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A 117th Birthday, a 105th and 51st Birthday and still going strong

Published on by LCDR Jocelyn Blowfield (author), POATV Ben Clemens (photographer)

HMAS Creswell has celebrated the Royal Australian Navy's 117th Birthday as Officers from NEOC (New Entry Officers' Course) 58 held the Australian White Ensign and formed the numbers 117. The flag was proudly supplied by the team at 816 Squadron MH-60R at HMAS Albatross. (photo: POATV Ben Clemens)

HMAS Creswell has celebrated the Royal Australian Navy's 117th Birthday as Officers from NEOC (New Entry Officers' Course) 58 held the Australian White Ensign and formed the numbers 117. The flag was proudly supplied by the team at 816 Squadron MH-60R at HMAS Albatross.

On 1st March, New Entry Officers at HMAS Creswell paused in their training to mark the heritage and traditions of the Naval College on its 105th birthday and commemorate the 117th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy.

 

Birthday celebrations for Navy

Published on by SBLT Max Logan (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer), ABMT Leo Baumgartner (photographer), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

In keeping with tradition Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN cuts the birthday cake with youngest member present Seaman Electronics Technician Clark Bilton from the Australian Federation Guard during the Royal Australian Navy's 117th birthday commemorations at Russell Offices Canberra. (photo: LS Jayson Tufrey)

In keeping with tradition Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN cuts the birthday cake with youngest member present Seaman Electronics Technician Clark Bilton from the Australian Federation Guard during the Royal Australian Navy's 117th birthday commemorations at Russell Offices Canberra.

Defence members across Australia, including those at sea on exercise, have taken a moment out of their busy days to celebrate Navy’s 117th birthday.

 

Navy marks its 117th birthday

Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), LS Jayson Tufrey (photographer)

Navy’s 117th birthday commemorations take place at the Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra  (photo: LS Jayson Tufrey)

Navy’s 117th birthday commemorations take place at the Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra

The Royal Australian Navy has marked its 117th birthday with services and celebrations across the country. Navy members joined together at a commemorative service at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial in Canberra, at birthday barbeques and cake cuttings across the nation and overseas, including ships at sea on exercise and operation.

 

Navy Bridging Train remembered

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author and photographer)

HMAS Cerberus Commanding Officer Captain Tim Standen, RAN, CSC lays a wreath in front of a new plaque dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy Bridging Train at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne­.  (photo: LEUT Ryan Zerbe)

HMAS Cerberus Commanding Officer Captain Tim Standen, RAN, CSC lays a wreath in front of a new plaque dedicated to the Royal Australian Navy Bridging Train at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne­.

One of the Royal Australian Navy’s most unusual units - the last to leave the Gallipoli Peninsula - has been recognised during a small service in Melbourne.

 

Navy golfers compete in Tasmania

Published on by CPO Anthony Martin (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

All hands on the Cup, from left: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Mr Colin Buxton, Royal Hobart Golf Club; and Captain Grant McLennan. (photo: Department of Defence)

All hands on the Cup, from left: Warrant Officer Alan Hart; Mr Colin Buxton, Royal Hobart Golf Club; and Captain Grant McLennan.

The Naval Golf Association (NGA) recently completed a tour of Tasmania culminating in a hard fought game for the Captain Walton Drake Cup.

 

True blue values for Navy footy teams

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

The Royal Australian Navy Australian Football Association (RANAFA) national women's and men's teams at Ikon Park, home of the Carlton Football Club. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

The Royal Australian Navy Australian Football Association (RANAFA) national women's and men's teams at Ikon Park, home of the Carlton Football Club.

An affinity for navy blue was just one shared trait between the Royal Australian Navy Australian Football Association (RANAFA) and the Carlton Football Club as both organisations came together to share lessons.

 

Touch football brings shipmates together

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robinson (author), CPL Julia Whitwell (photographer)

Ms Kristy Ward from the Defence Force Recruiting team was named Most Valuable Player in the 2018 HMAS Harman Touch Football Championships. (photo: CPL Julia Whitwell)

Ms Kristy Ward from the Defence Force Recruiting team was named Most Valuable Player in the 2018 HMAS Harman Touch Football Championships.

Teamwork and esprit de corps were common themes during the annual Touch Football Championships at HMAS Harman recently.

 

Navy rivals meet on the football pitch

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), ABIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

The HMAS Stirling/Fleet Base West team (blue) competes against a team from HMS Sutherland in a friendly soccer match at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval. (photo: ABIS Ronnie Baltoft)

The HMAS Stirling/Fleet Base West team (blue) competes against a team from HMS Sutherland in a friendly soccer match at the HMAS Stirling Sports Oval.

The HMAS Stirling men’s football team has faced off with British counterparts from the Royal Navy’s HMS Sutherland during a match at Stirling in Western Australia.

 

Rich history amidst Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup 2018

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Nick Stoker (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

RANRU assistant coach, CPO Jason Harrington, MIDN Jonte Heirdsfeild and head coach WO Dave Carter. In the background is HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s oldest commissioned warship. (photo: Department of Defence)

RANRU assistant coach, CPO Jason Harrington, MIDN Jonte Heirdsfeild and head coach WO Dave Carter. In the background is HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s oldest commissioned warship.

The men's national Royal Australian Navy Rugby Union (RANRU) squad, currently touring France and the UK for the triennial Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup (CNRC), has witnessed a number of unique milestones with the RAN's involvement this year.

Navy football coaches get elite tips

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Craig Walton (photographer)

(From left) Navy Football Federation Australia (FFA) Director of Football, Lieutenant Commander Jim Ford, RAN, Western Sydney Wanders Technical Director Ian Crook, Treasurer of Navy FFA, Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Pete Burnett and Royal Australian Navy FFA player Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Rick Lea at an A-League WSW training session in Rooty Hill, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Craig Walton)

(From left) Navy Football Federation Australia (FFA) Director of Football, Lieutenant Commander Jim Ford, RAN, Western Sydney Wanders Technical Director Ian Crook, Treasurer of Navy FFA, Chief Petty Officer Combat Systems Manager Pete Burnett and Royal Australian Navy FFA player Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Rick Lea at an A-League WSW training session in Rooty Hill, Sydney.

Members of the Navy Football Association (FFA) recently had the opportunity to receive elite level coaching tips from Western Sydney Wanderers’ Technical Director Ian Crook at the Wanderers’ Training facility at Rooty Hill.