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Landing craft sail to new home

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, AFP, Flag Officer in-Command Philippine Navy, shakes hands with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, after signing the official documentation for the Australian government to gift two decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy to the Government of the Philippines. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)

Vice Admiral Jesus Millan, AFP, Flag Officer in-Command Philippine Navy, shakes hands with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, after signing the official documentation for the Australian government to gift two decommissioned Landing Craft Heavy to the Government of the Philippines.

HMAS Cairns hosted a unique ceremony on 23 July during which two ships were commissioned into the Philippines Navy before they departed Australia for their new home.

Wheels roll in Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Darren Mallett (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Ryan Brook from Fleet Support Unit - South East catches a pass during a celebrity match onboard HMAS Canberra during Disability Sports Australia's 25th Anniversary of Wheelchair Rugby. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Ryan Brook from Fleet Support Unit - South East catches a pass during a celebrity match onboard HMAS Canberra during Disability Sports Australia's 25th Anniversary of Wheelchair Rugby.

It was a big bash of a different kind as the sound of custom-made wheelchairs colliding at speed echoed in HMAS Canberra’s hangar deck this week.

Navy prepares for AFL curtain raiser

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The Navy AFL team's Able Seaman Clearance Diver Lachlan Whitfield looks for hand ball options during their training session at Fleet Base West sports oval in preparation for the annual Sydney II Memorial AFL Match against the Air Force. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

The Navy AFL team's Able Seaman Clearance Diver Lachlan Whitfield looks for hand ball options during their training session at Fleet Base West sports oval in preparation for the annual Sydney II Memorial AFL Match against the Air Force.

Personnel from HMAS Stirling have been training hard recently - not for a deployment, but an Aussie Rules Football game.

MH17 remembered one year on

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Families of victims place a floral tribute in remembrance of those lost during the National Memorial Service for Flight MH17 held at Parliament House, Canberra. (photo: Lauren Larking)

Families of victims place a floral tribute in remembrance of those lost during the National Memorial Service for Flight MH17 held at Parliament House, Canberra.

In a moving memorial service at Parliament House on 17 July, the nation and its leaders paused to remember the 298 people killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine last year.

Maritime power underpinned by lethality

Published on by CAPT Tim Brown (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, presents Sir Tom Phillips, KCMG, Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, with a crest and book on the history of the Royal Australian Navy, on the occasion of Chief of Navy's inaugural speech to the College on 2 Jul 2015. (photo: Unknown)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, presents Sir Tom Phillips, KCMG, Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, with a crest and book on the history of the Royal Australian Navy, on the occasion of Chief of Navy's inaugural speech to the College on 2 Jul 2015.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, recently returned from a successful visit to London, where he addressed the Royal College of Defence Studies on the topic of Maritime Power in the twenty-first century.

'Aye' on Indigenous development

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Rob Valler (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Director General Capability Work Stream Commodore Robert Morrison, CSC, RAN, presents graduation certificates to the graduates of the third Navy Defence Indigenous Development Program at HMAS Cairns. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Director General Capability Work Stream Commodore Robert Morrison, CSC, RAN, presents graduation certificates to the graduates of the third Navy Defence Indigenous Development Program at HMAS Cairns.

Fifteen more Recruits from Navy's Defence Indigenous Development Program graduated on 9 July.

Community spirit welcomed in Nowra

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Nowra locals come out in support of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), during festivities at the Nowra showgrounds. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Nowra locals come out in support of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), during festivities at the Nowra showgrounds.

NAIDOC Week in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales was one of the busiest ever. Celebrations commenced on Monday with the official launch and raising of the Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal and Australian flags and the program of activities that followed included a memorial service for Indigenous veterans, a soccer tournament, a mass photo opportunity  and a family fun day.

Cameragal Country Recognised at HMAS Penguin

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Indigenous Elder Mr Laurie Bimson performs a smoking ceremony at the unveiling of the Acknowledgement of Country plaque as part of the the National Aborigines Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) at HMAS Penguin, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Indigenous Elder Mr Laurie Bimson performs a smoking ceremony at the unveiling of the Acknowledgement of Country plaque as part of the the National Aborigines Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

An 'acknowledgement of country' plaque was unveiled at HMAS Penguin, Mosman, today as part of ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week.

Connection to land and sea celebrated

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robinson (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Bevan Smith from the Wiradjuri Echoes plays the Didgeridoo during the 2015 NAIDOC Week commemorative service held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.  (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)

Bevan Smith from the Wiradjuri Echoes plays the Didgeridoo during the 2015 NAIDOC Week commemorative service held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Defence members and public servants came together at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 8 July to commemorate the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans.

Historical links help Canberra stay competitive

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Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd of the Naval Association of Australia, Launceston South sub-section presents the Commanding Officer of HMAS Canberra, Captain Chris Smith with the Athol Ewington Shield to honour the last Tasmanian surviving member of HMAS Canberra (I) which was sunk in 1942. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)

Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd of the Naval Association of Australia, Launceston South sub-section presents the Commanding Officer of HMAS Canberra, Captain Chris Smith with the Athol Ewington Shield to honour the last Tasmanian surviving member of HMAS Canberra (I) which was sunk in 1942.

While Athol Ewington’s service in HMAS Canberra (I) ended nearly 73 years ago when Canberra was lost in the Battle of Savo Island, his name will now live on in Canberra (III) with the introduction of the Athol Ewington Shield.