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Navy’s flag turns 50 as the service marks 116th birthday

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr James McPherson (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

The Australian White Ensign (AWE) flies alongside the Australian National Flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, marking the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the AWE. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)

The Australian White Ensign (AWE) flies alongside the Australian National Flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, marking the 116th birthday of the Royal Australian Navy and the 50th anniversary of the AWE.

The Australian Navy has celebrated its 116th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Australian White Ensign with events at sea and ashore, recognising the vital service the Navy provides for the nation.

Melville assists Daydream Island

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author)

HMAS Melville's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat prepares to deliver emergency water supplies to Daydream Island as the ship supports the rescue of more than 400 people, following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Melville's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat prepares to deliver emergency water supplies to Daydream Island as the ship supports the rescue of more than 400 people, following the destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

More than 400 stranded guests and staff have been rescued from Daydream Island off Queensland, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, thanks to the actions of HMAS Melville

Choules sails for cyclone support

Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

HMAS Choules has sailed to support communities that may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)

HMAS Choules has sailed to support communities that may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

HMAS Choules has sailed for northern Queensland waters in support of communities which may be affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Peace operations seminar essential

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), CPL Janine Fabre (photographer)

Commander Greg Swinden is the Reserve officer at the Sea Power Centre – Australia. (photo: CPL Janine Fabre)

Commander Greg Swinden is the Reserve officer at the Sea Power Centre – Australia.

Participants from as far away as Egypt and Jordan attended a peace operations seminar at the Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre at Weston Creek in Canberra in early March.

Parramatta saves yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety. (photo: unknown)

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety.

Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia.

Navy communications sailors excel on operations

Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer), CMDR Chloe Griggs (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, chats with Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems Lisa Brookman, during a visit to the Middle East region. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, chats with Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems Lisa Brookman, during a visit to the Middle East region.

Being used to the challenges of ship-borne communications has been an asset to delivering flexible and capable communications networks ashore as Australian Navy sailors are finding in the Middle East.

Arunta conquering the drug trade

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Chloe Griggs (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

HMAS Arunta personnel account for the illegal narcotics seized while on patrol in the Middle East region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

HMAS Arunta personnel account for the illegal narcotics seized while on patrol in the Middle East region.

HMAS Arunta has continued her tradition of successful deployments to the Middle East by seizing more than 800kg of hashish during maritime security operations.

Mission possible for Navy pilot

Published on by LCDR Stewart Mathies (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Helicopter pilot Lieutenant Caleb Muggeridge stands on the flight deck before HMAS Arunta's S-70B Seahawk while on patrol in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Helicopter pilot Lieutenant Caleb Muggeridge stands on the flight deck before HMAS Arunta's S-70B Seahawk while on patrol in the Middle East Region.

Getting the best out of working with metals needed a new perspective when a professional tradesman swapped his tools for the controls of a Navy helicopter.

Preparing for deep sea command

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper (photographer)

USN Submarine Command Course 51, Prospective Commanding Officers and Instructors at HMAS Stirling, Rockingham, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper)

USN Submarine Command Course 51, Prospective Commanding Officers and Instructors at HMAS Stirling, Rockingham, Western Australia.

Commanding a submarine is arguably one of the toughest jobs in the world so training for the role is justifiably challenging, preparing those who spend their days in the deep with the skills to lead their teams.

Fast-track to Operational Service

This article has photo gallery Published on by POML-P Brendon Davies (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan farewells to her family before boarding HMAS Arunta to sail for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jasmine Lortan farewells to her family before boarding HMAS Arunta to sail for Operation Manitou in the Middle East Region.

Less than six months out of basic training, Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Jasmine Lortan is already on the front line of a multi-national operation to counter terrorism and promote maritime security in the Middle East.