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The Bravo Zulu Project

Published on by CMDR Alistair Cooper (author)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

Current and ex-serving Royal Australian Navy honour and award recipients are being called on to tell their stories in a new book that will set the individuals’ stories in the historical context of the development, activities and operations of the Royal Australian Navy over the past 114 years.

Led by a retired Navy Captain, a small group of volunteer researchers is seeking out the background stories behind every imperial, national, civil and foreign honour and award made to Australian naval people from 1900 to Australia Day 2014.

Jake’s Wish

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

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (right) explains the Class Two Cap to 12 year old Jake during his visit to HMAS Cerberus, Victoria as part of his Starlight Wish.  Parental consent was given for these images to be taken. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Stephen Bowater OAM, RAN (right) explains the Class Two Cap to 12 year old Jake during his visit to HMAS Cerberus, Victoria as part of his Starlight Wish. Parental consent was given for these images to be taken.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

When Starlight Children’s Foundation asked the Royal Australian Navy to help grant the wish of a young boy, the response was enthusiastic. Consequently, 12 year old Jake and his family visited HMAS Cerberus and NUSHIP Canberra on August 7 and 8 for an up close look at what Navy does.

Navy people brave the cold to help give homelessness the heave-ho

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer), Mr Rob Crawford (photographer)

Personnel from HMAS Albatross get ready to camp out overnight under the stars in support of 'Sleep Out Shoalhaven'. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)

Personnel from HMAS Albatross get ready to camp out overnight under the stars in support of 'Sleep Out Shoalhaven'.

HMAS Albatross personnel joined the Nowra community in sending out an SOS on behalf of the homeless when they participated in the inaugural Sleep Out Shoalhaven.

Team makes rejoining easy

Published on by LSIS Helen Frank (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Able Seaman Marine Technician, Stephen Timberlake checks the oil levels in the engine room onboard HMAS Gascoyne.  (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

Able Seaman Marine Technician, Stephen Timberlake checks the oil levels in the engine room onboard HMAS Gascoyne.

Navy’s Re-join Case Management Team is once again open for business and helping previous members to re-join the ranks.

Admiral’s Own tours the top end

Published on by ABMUSN Ellen Zyla (author and photographer)

The Admirals Own Rock Band: Leading Seaman Musician Haylen Newman, Able Seaman Musician James Roach, Leading Seaman Musician Tracy Kennedy, Able Seaman Musician Christopher Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Musician Andrew Stapleton and Leading Seaman Musician Lachlan McFie. (photo: ABMUSN Ellen Zyla)

The Admirals Own Rock Band: Leading Seaman Musician Haylen Newman, Able Seaman Musician James Roach, Leading Seaman Musician Tracy Kennedy, Able Seaman Musician Christopher Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Musician Andrew Stapleton and Leading Seaman Musician Lachlan McFie.

Recently, six members of the Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, who make up a smaller group known as the ‘Admirals Own Rock Band’, travelled to Arnhem Land in far northern Australia to perform in some of the most remote Indigenous Communities in the country, alongside members from the Defence Indigenous Development Program.

Delta Squadron has a charitable day

Published on by LEUT Kiz Burtenshaw (author), SGT William Guthrie (author)

Midshipman Douglas Wells (left) and Alan Jones volunteer their time to conduct some maintenance at the Western Creek RSPCA facility. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)

Midshipman Douglas Wells (left) and Alan Jones volunteer their time to conduct some maintenance at the Western Creek RSPCA facility.

Recently, 160 Officer Cadets and Midshipmen from Delta Squadron, Australian Defence Force Academy dispersed to six different locations to carry out a day of volunteering in the local community.

An afternoon 'frittered away' for a worthy cause

Published on by LCDR Jeremy Richardson (author), ABEW Matthew Cox (photographer)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann prepares 'Portuguese Fritters' with members of the ship's company for White Ribbon Night at sea.  (photo: ABEW Matthew Cox)

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney, Commander Karl Brinckmann prepares 'Portuguese Fritters' with members of the ship's company for White Ribbon Night at sea.

As HMAS Sydney was at Sea for White Ribbon Night, the ship’s company took the opportunity to indulge in a Friday afternoon tea at sea. To make this an afternoon tea to remember, it was decided early on that the key ingredient would be enough Portuguese Fritters for the whole Ship’s Company.

Fleet HQ and Kuttabul put on their jeans

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors in the gardens of HMAS Kuttabul, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day. (From left) Leading Seaman Jennifer Jenkinson, Seaman Keeylan Hume, Able Seaman Liam White, Leading Seaman Kurt Cartwright and Leading Seaman Troy Martin. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors in the gardens of HMAS Kuttabul, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day. (From left) Leading Seaman Jennifer Jenkinson, Seaman Keeylan Hume, Able Seaman Liam White, Leading Seaman Kurt Cartwright and Leading Seaman Troy Martin.

Members from HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters have once again swapped uniforms for denim throwing their support behind Jeans for Genes Day.

'Sub' sets off for Variety Bash

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

The Royal Australian Navy entry for the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash, a HR Holden wagon dressed as a submarine on the wharf at Fleet Base East with HMAS Sirius in the background. This year's crew for the 2014 NSW Variety Bash are (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Shane Tacon, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Electrical Brett Ross and Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)

The Royal Australian Navy entry for the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash, a HR Holden wagon dressed as a submarine on the wharf at Fleet Base East with HMAS Sirius in the background. This year's crew for the 2014 NSW Variety Bash are (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Shane Tacon, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Electrical Brett Ross and Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong.

One half of the Royal Australian Navy’s entry to the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash has departed Garden Island bound for Brisbane, the start of this year’s event.

Sailors help out at Village Children's Centre

Published on by ABHSO Kate Jolley (author and photographer)

HMAS Cairns members, Able Seamen Glen Murray, John Beecher and Christopher Cali, with staff and children of the Village Children's Centre enjoy the rewards of their hard work on their newly refurbished dinghy. 
 (photo: ABHSO Kate Jolley)

HMAS Cairns members, Able Seamen Glen Murray, John Beecher and Christopher Cali, with staff and children of the Village Children's Centre enjoy the rewards of their hard work on their newly refurbished dinghy.

Recently, three sailors from HMAS Cairns volunteered their time to help out at the Village Kids Children’s Centre.