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Pursuit of excellence propels Chief into Honours List

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author)

Chief Petty Officer Gregory Fletcher was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious devotion to duty in the field of propulsion management in HMAS Perth (HMAS Ballarat pictured).
  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Chief Petty Officer Gregory Fletcher was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious devotion to duty in the field of propulsion management in HMAS Perth (HMAS Ballarat pictured).

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Greg Fletcher's devotion to duty and pursuit of engineering excellence has earned him a Conspicuous Service Medal in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

Australia Day 2017 Honours List - Royal Australian Navy

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Medals awarded to Navy personnel in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List - Military Division, from left, Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Commendation for Distinguished Service; Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC); and Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM). (photo: )

Medals awarded to Navy personnel in the 2015 Australia Day Honours List - Military Division, from left, Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Commendation for Distinguished Service; Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC); and Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM).

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has approved awards announced today in the Australia Day 2017 Honours List.

Australian Vietnam veterans honoured

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CDT3-Vietnam Reunion - HMAS Waterhen 23rd April '07

From http://www.rancd-association.com website  (photo: Unknown)

CDT3-Vietnam Reunion - HMAS Waterhen 23rd April '07 From http://www.rancd-association.com website

Just before Christmas the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that certain Australian service personnel who served in the Vietnam War will be honoured due to a reassessment of eligibility.

Weapons Engineer kicks career goals on deployment

Published on by LEUT Shannelle McKellar (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (author)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Lietenant Steven Witzand on the Chaff deck of HMAS Arunta while on patrol in the Middle East region.

Lieutenant Steve Witzand is embarked in HMAS Arunta on his first operational deployment as the Deputy Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer.

Sniffing around for answers on mental health

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

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog. (photo: Unknown)

Freya, a Husky, enjoying the day after being awarded best groomed dog.

The Sydney-based crew of minehunter, HMAS Huon had a 'howl' of a time raising funds and awareness for mental health by conducting a ‘bring your dog to work day’ at their nearby Waverton Oval.

Instructor honoured with Damage Control Shield

Published on by POMT Andrew McDonald (author)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation' (photo: LAC Owen King)

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation'

For the third consecutive year, an instructor from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility – South, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, has been awarded the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield.

Nurse switches coasts and uniforms

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)

Nursing Officer, Lieutenant Angus Thompson experiences life at sea in the sickbay of HMAS Anzac during Phase 4 of the Reserve Entry Officer Course.

Wollongong nurse Angus Thompson ditched his usual intensive care nursing uniform for a camouflage outfit last year, as he finalised his Navy Reserve Officer training onboard the Navy frigate, HMAS Anzac on a trip across the top of Australia.

Building balance into busy lives

Published on by WO Ian Daley (author), Unknown (photographer)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on
Mental Health Day. (photo: Unknown)

A New South Wales Parks and Wildlife ranger explains the history and heritage of the tunnels and fortifications at Middle Head to personnel from HMAS Penguin on Mental Health Day.

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure balance and well-being are part of everyday naval life, the Australian Defence Force Centre of Mental Health based at HMAS Penguin took personnel away from their workplaces for a change of scenery recently.

Career challenge accepted

This article has photo gallery Published on by Department of Defence (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.  (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Natalie Carey from HMAS Creswell is currently deployed to the Middle East region. She works in the Joint Task Force 633 Headquarters at Camp Baird as an administration assistant.

Pushing out of her comfort zone has taken Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel Operations Natalie Carey from Sydney all the way to the Middle East.

Bye, bye Birdie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right)  presents the  Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right) presents the Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company.

Captain Simon Bateman was no stranger to HMAS Albatross when he assumed command in December 2013, but as he hands over command, he reflects on the changes achieved throughout his tenure.