor to Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Fagg at the School of Ships Survivability and Safety of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Deputy Training Authority Maritime Warfare, Captain William Martin (left) presents the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield for Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor to Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Fagg at the School of Ships Survivability and Safety of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Petty Officer Marine Technician Michael Fagg of the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility (South) at HMAS Cerberus, has been awarded the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield, recognising him as the most outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor at the school for 2013.

Patrol boat crew expands skill sets

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Able Seaman (AB) Maritime Logistics - Chef Luke Barton from Attack Four, onboard HMAS Larrakia.  Along with his core role as a chef, AB Barton is also a member of the Ship's Medical Emergency Team and the Boarding Party. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Able Seaman (AB) Maritime Logistics - Chef Luke Barton from Attack Four, onboard HMAS Larrakia. Along with his core role as a chef, AB Barton is also a member of the Ship's Medical Emergency Team and the Boarding Party.

It’s a part of life at sea that you wouldn’t usually see on a major fleet unit: Sailors performing Officer of the Watch tricks at the rank of Leading Seaman, and chefs forming an integral part of a busy boarding team - it’s multi-tasking at its best.

South Australian employers of Navy Reserves recognised

Published on by LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer)

Mr Michael Burvill representing Veteran's & Veteran's Families Counselling Service-SA (centre left)  received the Public Sector award from Commodore Robert Morrison, CSC (left) and Dr Pamela Schulz OAM, Chair; Defence Reserves Support Council-South Australia, after being  nominated by Commander Stephen Dunning, Communications and Media Navy (centre right). (photo: CPL David Gibbs)

Mr Michael Burvill representing Veteran's & Veteran's Families Counselling Service-SA (centre left) received the Public Sector award from Commodore Robert Morrison, CSC (left) and Dr Pamela Schulz OAM, Chair; Defence Reserves Support Council-South Australia, after being nominated by Commander Stephen Dunning, Communications and Media Navy (centre right).

Despite Navy’s small presence in South Australia, two employers of local Navy Reservists were recognised for their support of the Australian Defence Force Reserves at the recent Defence Reserve Support Council – South Australia Employer Support Awards.

Maintaining morale in 'roughers'

Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

From left: Able Seaman Combat Sysytems Operator Mine Warfare (ABCSOMW) Alex Lebrun-Footman, ABCSOMW Dale Timbs, ABCSOMW Ryan McDonald and Leading Seaman Medic Rob Schwartz enjoy a game of Uckers during a quiet period onboard HMAS Yarra. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

From left: Able Seaman Combat Sysytems Operator Mine Warfare (ABCSOMW) Alex Lebrun-Footman, ABCSOMW Dale Timbs, ABCSOMW Ryan McDonald and Leading Seaman Medic Rob Schwartz enjoy a game of Uckers during a quiet period onboard HMAS Yarra.

Life on the high seas in a Huon Class Mine Hunter can be a little 'rough', but only due the ship size and design allowing for rolling and pitching in even the smallest swell. During HMAS Yarra's recent three day passage to Papua New Guinea, the sea state three conditions were a test for morale for the 45-strong crew.

Sharing lessons with the US Navy

Published on by LCDR Emma McDonald-Kerr (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

The annual USN and RAN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group (SWPSG) held at Fleet Headquarters Sydney. (From front left) Rear Admiral Frederick Roegge (USN), Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo (USN). (From back left) Captain Mike Smith, AOM, RAN, USN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group Manager of Business, Mr Lee Johnson and Warrant Officer Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

The annual USN and RAN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group (SWPSG) held at Fleet Headquarters Sydney. (From front left) Rear Admiral Frederick Roegge (USN), Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen, RAN and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo (USN). (From back left) Captain Mike Smith, AOM, RAN, USN Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group Manager of Business, Mr Lee Johnson and Warrant Officer Navy, Warrant Officer Martin Holzberger, CSC, RAN.

In a sign of the deep ties that underpin the Australian and United States’ security alliance, the Royal Australian Navy hosted the fourth Strategic Workforce and Personnel Steering Group forum between 5th and 6th August, at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney. The SWPSG reports to and supports the strategic dialogue between the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations and the Australian Chief of Navy.

Court Martial on inappropriate behaviour allegations

Published on by Royal Australian Navy (author)

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Today there have been reports in the media about the proceedings of a General Court Martial regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour that occurred in HMAS Newcastle in 2011.