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NAIDOC Week in the west

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Zac Pitt, prepares to hoist the Torres Strait Island flag during colours ceremony on board HMAS Stirling, with other members of Stirling and families to signify the commencement of NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Newcastle’s crew called to the Captain’s table

Published on by WO Phil Smith (author), POEW Ben White (photographer)

(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Samuel Curtis, Able Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Nurzenski, Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Alix Smith, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Muller (Executive Officer) and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks enjoy receiving their meal of lobster from the Executive Officer. (photo: POEW Ben White)

(L-R) Sub Lieutenant Samuel Curtis, Able Seaman Electronic Technician Paul Nurzenski, Able Seaman Cryptologic Linguist Alix Smith, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Muller (Executive Officer) and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks enjoy receiving their meal of lobster from the Executive Officer.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean and a long way from the usual dinner queue, four lucky members of HMAS Newcastle’s ship’s company enjoyed a sumptuous lobster dinner in the Commanding Officer’s (CO) cabin.

Stirling donates the gift of life

Published on by LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Seaman Communications and Information Systems Bonnie Street donates blood in the Red Cross mobile donations unit alongside other sailors at HMAS Stirling.

Close to 100 defence personnel rolled up their sleeves and donated the gift of life, when the Australian Red Cross Blood Donation Service visited HMAS Stirling recently.

Strong partnerships help improve conditions in Island nations

Published on by LEUT Emily Kennedy (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background. (photo: LAC David Cotton)

Local people wait to be seen at the Medical Community Aid Post set up outside the Vanimo Hospital. HMAS Tobruk is at anchor in the background.

Australian Defence Force personnel are playing a vital role as key contributors to PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, a United States-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission to help improve the lives of people in the Pacific Region.

West Head Gunnery Range Flinders community visit and PWO50 Course

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Members of the Flinders Community Organisation in front of the 72mm gun at West Head Gunnery Range. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

Members of the Flinders Community Organisation in front of the 72mm gun at West Head Gunnery Range.

West Head Gunnery Range (WHGR), an outstation of HMAS Cerberus located in Flinders, Victoria, welcomed residents of the Flinders community to tour their training facilities and witness a firing exercise by the Principle Warfare Officers Course 50 (PWO 50).

CMDR Ben Favelle 'went to gaol' for a night as part of the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Darwin

Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author and photographer)

CMDR Ben Favelle settles in for the night at the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Darwin. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)

CMDR Ben Favelle settles in for the night at the 2013 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Darwin.

CMDR Ben Favelle - The Senior Naval Officer NT and Commanding Officer of patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra - ‘went to gaol’ for a night recently.

Successful TANG Expo in the West

Published on by Mr David Gamble (author)

Personnel from Royal Australian Navy, ADO and USN observe demonstrations of the latest software technology from Adobe and Google at the Australian BYG-1 Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) Expo held at HMAS Stirling. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)

Personnel from Royal Australian Navy, ADO and USN observe demonstrations of the latest software technology from Adobe and Google at the Australian BYG-1 Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) Expo held at HMAS Stirling.

A team of facilitators, subject matter experts and sailors from the United States has joined RAN submariners and human systems researchers from DSTO to conduct an important workshop in Western Australia.

Navy promotes International Fleet Review through V8 connection

Published on by LCDR Don Hogarth (author), Sarah Keayes (photographer)

Dick Johnson Racing Team with 723 Squadron's Squirrel Helicopter at Surfers Paradise. (photo: Sarah Keayes)

Dick Johnson Racing Team with 723 Squadron's Squirrel Helicopter at Surfers Paradise.

A Squirrel helicopter from 723 SQN in its new IFR livery has helped promote the upcoming International Fleet Review through Navy's alliance with V8 Supercars.

International Fleet Review – more ships announced and website relaunched

Published on by LEUT Celeste Ecuyer (author)

A screen capture of the home page of the new International Fleet Review website. (photo: Navy Web Services)

A screen capture of the home page of the new International Fleet Review website.

With ten weeks to go until the commencement of the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review (IFR) Sydney 2013, two more ships have been announced and a redesigned IFR website has been launched.

Old Navy helicopter takes to the air

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Pup Elliott (author), Mr Rob Crawford (photographer), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

The N9-3102 Iroquois 894 helicopter is removed from its pole at the entrance to Nowra for refurbishment leading up to the International Fleet Review. (photo: Mr Robert Crawford)

The N9-3102 Iroquois 894 helicopter is removed from its pole at the entrance to Nowra for refurbishment leading up to the International Fleet Review.

A piece of Navy’s Fleet Air Arm history recently took to the skies again over Nowra. Iroquois 894, Serial N9-3102, which marks the gateway to Nowra outside the Shoalhaven Tourist Information Centre, was lifted off its mount by volunteers from the Fleet Air Arm Museum in preparation for the upcoming International Fleet Review.