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A new Commanding Officer for HMAS Choules

Published on by LEUT Lana Emery (author), ABCSO Nicholas Juner (photographer)

Commander Ashley Papp hands over the weight of HMAS Choules to Commander Chris Aulmann in Brisbane, Queensland. (photo: ABCSO Nicholas Juner)

Commander Ashley Papp hands over the weight of HMAS Choules to Commander Chris Aulmann in Brisbane, Queensland.

On 15 November, a bright sunny day in Brisbane, Commander Ashley Papp relinquished command of HMAS Choules, handing the weight to Commander Chris Aulmann. The handover of the 'weight' symbolises the transfer of the responsibility of command.

Navy's Birdies mark another milestone

Published on by ABAVN Robert Brook (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra.

On November 26, the first two Navy aircraft landed aboard what was then NUSHIP Canberra, alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney in the build up to the ship’s commissioning.

Major Navy sustainment and maintenance program reaches conclusion

Published on by Ms Kerrie Moore (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents a parting gift to Mr Paul Rizzo after the final Rizzo Reform Implementation Committee meeting held in Canberra.  
 (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents a parting gift to Mr Paul Rizzo after the final Rizzo Reform Implementation Committee meeting held in Canberra.

One of Navy's most comprehensive implementation programs aimed at improving ships' seaworthiness and fleet sustainability and preparedness has been completed.

Christmas on duty a Success

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Anthea Baczkowski (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment. (photo: Able Seaman Jake Badior)

Members of HMAS Success ship's company spell out Merry Christmas during carols on deployment.

Christmas on operational duty might not sound like much fun, but on a Navy ship - there are plenty of ways to make the festive season memorable.

Navy Divers lend expertise during Operation RENDER SAFE 2014

Published on by SBLT Luke Deering (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Two World War II era aircraft bombs, secured onto a Royal Australian Navy Barge, await transport to a deep sea disposal site off the coast of Bougainville, during Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Two World War II era aircraft bombs, secured onto a Royal Australian Navy Barge, await transport to a deep sea disposal site off the coast of Bougainville, during Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Navy divers have lent their expertise to Operation RENDER SAFE this year forming an integral part of the tri-service Amphibious Task Group that were responding to the dangerous legacy of unexploded ordinance located in Torokina, Bougainville Island.

HMAS Toowoomba completes Middle East Region deployment

Published on by Department of Defence (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts operations off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Toowoomba conducts operations off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean in support of Operation MANITOU.

HMAS Toowoomba completed a successful Operation MANITOU maritime security deployment to the Middle East Region on 13 December and is now heading home to Perth.

HMA Ships Huon and Launceston conduct Officer of the Watch manoeuvres

Published on by LEUT Jessica O'Brien (author), ABCSO Kiah Whyte (photographer)

Lieutenant Thomas Mobbs onboard HMAS Huon conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Launceston.

 (photo: ABCSO Kiah Whyte)

Lieutenant Thomas Mobbs onboard HMAS Huon conducts Officer of the Watch manoeuvres with HMAS Launceston.

Coastal Mine Hunter HMAS Huon and Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Launceston conducted a rendezvous in Australia’s northern waters recently to allow their bridge teams and junior watchkeeping officers to conduct a series of training manoeuvres.

Like father like daughter

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author), Mr John Carroll (photographer), CAPT Ainsley Morthorpe (photographer)

New graduate, Midshipman Alexandra Morthorpe, with her father Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, a member of the first class to graduate from ADFA. (photo: John Carroll)

New graduate, Midshipman Alexandra Morthorpe, with her father Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, a member of the first class to graduate from ADFA.

On 11 December, 220 midshipmen and officer cadets graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy. For one midshipman, graduation marked the start of a career that will have her following in her father's footsteps.

Defence indigenous youth graduate in Cairns

Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

The graduating class of the Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program 02/2014 throw their hats in the air in celebration upon completion of their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cairns. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

The graduating class of the Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program 02/2014 throw their hats in the air in celebration upon completion of their graduation ceremony held at HMAS Cairns.

All twenty recruits who participated in the second iteration of Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) graduated in a ceremony held in HMAS Cairns on 18 December.

Principal Chaplain - Navy Christmas Message

Published on by Director General Chaplaincy - Navy Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre). (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

File image: Director General Chaplaincy - Navy, Principal Chaplain Stuart Hall (centre).

As the end of the year comes upon us, with the opportunity to relax and reflect, we can find ourselves commemorating the various events in our life that have taken place and shaped us over the past 12 months.