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Tasmanian swaps the supermarket for a career at sea

Published on by LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bradley Spinks on the flag deck of HMAS Tobruk.

Seaman Bradley Spinks swapped his job stacking the supermarket shelves for a career at sea - and couldn’t be happier with his decision.

Wynnum sailor makes it three for three

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for Milan 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for Milan 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region.

Wynnum local Christian Duncan was following in the footsteps of his two brothers, who serve in the Navy and Air Force, when he joined the Navy in 2008. Making the decision to join the Navy fulfilled the wishes of his late father, who always wanted all three sons to join the Australian Defence Force.

Sailor turns gap year into career

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike onboard HMAS Childers with various navies alongside for Milan 2014, a maritime activity in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, India. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike onboard HMAS Childers with various navies alongside for Milan 2014, a maritime activity in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, India.

Able Seaman Kirsty Strike and her ship mates onboard HMAS Childers, an Armidale Class Patrol Boat, are returning home from Kirsty's first overseas deployment with the Navy.

A day in the life of a Patrol Boat Chef

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic-Chef Alex Shears fires up the barbeque at the Milan 2014 Food and Cultural display alongside Port Blair, India. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Maritime Logistic-Chef Alex Shears fires up the barbeque at the Milan 2014 Food and Cultural display alongside Port Blair, India.

As the Ship’s Company of HMAS Childers continue their current Indian Ocean deployment, Able Seaman Alex Shears shares his job experience as a Maritime Logistic - Chef.

New officers bound for the mainland

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.                                 (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Three young Tasmanians were appointed as New Entry Officers for the Royal Australian Navy in a ceremony aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound earlier this week.

News recruits find their feet

Published on by LEUT Melissa Cowling (author), ABML-C Daniel Hancock (photographer)

The first group of recruits for Shipp Division arrive at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.  (photo: ABML-C Daniel Hancock)

The first group of recruits for Shipp Division arrive at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus.

On the 3 February, 90 brand new recruits joined the Navy. They arrived at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School, at HMAS Cerberus, from Darwin, Hobart, Sydney, Perth and everywhere in between to begin an 11 week journey to become sailors.

Sailor marks 28 years in the Navy

Published on by ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Petty Officer Boatswain Bruce Walsh onboard HMAS Tobruk.       (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Petty Officer Boatswain Bruce Walsh onboard HMAS Tobruk.

Petty Officer Boatswain Bruce Walsh joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986 as a Reservist, a big change from his former life as a Painter and Decorator. In 2004 POB Walsh transferred to the full time Navy because he enjoyed the Navy lifestyle and wanted to make it a career.

Free doctors visits a winning formula for Navy families

Published on by LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

File Image: The O'Hehir family wave to HMAS Sheean from Diamantina Pier as HMAS Sheean returns to Fleet Base West, after a South East Asia Deployment. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

File Image: The O'Hehir family wave to HMAS Sheean from Diamantina Pier as HMAS Sheean returns to Fleet Base West, after a South East Asia Deployment.

The families of Royal Australian Navy members can now see a General Practitioner without gap expenses, after the Australian Defence Force Family Health Program was rolled out to all Defence members on January 1.

Like father, like daughter - newest Navy recruit follows in her dad’s footsteps

Published on by Ms Melinda McMullen (author), Unknown (photographer)

Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong. 

 (photo: Unknown)

Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong.

In a first for Wollongong Defence Force Recruiting, new Midshipman Jessica McGannon was officially sworn into the Royal Australian Navy by her father, Commander John McGannon, in an enlistment ceremony held at the Australian Hydrographic Office earlier this week.

Darwin family fills Navy ranks

Published on by Mr Darryl Johnston (author and photographer)

(L to R) Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, ADFA appointee, Matthew Phelps and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin. (photo: Darryl Johnston )

(L to R) Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, ADFA appointee, Matthew Phelps and Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin.

Matthew Phelps is following in the footsteps of his older brother and sister and has joined the ranks of the Royal Australian Navy.