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Thursday Island sailor keeps Melbourne on task

Published on by LCDR Julian Brett (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell onboard HMAS Melbourne currently on patrol in the Middle East Region on Operation MANITOU.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Franceen Ketchell has achieved some significant milestones in her relatively short Navy career.

Have cannon, will travel

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer)

The model cannon at sea on board HMNZS Te Kaha in the Dardanelles. (photo: Unknown)

The model cannon at sea on board HMNZS Te Kaha in the Dardanelles.

A small model cannon that was removed from Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks Sergeants’ Mess in October 2014 was returned to the mess on 25 September, resulting in a considerable donation to Legacy.

Take action on World Mental Health Day

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Michelle Fretwell (author), CPL Nick Wiseman (photographer), LAC Michael Green (photographer)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014. (photo: CPL Nick Wiseman)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs officially launches the Australian Defence Force's Mental Health Day in 2014.

Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day and the Department of Defence is encouraging everyone to talk freely about concerns, support mechanisms and challenges with mental health.

Courage rewarded at last

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Seventy one years after he was killed during the Second World War, Pilot Officer Jim Hocking will be awarded a Star of Courage. His legend lives on in the Navy through his great nephew, Lieutenant Aaron Hocking. (photo: Unknown)

Seventy one years after he was killed during the Second World War, Pilot Officer Jim Hocking will be awarded a Star of Courage. His legend lives on in the Navy through his great nephew, Lieutenant Aaron Hocking.

A  campaign of handwritten letters by a now 93-year-old Queensland woman has resulted in the overdue awarding of a Star of Courage to an Air Force pilot killed in a fiery crash over England on July 28, 1944.

A busy man gives something back

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Able Seaman Luke Shea, during Exercise DUGONG 15. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Able Seaman Luke Shea, during Exercise DUGONG 15.

It’s said if you want a job done, give it to a busy person, this phrase certainly applies to Able Seaman Clearance Diver Luke Shea. A member of Australian Naval Reserve Dive Team Ten, based in the beautiful port city of Hobart, Able Seaman Shea is a family man, the General Manager of Tasmania’s largest automotive group, JMC Automotive, as well as finding time to serve his country as a diver.

Navy engineer helping destroyers become reality

Published on by Danielle DeSantis (author), Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance (photographer)

Commander Tony Miskelly is the Test and Evaluation Manager for the Hobart Class Destroyer project. (photo: Unknown)

Commander Tony Miskelly is the Test and Evaluation Manager for the Hobart Class Destroyer project.

In a unique arrangement between the Royal Australian Navy and the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, a number of Navy personnel are currently embedded in the project to maximise collaboration between industry and Defence. This partnership allows for the Navy to develop ‘technical masters’ of the Hobart class destroyer capability by engaging them early in the project in key engineering and project management roles.

The cold water specialist at home during Exercise DUGONG

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Leading Seaman Nicholas Dingle, inside his team's storage room during Exercise DUGONG 15. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Royal Australian Navy reservist diver from Diving Team 10, Leading Seaman Nicholas Dingle, inside his team's storage room during Exercise DUGONG 15.

Quiet, with a glint in his eye, Leading Seaman Clearance Diver Nick Dingle, is a man who inspires confidence and respect. Currently involved in Exercise DUGONG 15, as an active member of Naval Reserve Diving Team 10, Leading Seaman Dingle has established himself as a qualified and highly competent member of a very tight team.

A sea of firsts for Boatswains Mate

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry from HMAS Arunta shakes hands with the Malaysian Navy team after taking part in a friendly football match during HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius's port visit to Kemaman, Malaysia. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry from HMAS Arunta shakes hands with the Malaysian Navy team after taking part in a friendly football match during HMA Ships Arunta and Sirius's port visit to Kemaman, Malaysia.

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Parry arrived in Subic Bay in the Philippines today onboard HMAS Arunta which is conducting a port visit as part of the ship’s North East Asian deployment, of which the Philippines is just one of many stops.

Ready for all situations

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Aaron Curran (photographer)

Commander Troy Van Tienhoven working in Domestic and Regional Operations at the Joint Control Centre, Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC). (photo: CPL Aaron Curran)

Commander Troy Van Tienhoven working in Domestic and Regional Operations at the Joint Control Centre, Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC).

A posting to Headquarters Joint Operations Command at Bungendore, just outside Canberra, can significantly benefit an officer’s career, according to Commander Troy Van Tienhoven.

Sailor exploring heritage during Philippines visit

Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Aaron Scott as he takes time away from his primary role of HMAS Arunta’s Underwater Sensors and Navigational Aids technician to coxswain one of the ship's Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Aaron Scott as he takes time away from his primary role of HMAS Arunta’s Underwater Sensors and Navigational Aids technician to coxswain one of the ship's Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.

Able Seaman Electronic Technician Aaron Scott is currently serving in his third ship in his five years with the Royal Australian Navy, and as part of HMAS Arunta’s ship's company, he is preparing to arrive in Subic Bay, in the Philippines.