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Warrant Officer Di Cross retires after 43 years in the Navy

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the  Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot RAN.  (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot RAN.

The year 1971 was a big year.  Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match.  John Lennon released “Imagine,” John Newcombe won Wimbledon.  Apollo 15 landed on the moon.
It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the New South Wales mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Navy mentors future leaders in Western Sydney

Published on by POANC Adam Moukahal (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Prospective Australian Navy Cadets plan to become members of a new Australian Navy Cadet Unit in the Western Sydney region. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Prospective Australian Navy Cadets plan to become members of a new Australian Navy Cadet Unit in the Western Sydney region.

On Friday evenings during school terms, the normally sleepy suburb of Lidcombe in Western Sydney now comes alive with Navy traditions, multi-cultural cuisines and excited teenagers navigating their way to adulthood.

Remembering submariners on eternal patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA.

As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia. The submarines had used Fremantle and Albany as home ports for some of the war. 

Popcorn, ice cream and movies - a recipe for family fun at HMAS Cerberus

Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Defence families at 'A Day at the Movies' hosted by Defence Community Organisation (DCO) out the front of the HMAS Cerberus cinema at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Defence families at 'A Day at the Movies' hosted by Defence Community Organisation (DCO) out the front of the HMAS Cerberus cinema at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus and the Cerberus Defence Community Organisation hosted a day of movies, popcorn and fantastic face painting for Defence families as part of National Families Week in May.

New leash on life for Albatross dog squad

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

From left, Able Seaman Kathleen Clifford, Able Seaman Terren Bennett, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, RAN, Petty Officer Olivia Usback, Able Seaman Christine Stone and Chief Petty Officer Linda Eddington with their beloved dogs at HMAS Albatross. These Royal Australian Navy members will be taking part in the Million Paws Walk, a fundraiser run by the RSPCA.

The Albatross Dog Squad recently reformed in preparation for the most important event on the RSPCA calendar, the Million Paws Walk.

Eighteen thousand dollars collected for Legacy in Cairns

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author and photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Trevor Maybir and Leading Seaman Maxine Davidson volunteer at a Legacy stall at Cairns Central shopping centre. (photo: ABHSO Kate Jolley)

Chief Petty Officer Trevor Maybir and Leading Seaman Maxine Davidson volunteer at a Legacy stall at Cairns Central shopping centre.

In April, Navy, Army and Legacy volunteers in Cairns stepped up to make a difference, and were stationed at six major shopping centres to sell merchandise and collect donations on behalf of Legacy.

HMAS Watson hosts indigenous recruits

Published on by ASLT Sean May (author), SMN Elizabeth Nguyen (photographer)

Members of HMAS Watson with participants of the Defence Indigenous Development Program at South Head, Sydney.  (photo: SMN Elizabeth Nguyen)

Members of HMAS Watson with participants of the Defence Indigenous Development Program at South Head, Sydney.

In April, a group of 23 indigenous recruits from some of the most remote northern parts of Australia visited HMAS Watson as a part of the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP).

Rob's Respite Group visits HMAS Watson

Published on by ABCSO Steven Thomson (author and photographer)

HMAS Watson personnel with mentally and physically challenged individuals from the Sydney area gather on Wilson's Field, HMAS Watson, NSW. (photo: ABCSO Steven Thomson)

HMAS Watson personnel with mentally and physically challenged individuals from the Sydney area gather on Wilson's Field, HMAS Watson, NSW.

On the 5th of May, HMAS Watson hosted a group of mentally and physically challenged individuals, aged from 20-55 years old, for a tour of the base.

Two new paintings boost Creswell’s historic collection

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

(Left) Mr Bob Austen and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

(Left) Mr Bob Austen and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell.

Two paintings of HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne, telling a very personal and tragic story, were recently donated to the Historic Collection at HMAS Creswell by Mr Bob Auston.

Navy front and centre at Rottnest festival

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Stirling sailors with members of the Westralian Great War Living History Society who participated in the Rottnest Island Heritage Festival in Western Australia. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Stirling sailors with members of the Westralian Great War Living History Society who participated in the Rottnest Island Heritage Festival in Western Australia.

The Western Australia Navy Community Engagement Team went offshore recently when it participated in the Rottnest Island Heritage Festival.