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Navy's latest aircrewmen receive their wings

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN addresses graduates and guests attending the Aircrewman Rotary course 08 graduation held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, CSC, RAN addresses graduates and guests attending the Aircrewman Rotary course 08 graduation held at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra.

Family, friends, colleagues, instructors, senior officers and a class of slightly awed primary school children gathered at the Fleet Air Am Museum to applaud Navy’s latest aviators on 13 November.

Sad, but proud to be part of the end of an era

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Robert Johnson stands proud in front of his breakfast creation inside the galley onboard HMAS Brunei. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Able Seaman Robert Johnson stands proud in front of his breakfast creation inside the galley onboard HMAS Brunei.

Being the Chef on one of the Royal Australian Navy Cairns based Landing Craft Heavy vessels has been a complete contrast for Able Seaman Robert Johnson after growing up in Canberra.

Love of cooking takes Peta sailing

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Peta Large dices carrots preparing for dinner on HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014.

The Maritime Logistics Chefs on HMAS Choules have a big task on their hands leading up to an exercise like Exercise Sea Dawn 2014. Making sure they maintain a high quality of food is essential in keeping moral high on such a busy ship. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Peta Large dices carrots preparing for dinner on HMAS Choules during Exercise SEA DAWN 2014. The Maritime Logistics Chefs on HMAS Choules have a big task on their hands leading up to an exercise like Exercise Sea Dawn 2014. Making sure they maintain a high quality of food is essential in keeping moral high on such a busy ship.

Growing up in Gatton, Queensland, Peta Large has always had an interest in hospitality which led to her joining the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Logistics-Chef.

Sunshine coast sailor continues family tradition to serve in Navy

Published on by Mr Michael Brooke (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Angela Stephenson pours some refreshments onboard HMAS Choules. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Angela Stephenson pours some refreshments onboard HMAS Choules.

Becoming a sailor was a natural career path for Angela Stephenson who comes from a Navy family on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Nudgee local in executive role

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Lieutenant Brenton Glover, stands proud as the last Executive Officer of HMAS Brunei,  on her last voyage before the ship decommissions in November 2014. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Lieutenant Brenton Glover, stands proud as the last Executive Officer of HMAS Brunei, on her last voyage before the ship decommissions in November 2014.

The Executive Officer of decommissioning Royal Australian Navy Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Brunei, swapped oars for engines when he joined the Navy as a 'ship driver'.

HMAS Stuart sailors recognised for helping save the life of a USN sailor

Published on by LCDR Christopher McGregor (author), Unknown (photographer)

Three sailors from HMAS Stuart received a USN Citation from the Commanding Officer of the US Navy Regional Center - Singapore, CAPT Scott Murdockin in recognition of their swift response which saved the life of a United States Navy sailor. (From left) Captain Scott Murdock USN, Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Benjamin Ridd, AB Electronics Technician (ET) Freya Gosnell, ABET Daniel Illman. (Absent: LSML-P Matthew Sales). (photo: Unknown)

Three sailors from HMAS Stuart received a USN Citation from the Commanding Officer of the US Navy Regional Center - Singapore, CAPT Scott Murdockin in recognition of their swift response which saved the life of a United States Navy sailor. (From left) Captain Scott Murdock USN, Able Seaman (AB) Boatswains Mate Benjamin Ridd, AB Electronics Technician (ET) Freya Gosnell, ABET Daniel Illman. (Absent: LSML-P Matthew Sales).

Four sailors from Australian warship HMAS Stuart were recognised for saving the life of an American sailor during Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 14.

A new Reserve officer learns about life onboard a warship

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Debra Holland (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Lieutenant Thompson learns how to control the flags on the starboard bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while she conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Jervis Bay, NSW. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Lieutenant Thompson learns how to control the flags on the starboard bridge wing of HMAS Arunta while she conducts a replenishment at sea with HMAS Success off the coast of Jervis Bay, NSW.

With a mixture of uncertainty, anxiousness and excitement, Navy Public Affairs Officer Lieutenant John Thompson stepped onboard the Anzac class frigate HMAS Arunta in Melbourne last month for the final phase of his Reserve Entry Officer Course.

From Brisbane to Brunei

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars (right) and Executive Officer HMAS Brunei Brenton Glover (left), search an area of interest with Northern Territory Heritage anthropologist David Steinberg during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars (right) and Executive Officer HMAS Brunei Brenton Glover (left), search an area of interest with Northern Territory Heritage anthropologist David Steinberg during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.

Having grown up as the son of a Royal Australian Navy member, Able Seaman Josh Seehars feels right at home in the small ship atmosphere of HMAS Brunei, one of the last three Landing Craft Heavy.

Soccer skills prove handy for Port Lincoln local

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

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Mark Verhoeven onboard HMAS Larrakia.  (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Mark Verhoeven onboard HMAS Larrakia.

HMAS Larrakia's recent deployment to the Philippines provided a welcome chance to pull on the boots.

Goodbye to Brunei, more challenges await

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

HMA Ships Brunei (left), Tarakan (centre) and Labuan conduct a final beaching exercise on Cowley Beach, Far North Queensland in July 2014. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

HMA Ships Brunei (left), Tarakan (centre) and Labuan conduct a final beaching exercise on Cowley Beach, Far North Queensland in July 2014.

As the Navy's Landing Craft Heavy approach their final days in the fleet, the people who serve in them share their thoughts on the 40 year old workhorses.