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Stirling puts on VIP treatment for special visitor

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer), Ms Kerry Tate (photographer)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander David Landon, RAN, welcomes Mr Ian Blackburn on the bridge of Ballarat prior to a comprehensive tour of the bridge by Navigating Officer Lieutenant Michael Gordon.   (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Commanding Officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander David Landon, RAN, welcomes Mr Ian Blackburn on the bridge of Ballarat prior to a comprehensive tour of the bridge by Navigating Officer Lieutenant Michael Gordon.

For a long time, Ian Blackburn has had a voracious appetite for all things Navy and a recent visit to HMA Ships Stirling and Ballarat fulfilled a lifelong ambition for him.

Big hearts at Harman

Published on by CMDR Chloe Wootten (author), Unknown (photographer)

Members of the HARMAN Command Team attended the annual Queanbeyan Legacy ladies Christmas Luncheon on Saturday 5 December at the Queanbeyan Kangaroo's Rugby League Club to present the cheque to the President of Queanbeyan Legacy, Mr Jack Sealey. (photo: Unknown)

Members of the HARMAN Command Team attended the annual Queanbeyan Legacy ladies Christmas Luncheon on Saturday 5 December at the Queanbeyan Kangaroo's Rugby League Club to present the cheque to the President of Queanbeyan Legacy, Mr Jack Sealey.

Canberra Navy base HMAS Harman is short on ships but big on generosity. This year the small team have chosen to volunteer their time and fundraising skills again for ship's charity, Queanbeyan Legacy.

A true Aussie hero

This article has photo gallery Published on by SQNLDR Nicola Frost (author), CPL Ben Dempster (photographer)

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to the Middle East region, show-case their quilts and laundry bags, produced and delivered by over 200 volunteer quilters in Australia, as part of Aussie Hero Quilts. (photo: CPL Ben Dempster)

Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to the Middle East region, show-case their quilts and laundry bags, produced and delivered by over 200 volunteer quilters in Australia, as part of Aussie Hero Quilts.

On operations today, someone's day just got better. They have not only received some post from Australia but they have received a parcel from an unknown, deeply talented and caring person who makes quilts or laundry bags for deployed Australian service personnel.

Donations a relief at Christmas

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

From the left, Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Dove Smithett presents one of the many boxes full of donations collected by the HMAS Cerberus community to Melbourne Period Project (MPP) volunteers Jude Blake, Emma Schafer, and MPP Co-Founder Natalie Cruz at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

From the left, Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Dove Smithett presents one of the many boxes full of donations collected by the HMAS Cerberus community to Melbourne Period Project (MPP) volunteers Jude Blake, Emma Schafer, and MPP Co-Founder Natalie Cruz at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

One sailor has rallied the ship's company of one of the nation's largest bases to support Melbourne's homeless this Christmas.

Steaming ahead for Christmas cheer

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria State President, Mr Michael Liddy (left) and Warrant Officer Ian Waller (right) help load the Navy Steam Club's 1923 Foden Steam Wagon with donated toys for 'Vinnie's Christmas Gift Appeal 2015' at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria State President, Mr Michael Liddy (left) and Warrant Officer Ian Waller (right) help load the Navy Steam Club's 1923 Foden Steam Wagon with donated toys for 'Vinnie's Christmas Gift Appeal 2015' at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.

Melbourne turned on a sunny day recently to accompany a special delivery of toys destined to brighten Christmas day for hundreds of children on Christmas morning.

Sydney Navy personnel thank their neighbours in style

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band performs as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during HMAS Penguin's annual Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band performs as the Australian White Ensign is lowered during HMAS Penguin's annual Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset.

The Royal Australian Navy's enduring ties to Sydney were on display recently, with north shore locals treated to a stirring display of pomp and pageantry.

Hastings welcomes armed men and women of HMAS Cerberus

This article has photo gallery Published on by SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater, OAM, RAN, leads his Ship's Company in the HMAS Cerberus Freedom of Entry to the City of Hastings, Victoria.

When 700 Australian Defence Force members from HMAS Cerberus marched through Main Street, Hastings, Victoria on Saturday, they weren't just re-enacting a tradition; they were acknowledging a shared sense of community and history reaching back 95 years to when sailors first started training in the area at Flinders Naval Base.

ADF Gets Revved Up over Men's Health

Published on by WO2 Andrew Hetherington (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Officer, Commander Gary Brown, with his 1700cc, 2013 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Slim.

He entered his bike in the Brindabella Park, show and shine competition on November 19, raising funds for 2016 The Long Ride and Prostate Cancer research. (photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington)

Royal Australian Navy Officer, Commander Gary Brown, with his 1700cc, 2013 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Slim. He entered his bike in the Brindabella Park, show and shine competition on November 19, raising funds for 2016 The Long Ride and Prostate Cancer research.

Fundraising for prostate cancer research and fanatical discussions about motorbikes and next year's Long Ride began early at a show and shine held at Brindabella Park, Canberra, in November.

How ‘Mo’ can you go?

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

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Melanie Verho, RAN, (right) judges the moustaches for Movember's 'Best Sculpted Mo' competition on the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground, Victoria.

As November approached, anticipation grew among the men of HMAS Cerberus with many planning their 'manscaping' for a chance to win the 2015 Cerberus Movember Challenge.

Veterans honoured by French

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Ambassador of France to Australia, His Excellency Monsieur Christophe Lecourtier, stands with former WWII veterans after being awarded the French Legion of Honour onboard the French frigate FNS Vendémiaire at Garden Island, Sydney. (L-R) Mr John Eppel, Mr Alf Humphreys, Mr Ken Joyce, Mr Bill McRae, His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier and Mr Don Browning. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)

Ambassador of France to Australia, His Excellency Monsieur Christophe Lecourtier, stands with former WWII veterans after being awarded the French Legion of Honour onboard the French frigate FNS Vendémiaire at Garden Island, Sydney. (L-R) Mr John Eppel, Mr Alf Humphreys, Mr Ken Joyce, Mr Bill McRae, His Excellency M. Christophe Lecourtier and Mr Don Browning.

Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, five Australian veterans were recognised with the Légion d'honneur onboard the French frigate Vendémiaire, alongside Garden Island, Sydney.