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Australia Day 2015 Honours - A passion recognised

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

Leading Seaman Medic Emily Ettridge at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Leading Seaman Medic Emily Ettridge at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Leading Seaman Medic Emily Ettridge is bursting with enthusiasm for her job as an Advanced Medical Assistant in Navy and now she has even more call to be passionate and proud. As part of the Australia Day Honours and Awards, Leading Seaman Ettridge was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious achievement as the First Aid Recruit Instructor at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.

Australia Day 2015 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).

We are proud to share the names of the 19 Royal Australian Navy members who have been recognised in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List. The Australian Honours System recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution and achievements of a diversity of Australians.

Australia Day 2015 Honours - Diversity recognised

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Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: Mrs Lauren Larking)

Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Chief of Navy's Strategic Adviser on Indigenous Cultural Affairs, Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, said being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List was a great honour and not one he would take lightly.

Metung local makes waves in Navy

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

HMAS Larrakia Commanding Officer (Attack Four) Lieutenant Commander David McPherson on the bridge wing of Larrakia as she departs the Philippines to return to Australia. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Larrakia Commanding Officer (Attack Four) Lieutenant Commander David McPherson on the bridge wing of Larrakia as she departs the Philippines to return to Australia.

At the tender age of 30, Metung local David McPherson has the distinction of being the youngest sea-going Commanding Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Capability is what counts

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Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac, Commander Belinda Wood, RAN on Anzac's bridge wing as she departs Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Commanding Officer HMAS Anzac, Commander Belinda Wood, RAN on Anzac's bridge wing as she departs Fleet Base East, Sydney.

Born and bred in Canberra, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac, Commander Belinda Wood, has spent her Navy career moving between sea postings and key staff positions in Canberra, where she lives with her spouse Kristy.

Australia Day 2015 Honours - Deputy Chief leads the way

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Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen salutes after laying a wreath at the HMAS Canberra memorial service at Kings Park, Canberra. (photo: POIS Ollie Garside)

Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Michael van Balen salutes after laying a wreath at the HMAS Canberra memorial service at Kings Park, Canberra.

Distinguished service in a variety of challenging command and leadership positions has earned Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Military Division of the 2015 Australia Day Honours List.

Australia Day 2015 Honours - Navy's most Senior Sailor

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File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

 (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)

File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

“Actually a little bit humbled, and quite surprised,” was how Warrant Officer of the Navy Martin Holzberger described being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours List.

Technical sailors race into 2015 with Ford Performance Racing

Published on by LEUT Ben Willee (author), LCDR Don Hogarth (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy technical sailors with the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar in Melbourne.(Rear from left) Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Marine Technician (LSMT) Danny Green. (Front from left) LSMT Kate Greenwood, ABATA Sam Dever and Able Seaman MT Sarah Battenally. (photo: LCDR Don Hogarth)

Royal Australian Navy technical sailors with the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar in Melbourne.(Rear from left) Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Cameron Cummins and Leading Seaman Marine Technician (LSMT) Danny Green. (Front from left) LSMT Kate Greenwood, ABATA Sam Dever and Able Seaman MT Sarah Battenally.

The Royal Australian Navy's partnership with Ford Performance Racing raced into its fourth year on January 19, with the latest rotation of Navy's technical sailors stepping into the high tech world of V8 Supercars.

From Granville to the Gulf

Published on by LEUT Michelle Rayner (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Petty Officer Combat System Supervisor Steven Schonrock with his wife Mel and two daughters, Kensie and Ivy at the farewell of the Combined Maritime Force’s Canadian led Combined Task Force 150 before he departs for the Middle East. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Petty Officer Combat System Supervisor Steven Schonrock with his wife Mel and two daughters, Kensie and Ivy at the farewell of the Combined Maritime Force’s Canadian led Combined Task Force 150 before he departs for the Middle East.

For Petty Officer Steven Schonrock of Maryborough, Queensland, swapping travelling around Australia and working as a deckhand, for travelling around the world working as a Combat Systems Operator in the Royal Australian Navy was a challenging but rewarding step.

Women in Navy series - Leading Seaman Aviation Technician - Avionics Lauren Short

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Stock Image: Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Lauren Short on the aft flight deck of HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise RIMPAC 2010. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)

Stock Image: Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Lauren Short on the aft flight deck of HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise RIMPAC 2010.

When Leading Seaman Aviation Technician - Avionics Lauren Short joined the Royal Australian Navy eight years ago, her eyes were firmly fixed on a technical job.